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Old 02-12-2019, 02:06 PM   #41
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37k a month ago. Debt free again minus house payment.
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Old 02-12-2019, 02:14 PM   #42
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37k a month ago. Debt free again minus house payment.
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Old 02-13-2019, 12:50 AM   #43
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I agree with whoever stated "For $1 its a cheap thrill". Buy it on a Friday, perk your mood, enjoy your family that weekend, when Monday rolls around you can have a glimmer of hope of taking a dump on your desk "like a boss" and then leaving.

Otherwise, it's a standard monday.
I don't think you're going to get to take a dump on your boss's desk from buying the $1 tickets. Most of those have some very small grand prize like $10k or $20k.

I know because I manage my wife's gambling tendencies. Every 3 or 4 months we have to go to the casino in oklahoma, and she buys those scratch tickets from time to time. I'm too damn practical to gamble. Lost the first time: Never wanted to play ever again.
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I don't think you're going to get to take a dump on your boss's desk from buying the $1 tickets. Most of those have some very small grand prize like $10k or $20k.

I know because I manage my wife's gambling tendencies. Every 3 or 4 months we have to go to the casino in oklahoma, and she buys those scratch tickets from time to time. I'm too damn practical to gamble. Lost the first time: Never wanted to play ever again.

Casino gambling is different for me. I'm good enough at blackjack (standard strategies and card counting) to play for hours on a couple hundred bucks on a $10 table. Drink beer, socialize, and have some fun with a chance of coming out ahead. I'll never get rich off from it, but I can damned sure have fun.

Last cruise I went on, I played from 10PM to 3AM on $100, wound up $200 ahead, which paid for all of my alcohol for the trip.
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:28 AM   #45
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I almost never play, but right after it started here, I stopped and bought 5) $1 scratch offs on the way to work one day. I think they were called "Lucky 7s", or something like that. The payoffs were $777, $77, $7, $1, or free ticket.
Of the five I bought, I hit $77, $7, $7, $1, and a free ticket. With the free ticket, I got another $1.
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Old 02-13-2019, 04:47 AM   #46
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Casino gambling is different for me. I'm good enough at blackjack (standard strategies and card counting) to play for hours on a couple hundred bucks on a $10 table. Drink beer, socialize, and have some fun with a chance of coming out ahead. I'll never get rich off from it, but I can damned sure have fun.

Last cruise I went on, I played from 10PM to 3AM on $100, wound up $200 ahead, which paid for all of my alcohol for the trip.
I know little of casinos because I don't like them and I'm not interested in playing. But maybe you can tell me; how do you card count when you can't really see the real number of cards you're playing with? In terms of how many are in the deck. Maybe I'm wrong but it looks to me like they pull the cards not from a deck of 52, but some kind of dispenser where you can see that there must be thousands of cards in there.

So in the dispenser, is it just one complete deck after another, all stuck in there?
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Old 02-13-2019, 07:46 AM   #47
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I know little of casinos because I don't like them and I'm not interested in playing. But maybe you can tell me; how do you card count when you can't really see the real number of cards you're playing with? In terms of how many are in the deck. Maybe I'm wrong but it looks to me like they pull the cards not from a deck of 52, but some kind of dispenser where you can see that there must be thousands of cards in there.

So in the dispenser, is it just one complete deck after another, all stuck in there?
You have to look for them, but there are hand shuffled tables in the casinos. The vast majority are machine shuffled. But the hand shuffled ones are there.
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Old 02-13-2019, 07:55 AM   #48
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I hit a healthy jackpot when I had my twins !!!!
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Old 02-13-2019, 08:01 AM   #49
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The twins hit the jackpot. They be taking your money. Hahahahaha
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Old 02-13-2019, 08:26 AM   #50
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I hit a healthy jackpot when I had my twins !!!!
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Old 02-13-2019, 08:30 AM   #51
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You were spending 2k a week on scratchers? I need to go manage a Fiesta
What I forget to mention was that I wasnít losing that money. About 90% of what I spent per day I would win back. Basically Breaking out even.
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37k a month ago. Debt free again minus house payment.
I wish 37k would get me debt free.
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:15 AM   #53
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You have to look for them, but there are hand shuffled tables in the casinos. The vast majority are machine shuffled. But the hand shuffled ones are there.
So are the machine shuffled ones... still a 52 card deck? Maybe I'm doing it wrong, but it looks like they come out of a "deck" that would have at least 1,000 cards in it. I don't know if you've been to the Winstar closest to DFW, but you can see that its just a crapload of cards all stacked together. And they deal from that.

If indeed they're shuffling shit tons of cards, that should be cheating, right? As the games were meant to be played with a 52 card deck and no more.

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I wish 37k would get me debt free.
Oooof. Thatís rough.
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Old 02-13-2019, 10:25 AM   #55
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Oooof. That’s rough.


One decent car gets you that much debt, not to mention a $20k student loan cosigned for a "friend". FML
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Old 02-13-2019, 10:30 AM   #56
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One decent car gets you that much debt.
Decent? You can get a nice SUV for 30K and after a downpayment you're in the low 20s.
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Decent? You can get a nice SUV for 30K and after a downpayment you're in the low 20s.
Different strokes for different folks...
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I know little of casinos because I don't like them and I'm not interested in playing. But maybe you can tell me; how do you card count when you can't really see the real number of cards you're playing with? In terms of how many are in the deck. Maybe I'm wrong but it looks to me like they pull the cards not from a deck of 52, but some kind of dispenser where you can see that there must be thousands of cards in there.

So in the dispenser, is it just one complete deck after another, all stuck in there?
It's more probability theory than anything. You keep track of 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, and 6's, those are a value of +1, 10's, J's, Q's, K's, A's, those count as -1. Basically more 10's in the deck mean the advantage is in the players favor. More small cards is dealer advantage.

Dealer has to hit, regardless of what his card his, so when there are a ton of smaller cards, he has a great chance of making a 19 or 20 out of a 13 or 14.

So when the count is high, you up your bet. It's not a guaranteed win, nor does it always work, it just tips the odds in your favor.



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You have to look for them, but there are hand shuffled tables in the casinos. The vast majority are machine shuffled. But the hand shuffled ones are there.
Depends on if it's machine shuffled or a constant shuffler. Constant, you're fucked, if they just get a new deck from the machine after the shoe is finished, then you're OK.

Carnival cruises use constant shufflers on everything except their "fun 21" game, which removes all queens from the deck, so it's already stacked in their favor.
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