Yesterday was the last day of my husbands vacation and he was home with me having ended his extravaganza at the Bonneville Salt Flats a few days early as the racers came, saw, conquered faster than anticipated. He had a chance to attend thanks to someone’s cancellation and it turned out to be a check on his bucket list, something he’ll never forget.
So since he was home with me, what do you think we decided to do for fun? That’s right people, gamble! I have been a big loser lately and it has been upsetting me, I HATE to lose. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, my significant other has been a BIG winner. His trip, side expenses, were all “On The House” as the casinos say! He stopped off at The Nugget in Nevada with his friend and continued to win. Saints be praised!
So whenever we go to the casino my husband gravitates to this one machine – Invaders from the Planet MOOLAH and usually does pretty well. Yesterday when we were at the casino the loons must have been out, because as I was sitting next to him at MY machine I was also next to this very aggressive guy who was punching, yes I did say PUNCHING the screen hoping to make it WIN! Obviously, this situation was untenable to me, MS. Sensitive, so I had to move to the other Fairy machine, which was so not cool, as I like to follow my mojo, but every time this passive-aggressive maniac punched the machine, I flinched and the knot in my back got bigger and bigger. Really! I swear. It was just so weird. So, it seemed the other Fairy machine was not in a generous mood and I fed it my $20’s. Booo! Eventually I hit for $50 and punched out. Mr. Aggressive successfully punched the crap out of his machine which took it’s revenge by sucking up all his money. By this time he thankfully moved on to bully some more machines to pay him by brute force. I wonder how that’s working for him?
Now on my other side is another guy who’s playing max bet, which is $5 a pop. He seems to be doing real well. I’m congratulating him as he gets a few bonuses and watching him (since my machine is not doing anything but tease me) as he hurries them along, by pushing the bet button before they even finish naturally at their own speed. He’s all about the money. I know how he feels. Sometimes I get in the zone and really WANT to win too much and then the gambling Gods go hide. Yup, fact! He doesn’t look or feel like he’s having fun. I say something to him like, Well, you seem to be doing well, and he says, I’m into this machine for $1,000. OMG! What did he think he was gonna score on a 5 cent machine with his $1,000 to leave winning, hmmm? When I sat down next to him he had $580 and bet that down to $0. Wow! Hey big spender, in my book, if you left with the $580 you would have lost ONLY $400, maybe it was time to go home then, you would have been a bigger winner, or less of a loser, just sayin’?! But what the hell do I know? I guess we all have our own strategy. But I think it’s supposed to be FUN! After losing the large amount he then put in another $100 or $200 lost down to $1.00 brought it back up to $250 and we left with my $50 and my husbands $80 & $100 so we have no idea what he ended up doing. He was so intense though, he was staring at the machine, trying to MAKE it win, it was kind of creepy! He did not look like he was enjoying the entertainment . . .I thought gambling was supposed to be good fun, but I guess it takes all kinds!
We try to leave with something when we gamble and we only bring about $100 or a little more and usually it’s from having won to start with. But, that’s just our strategy, we’re also not usually really BIG winners, nor big losers! We don’t bet big either, we bet 20 or 25 nickels at the most. I usually play 2 cent machines and I’m happy there, winning $50 to $150 at a pop when I do win. So that is my philosophy on gambling take it for what it’s worth… obviously really NOTHING, just opinion!
(C) Written by Evelyn Garone 8/2011