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A Birthday Gamble

A couple years ago, my wife got me a terrific birthday present. New video game? New car? A pony? No, no, and unfortunately no. My wife got me something that every married man with young kids needs: a well-deserved night out with a friend at a casino!

I'd visited the occasional online casino, such as USA-OnlineCasinos.org, but had only been to a brick and mortar casino once prior to this birthday. My first casino visit took place back in 2005 for my bachelor party. At that time, poker was just beginning to gain in popularity. My local casino had a sea of slot machines and low EV table games but no poker.

When I visited the casino on my birthday, things had really changed. There was still a sea of singing slot machines being attended by the unwashed masses. A friend and I quickly passed by the flashing lights and glitz of the casino and soon found ourselves in the poker room. A dark, subdued setting filled with the clacking of chips, the riffle of cards, and the occasional groans or chuckles depending on how the cards fell.

I played a few hours of poker and walked away a hundred dollars richer. Nothing to write home about but it was nice. I even considered dropping some of my new-found wealth at a roulette table on the way out of the casino. I'd played a bit of online roulette once in attempt to test out one of my brother's "unbeatable" roulette strategies. Learning from my brother's misfortune (his strategy ultimately failed him), I decided to skip the roulette.

Being a gambler at heart, I did take a long-shot chance on my way home from the casino. I stopped for a quarter pound burger at a restaurant around the corner from my house. A few games of roulette would have been a better bet as the midnight fast food ended up being the only gamble I lost that evening...

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