Minty
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March 27th, 2020 at 3:53:45 PM permalink
I was reading an article recently about how gambling opportunities have changed so much in the last month or so. The writer goes on to describe with what appears to be increasing desperation, his hunt for something to gamble on noting the disappearance of sports betting opportunities and casino closures. He ends up betting on simulated basketball games some teens are running and a virtual marble race and wonders what's gotten into him.

What are some of your most unusual/odd wagers you've placed? Two come to mind for me, both regarding my dad. Once he bet that I wouldn't eat a kiwi as a child since I had persistently refused for awhile. I begrudgingly took a bite and almost got sick. The second one was him betting me I didn't know a song one day. I laughed and told him it was Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up and explained Rick Rolling to him.
"Just because I'm not doing anything illegal, doesn't mean I won't have to defend myself someday." -Chip Reese
JohnnyQ
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March 27th, 2020 at 8:22:42 PM permalink
I wagered about $ 600 to win $ 500 ( not sure if I know gambling terminology enough, but I would lose $ 600 or collect $ 600 + $ 500 more ) to lose 40 lbs on an on-line weight loss site a couple years ago.
All around me are familiar faces / Worn out places, worn out faces / Bright and early for their daily races / Going nowhere, going nowhere - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdCLnwIkkps
Minty
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March 27th, 2020 at 8:42:44 PM permalink
Did it work out? (Pun intended)
"Just because I'm not doing anything illegal, doesn't mean I won't have to defend myself someday." -Chip Reese
blackjacklad
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March 28th, 2020 at 4:31:06 AM permalink
In 2010 I bet a colleague that by the year 2035 Lady Gaga would hold the same status as a celebrity as Madonna did at that time. She was sure Lady Gaga would be just a fad. We even put a meeting in our Outlook calendars with a time and place to meet to settle the bet. I left that job to AP full time and forgot to make a note of when we were supposed to meet, so I doubt I will get the chance to collect my winnings.
DRich
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Minty
March 28th, 2020 at 6:55:41 AM permalink
My daughter age around 10 bet me that I couldn't quit smoking for two months. I was victorious and won the $2. She still hasn't paid so I figure with interest that should be about $6 by now.
Living longer does not always infer +EV
helpmespock
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March 28th, 2020 at 6:58:22 AM permalink
I have an outstanding bet with a friend made back in high school.

The bet is the first one of us to reach 1 billion dollars in net realizable value wins and the other owes them a 2 week all expenses paid trip to anywhere in the world for them and their immediate family.

It was the 80's when 1 million was considered a lot so I figured 1 billion was so out of reach that we were both pretty safe.

(We were in the same accounting classes in high school hence the "net realizable value" clause.)

--helpmespock
Gialmere
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March 28th, 2020 at 7:36:38 AM permalink
Because of its political nature I won't go into details but, around 12 years ago I had an over/under bet on how long it would take to close down the Gitmo detention facility.
Have you tried 22 tonight? I said 22.
TomG
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March 28th, 2020 at 8:14:59 AM permalink
When I first heard of betting on these simulated Madden and NBA2k games streaming on twitch I though it was completely wacky for people to do that. Then I thought it wasn't any more wacky than betting on a roulette wheel. The Vegas Vacation scene where they bet on a coin flip was great in part because the dumbest bets we can think of are exactly like most regular casino game -- coin flips, highest card, guess a number, etc.

Two atypical bets I can recall was betting on how long a pencil would stay stuck in the ceiling and how many letters in supercalifragilistic. That first one now reminds me of Billy Madison (I think) when they threw pickles on a window and were betting on which one would slide down first.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c1BQkKUsx0
AxelWolf
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March 28th, 2020 at 11:57:56 AM permalink
Quote: DRich

My daughter age around 10 bet me that I couldn't quit smoking for two months. I was victorious and won the $2. She still hasn't paid so I figure with interest that should be about $6 by now.

Send her this 😄


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♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
onenickelmiracle
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March 29th, 2020 at 10:39:34 AM permalink
I kind of feel like it's the right time to shave your eyebrows off. Nobody will ever know or will they? LOL.
In the land of the blind, the man with one eye is the care taker. Hold my beer.

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