not playing makes sense. Why bet if you just expect the money back? what am i missing?Quote: DJTeddyBear
Hornswaggled ???? Yeah, I’ve heard the term. Always thought it was a redneck version of screwed.
Then I saw your Biloxi comment and it made me smile.
Regarding the PGP incident... never heard of anything like that. On the contrary, my experience is that the Asians will abstain from playing as a courtesy to the banking player. Of course, maybe it’s only a courtesy if the banker is Asian. Maybe you got hornswaggled....
Definitely. As far as sensing I was unhappy, she might have sensed how happy I would be to get *my* money back losing to her and went ahead and banked herself. She had the opportunity for several hands. I quit playing pretty soon after, but only because my wife collected me.Quote: SOOPOO
It sounds to me like the lady BEFORE you banked told you that her bet was not a real bet, but you just did not understand her. Even though you did not understand and you definitely had the right to not give her the $15, you did the correct thing by giving her the $15. I do not think it was this lady's intent to "Hornswoggle" you out of $15. I surmise the reason she stopped banking was that she picked up that you were unhappy with the arrangement. Consider the lost $15 charity.
Good story. I don't play much pai gow poker but have played hundreds of hours of pai gow (tiles). In all that play, where player banking is common, I have never once seen this pretend betting against the banker to change things up. I hate to stereotype, but everyone knows Asian players can be very superstitious. When things are going good they oppose change and when bad they welcome anything that is perceived to mix things up a bit. So, while I haven't seen it, her request seems plausible to me.
I think you did the right think to pay her the $15. That isn't enough, in my opinion, to have a big incident over. Plus, I believe in giving others the benefit of the doubt. I've seen some hustles at the tables, always involving an attractive woman, but I think this was a genuine misunderstanding due to a language gap.
This will make for a good Ask the Wizard question.
Mike, you must remember the last time we played tiles we bet with the player who was banking, not against him or her.