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March 1st, 2013 at 8:31:02 PM permalink
I woke up late the next morning, and had to pack all my stuff and get ready in the span of 40 minutes. I was a tornado of activity, but I got it done by the skin of my teeth and was out the door for the final day.

This day consisted of several, 45 minute workshops, and was the best day of them all. The first was held by Teliot, on a topic I'll remain mum on. I saw Wiz there and said hi, chatting for a bit before Teliot's presentation began. After Teliot's, it was off to psychology and cryptology of thieves, more AP stuff, and finally back to more Teliot, who I spoke with for a spell after all was said and done. I thanked them, as I'm sure we all would, for all they've done for the gaming community, AP and Dark Side included.

As everything was over, my crew wished to head back and get what they could out of the rest of our last day. But there was one more thing...

See, I've always wanted to just throw it all down on one turn of the cards. The past two years I've been here, I've barely resisted an entire bankroll risk on Baccarat's Banker bet. This time, I said, I was going to do it. Upon this declaration, the bosses were on my ass, and it was making me nervous as hell. I hemmed and hawwed back and forth, just wanting to be left alone, but they wouldn't leave me be. I finally asked the Floor if they took Monte cheques, since it was all MLife property. They said I'd have to ask the Cage.

The Cage was willing, and in my transport I had lost the bosses, who went off to slow play E-Roulette until they got some drinks. I returned to the Bac table with $800 in hand.

Now, I know to some of you, $800 is a pittance. Hell, I've seen $80k on the table in just one hand of BJ. But to put this in perspective, I'd ask you to take whatever your yearly gambling bankroll is, and multiply that by 6. Now imagine taking that amount and throwing it on one hand of Baccarat, just one turn of the cards. It was out of control.

I showed up just as the shuffle was finishing, watching the draw, the burn, wondering what in the bloody hell I was doing and why I didn't just walk away. I was still wearing my badge, and out of my peripheral vision I saw it rhythmically bounce off my chest as my heart pounded insanely just under it. One younger girl sat at the table and noticed it as well, asking what it was for. She laughed kind of intensely once hearing I was GamePro, somehow not understanding how someone like me could play any game at all.

Her noticing it caused me to notice it even worse. The more I noticed it, the more I couldn't not see it. It became my own "Tell-Tale Heart", its incessant beating driving me ever more mad, and I just wanted to snatch it off, throw it to the ground, and run out of their hands waving like an old Looney Tunes cartoon. But I stayed strong, reaching out a trembling hand and threw down my $800. Upon receiving 8 black, I pushed it all to Banker.

I looked up to see if the bosses had strolled back over, and looked back just in time to see all the cards were dealt and the dealer began to turn over the first. SEVEN. SIX. No, I thought. Those aren't my cards. That's not my money. We don't count in Base10 here at The M. This ain't happening right before my eyes, and Jesus H Christ, woman, stop turning the cards over so fast! But she was off turning over the others. ACE. QUEEN. Holy Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I can't stand this any more, someone friggin' shoot me!!!!...........

EIGHT. Like a thunderclap that silences the world, everything in my mind just stopped. Just like an electronic sign, bright as a DoT warning sign on an abandoned, night time highway, one thing flashed in my mind. EIGHT. I looked at it. Back to my hand. I tried adding my hand again. All I could see - EIGHT. I looked to the Floor. She stuck her lip out in kind of an "I'm sorry" little pout. I nodded, looked back to the table, and turned and walked away.

I left in kind of a daze, wondering what the hell just happened. I lost 6 year's bankroll in, well, about EIGHT seconds. I tried to smile, but couldn't. I told the bosses, and they just stared at me, not quite realizing what I had said or what I had just done. I found later that night that they didn't even realize what I had risked; the Director thought it was $200. But by the time I hit the car, heading north on I-15, as the towers and splendor of downtown LV came into view, I began to smile. I had done it. A stupid thing, yes, but it was done. I took a chance, a relatively good one at that, but things simply didn't line up. Nothing more, nothing less. And although the outcome was negative, my actions... they remain positive.

Everyone dies. Not everyone lives.

Last week... I lived.

We got back to the Monte with a few hours to kill. I washed my hair and picked out the afro once again, meeting the bosses and watching them play Roulette, and pleaded with them to leave once they quadruple their buy (and they listened). As we walked away, I heard some call "Hey! Hey, my man!" I turned to look and it was one of the Floors, an older, black man with an afro nearly the size of mine. "You let me know if you need this!" he called out, reaching into his coat pocket. He pulled out a giant pick the likes I'd never seen before, gave his own fro a few fluffing pokes, patted it with his hand, and shot me a pointed finger. I flashed him a big smile and puffed my own out more with my fingers, patted it smooth, and shrugged in question. He gave me a thumbs up, exclaiming "Lookin' good!" I thumbed him back, laughing my ass off and totally forgetting all about my $800 smashing I just took. Thanks, Floors of the Monte =) I then decided to head off myself, wanting to take one last whack at leaving Vegas a winner.

I found a Quick Hits penny machine at $1.50 max bet with a progressive about mid $8k. I decided to plop down with...$17. Oh man, gonna have to slow play the hell out of this. I popped in my cash, brought up WoV on the smartphone, and began my play. One spin, read an entire page, spin again. Hop over to DT, read an entire page, spin again. Check my e-mail, have a smoke, spin again. That $17 lasted over an hour =). I eventually hit a bonus round and got 25 free at 3Xs. Just as my time at the Monte wound down, I had turned that $17 into just shy of a hundo.

That concluded my time in Vegas. Shortly after cashing out we hitched a cab, headed to McCarran, and 12 hours later I was pulling into my driveway. All told, I spent a little over $500, and that included the Bac loss. It was the first time I left Vegas a loser, putting me a tick into the negative lifetime. But hell, $500 for a week long paid-to-be-there stay in an adult playland? Being from Buffalo, that's one hell of a killer deal.

Live hard. Play hard. And if you have to die, do it loud as hell.

See you next year, Vegas.
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tringlomane
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March 1st, 2013 at 8:54:32 PM permalink
So your yearly gaming budget is < $150/yr?

If you truly gamble that little, risking $800 on one hand sounds crazy to me.

Very nice read though.
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March 1st, 2013 at 8:57:40 PM permalink
That's a great tale, Face!

I'm sorry about the big Bacc loss, but glad you at least got 1/8th of it back on a QH machine!
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March 1st, 2013 at 9:41:08 PM permalink
Quote: tringlomane

So your yearly gaming budget is < $150/yr?

If you truly gamble that little, risking $800 on one hand sounds crazy to me.

Very nice read though.



Indeed. In fact, risking $100 on Pai Gow after I had already drunkenly lost $100 the day before was already a new record for me.

And it doesn't sound crazy to just you. It was bat-shit, out of its mind crazy to me, too. As I told the boss, "I've been 170mph down I-86 right passed the casino. Compared to the $800, that was a stroll in the park."

Quote: Mission146

That's a great tale, Face!

I'm sorry about the big Bacc loss, but glad you at least got 1/8th of it back on a QH machine!



Thanks, Mission. I had a point, just after collecting my QH win, that I though "You know, I could still leave a winner" and my mind whispered to me "Black 4, One Time!" LOL Guess you sort of sunk into my subconscience.
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March 2nd, 2013 at 4:04:02 AM permalink
Quote: Face



Thanks, Mission. I had a point, just after collecting my QH win, that I though "You know, I could still leave a winner" and my mind whispered to me "Black 4, One Time!" LOL Guess you sort of sunk into my subconscience.



LOL

I'm glad you walked away! The, "One Time," things for stuff like that are for when you are ahead, not behind, you did well to leave on a positive note!
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March 5th, 2013 at 3:40:44 PM permalink
Nice report, captures the spirit of Vegas very well. I hope someday I'll have a job where I get a paid trip there!
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