Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Not so lucky this time

So, um... despite getting warned by JP about gambling, I went to Atlantic City again (last last Tuesday 3/14) with a friend from high school. I'm not sure how this trip ended up being planned, but it started way back at the beginning of the semester when we reminisced about old times, particularly my birthday party during 1st grade at which he was one of two guests. Well, I don't remember whether I blogged about my first riskafilic experiences in Atlantic City, but I was lucky enough to leave up 20 bucks. This was helped by the fact that none of the other people with me were interested in gambling and I was able to stop after only 3 hands of blackjack.

But, while the goal of the last trip had been more to enjoy the increasingly rare company of friends, this trip was driven by aspirations of debauchery. No, that wasn't serious, but for example, instead of spending an hour and a half arguing about where to eat dinner last time, Pat and I spend 20 minutes looking for video blackjack. Instead of going to Wawa's to get some refreshments, we were served beverages at the table. The drink of the night was Vodka 7-up, however, recognize that I only had one of these. We did meet up with KK who lives in AC and persisted the tradition of always eating at Sharon Zheng II's buffet, however. Traditions are nice.

On the way back, we did spend a significant amount of time looking for Dunkin' Donuts and we saw no less than 5 Wawas on the same road. All in all, I learned some rules about blackjack, had a great time, and got to know my old friend a little better. I also found out that I'd prefer to lose 100 dollars on gambling for hours over losing it on CREAF (true story) over a couple of weeks. Of course, in the long term, it's a different story. GOOG is doing ok right now.

In the vein of casino outings.

8 comments:

chess h said...

I hate gambling, largely 'cuz I SUCK at it. I have this weird karma that results in my friends winning and me losing... last time I visited the dog track (the Downs, in Wheeling, WV), I left $30 bucks in the hole while my friend hit a win-place combo and took home a couple hundred dollars.

Anyway, sounds like you don't have that problem. :)

Will said...

I could go for dog racing /: )

I don't know about the luck, though, because I only won a little, and only the first time...

skyplate said...

You'd be better off losing $100 on a whole day of paintball and hundreds of extra balls. Fake combat is as bonding experience too.

Mike said...

Blackjack is a great game for analytical people, because by memorizing a chart, and doing some simple counting, you can change the odds, tipping them SLIGHTLY in your favor.

I recommmend browsing some blackjack books and buying one with a simple counting scheme.

無名 said...

Will Mon gambling!? I must be in Bizarro world...

Will said...

Here's my ranking of costly activities in order of I'd do it tomorrow if I wasn't going to be waking up late and going to Swarthmore for a debate tournament where I shall suck: 1)Paintballing 2) Dog racing 3) Buying back my apple shares (although it seems tempting to do before Saturday) 4) Going to Atlantic City again without reading up about Blackjack 5) visit Bizarro world and teach Will Mon a lesson about saving money.

David said...

will --
re: the comment you left at my blog.

you should read 1984. i really thought orwell filled in all the cracks of the populace-controlling government with that book (viz. NewSpeak, et al), though I hear it's actually a rip-off of a much early book.

anyway, you wouldn't be called a paranoid "liberal" if it weren't for the film's proximity to our current political climate. just like people in america think that the BBC is crazy liberal. but that's a different rant, i'm afraid.
-- david

Super Cougar said...

Lesson #2. You do not known more than the market, do not enter if you're trying to exploit inefficiencies... long run is the only way to win in the market... ironically enough, long run is the best way to lose in gambling