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Gambling's In My Blood

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  1. Jewels

    Jewels WELL KNOWN MEMBER

    Gambling's In My Blood

    By Amberly Ashton

    Do you remember the first time you ever placed a bet? Or pulled your first reel on a slot machine? I sure can but my first gambling experiences are probably much different than yours. Whenever we went to my Grandparent's house for the weekend there was always a poker game or something going on. The money is what I remember most and it was always piled up in the middle of the table. After pulling it to them, the winner would always take a few minutes to stack their money up into a nice organized pile. I always pulled up a chair and watched every single move of this fast pace game. To me it was the coolest thing ever, especially because you could win real money!

    On one occasion when we arrived at my Grandparent's house I heard my Grandpa, my two Aunts and a couple of their friends. I found them all in the kitchen. They were all sitting on the floor in a circle. The money wasn't in the middle like before but was in front of each player. They all took turns rolling the dice. What was so funny is my Grandpa would always say these strange phrases. He would refer to the number 4 as "Little Joe", a 10 as "Double Nickels" and a 3 as "Craps". Seeing all the excitement and everyone battling against each other made me determined to play this game! When he would roll he would tell the dice "Baby needs a new pair of shoes" or "7 come 11" but my Aunts' would be against him saying "7 up and I quit". I was smart, even for my young age. Since I wasn't able to play yet I became the waitress by getting them snacks and drinks! Now even I was winning money.

    Skip ahead a few years and you would find me with my Mom on the Air Force Base playing bingo twice a week. I used my $10 a week allowance to buy my own cards. At the end of the night I would walk around and grab all the bingo cards I could find. I would then daub the unmarked numbers on the cards so that all numbers were covered. I made a Bingo sign and put it at the end of my driveway. Kids would come over and I would be the caller. I charged them a quarter a card. When someone yelled Bingo I would confirm it and give them a prize! It was always a snack, stuffed animal or toy I no longer wanted. I loved all aspects of gambling! When my Mom would have a garage sale I would purchase some of her items because she always had really nice stuff at crazy low prices. I would take the items I bought and put higher price tags on them. This plan worked out wonderfully! I didn't realize this was a form of gambling too. I just knew it was exciting and I loved it!

    One Friday evening at my Grandparents, the night had finally come. I was able to play my first game of craps! It was scarier than I thought it would be, especially when you had to bet a dollar all away around the table. Even with my fear it was the most thrilling thing I had ever done! Actually, I was a natural at the game! I had done really good that night and walked away with the most I had ever won. When my Dad got there I just knew he would be so proud of me. He burst my bubble real quick when he said I was not to gamble anymore and if I did I would have to pay a fine. Looking back I should have listened to him but after we all went to Bingo the next night I just couldn't stop myself. After getting a bingo I had $70 and I really wanted to play craps again when we arrived home. Luck was still on my side. I couldn't believe I was taking money from people who were much older than me. At the end of the night I had $150. Not bad at all for a 12 year old! Well of course my Dad found out about me playing again. He was serious about the fine as well. He did fine me and I payed him $75. I was mad at the time but now I know he was trying to protect me from gambling. Unfortunately, it didn't work. Just like my family, gambling is in my blood and has been a part of me for a very long time.

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  2. slotgal47

    slotgal47 WELL KNOWN MEMBER

    Yes, Jewels I would say you are quite the little gambler. It is truly in your blood. I love it to though, lol.
  3. Sookie

    Sookie Mother of Cats

  4. Jewels

    Jewels WELL KNOWN MEMBER

    LOL Sookie! Yes every time my Mom's family would get together for any occasion we would always be playing something. Towards the end it was always Bingo! It was so much fun. We would use the card board cards at first then when the internet came out I would order the paper cards online (we even discussed buying a real bingo ball machine) and everyone would bring their daubers. Cards were a dollar per game so if you won you walked away with a decent little pot. Plus just like craps, poker or any gambling game we played.....you are not allowed to play, win and quit! lol We no longer gamble when we see each other. That tradition kinda left when my Grandpa passed away! But I still have some amazing memories! "
    And don't even ask me about when we moved to Illinois when I was in 7th grade and my parents discovered scratch off tickets for the first time! LOL
  5. Sookie

    Sookie Mother of Cats

    :biglol: I'm sorry Jewels but I've seen this e-card on facebook and it was all I could picture the whole time I was reading that! [​IMG]
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  6. Jewels

    Jewels WELL KNOWN MEMBER

    LMAO!! I love it!!! Yes, you should have seen me at Chuck-E-Cheese with my kids when they were young. Frightening!
  7. Sookie

    Sookie Mother of Cats

    I can only imagine! :weirdface: (You know I'm playing :nana: )
  8. PMM

    PMM No Deposit Forum Moderator Staff Member

    This thread is too funny. The thing about Chucky_Cheese is so true. LOLI was thinking very closely to this when at my local casino I walked by a area they call Kids Quest. It is a huge arcade where Mom and Dad can drop off the kids to play, and then they are free to visit the casino floor, knowing where the kids are at. This place is no little arcade. It is filled to the gills with game after game of all types for the little ones to play. About 1000 square feet.  Mom and Dad put money on a swipe-able card for the kids. The kids swipe their card at any game of their choosing, and instead of winning tokens, the game spits out tickets, which are redeemable for stuff in the front. Everything from Lava lamps to stuffed animals from what I can tell is available. Obviously, the longer they play, the more tickets they win, and they redeem for nicer things. To me, this is absolutely the beginnings of gambling.   It matches so well, what we do as adults on the actual casino floor.  LOLEven the atmosphere is the same. Lots of bells, whistles, and lights flashing to mesmerize the little ones into begging Mom and Dad for more cash. If truth be told, I think it is Bingo's fault for gambling. The very first time someone thought to put up a cash prize for the winning Bingo Card, it changed everything. LOL                                                                                                                 Pam
  9. Sookie

    Sookie Mother of Cats

    Wow. Talk about frightening, the  Kids Quest at your local casino sounds like a terrible idea for so many reasons!First of all, the obvious reason is I can guarantee you every one of those kids is dreaming of the day they are old enough to go in the grown up casino where their parents are and where they can win real money instead of tickets.sidenote: They don't know how good they have it now, those tickets they are winning are a sure thing. And another reason that pops immediately to mind is - Who is responsible for these children while they are there? Are they qualified to be watching them? What exactly would those qualifications be? What is the ratio of theses caretakers (if any) to the children? Are there enough of them?Ok, that was actually several more reasons, they were popping into my head as fast as I could write them. [​IMG]
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