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Posted on Monday, September 7th, 2009

Dave!Over the next couple days I'm having my blog templates upgraded, so there may be some problems pop up while things get sorted out. I was going to do a redesign at the same time, but I kind of like my blog the way it is.

Blog Broked

   

A couple people asked me "how I did" in Vegas. Since I made it home alive, I'd say I did okay, but I don't think that's what they are talking about... they want to know how much money I won or lost. The truth is that I am not much of a gambler, even though I seem to be luckier than average.

Which is to say that I lose less money than average, because at the end of the day, the casino almost always ends up the winner. Given the addictive nature of gambling, it helps to have a plan. To make sure I don't go broke, I set myself a daily budget based on the total amount of loose change I've managed to collect over the last year or so... $264. This spread out to $64 for the first half-day, and $100 for Saturday and Sunday. My luck played out something like this...

  • Accidentally won on slots when I was using the machine to break a fifty dollar bill. I wasn't even paying attention to what was happening because I was Twittering. When the bell went off I thought I had won the $120,000 shown the "progressive pot" display because the bell didn't stop. An attendant came up and did something to the machine, then congratulated my on my $200 win. Which would be great if I weren't expecting $120,000. Who knew winning $200 could be so depressing? The win cost me a whole $6, and I decided to call it a day... SCORE! WIN/LOSS AS OF FRIDAY: Up $194
  • Usually I keep my winnings entirely separate so I don't blow it all after my budget is gone. But Jenny and I wanted to learn how to play craps, which was a $100 educational loss (does this mean I can write it off on my taxes?). Still, I did pretty good on the slots and managed to win $33 by the end of the day. WIN/LOSS AS OF SATURDAY: Up $127
  • Not content to let my new-found skills go to waste, I blew through my $100 budget in an hour at the craps table (if only I had stopped when I was up $80!). Since this brutal blow to my ego happened first-thing in the morning, the rest of the day would have been pretty boring if I stopped gambling... so I rolled my $127 into big fun on the Vegas Strip. And ended up losing all of it... along with an additional $81. So much for following my own rules. WIN/LOSS AS OF SUNDAY: Down $181

So I lost $181. Which isn't bad when you consider it gave me three days' worth of entertainment AND was under my budgeted amount of $264. This would be great if I hadn't burned through the remaining $83 at the new Hard Rock Cafe an The Vegas Strip buying Grand Opening collector's pins. Oh well.

And now I'm home again... collecting my pocket change for the next time.

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Comments

  1. I always stay to the nickle and penny slots. I just have better luck that way. I can take a dollar and turn it into $20 in about half an hour, but then I quit thus insuring that I keep my original dollar and all it’s new found friends.

    But like you said, the casinos get it back in the end because I take my winnings (Usually about $200 by the time I stop to count.) and go to the spa.

    • Dave2 says:

      If you max-bet some of those nickel and penny slots, you can still spend $2 to $3 a pull… pretty outrageous, really! I can make money about 40% of the time I gamble IF I don’t turn around and gamble them away like I did this time. :-)

  2. I upgraded my comments template while adding Gravatar support last week. Soon realized why I never update my templates EVER. I wish you the very best of luck sir.

  3. When I lost $50 at a blackjack table, even with the dealer giving me pointers at my oh-so-sucky-game, I gave up on gambling. Permanently.

    Now? I skulk about, watching everyone else lose their life/vacation/retirement/pool savings.

  4. Sybil Law says:

    I just don’t have the gambling bug whatsoever. The last time I was in Vegas, my friend told me to keep going, even though I was up over $200 – and of course, I lost it. I knew I should’ve stopped! Anyway, Vegas for me is all about the sights. Smart of you to use spare change!!!

  5. Robin says:

    Best gambling for me ever: Mandalay Bay. The casino smells pretty, the drinks always flow, and their slots have great odds. Not as crowded, either. What more can a girl ask for?

  6. Hilly says:

    Hi, I’m stalking your revamp.

    Love the new column width and the reply to the reply to the reply. ;)

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