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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Lucky Lucky

Many of you have asked how my wife’s birthday went. Well, let’s just say that it was a whirlwind of a day. Wait, that would be a bit dull and perhaps more than a little cliché. You want details, don’t you?

As I have mentioned before, my wife really enjoys going to the casino. We don’t do it very often, but when we do, we usually do it up right. Which is to say we lose our asses nearly every single time.

Since this was what some might consider a milestone birthday, I figured that we would go all out. I pulled out $200 with the intention that we each use a hundred. We played a few slot machines with varying success and decided to move on to the Black Jack tables. We each sat down with $50 in chips. My wife realized quickly that the fabled birthday luck didn’t work on Black Jack. She was out relatively quickly. I managed to spin my $50 into a c-note and cashed in.

We moved back to the one armed bandits. It seemed that her luck was on a reversal, as on her third machine she won $90. A couple of hours passed and as is custom our stash dwindled under the attrition of sheer playing time.

“I know what needs to happen,” My wife said suddenly.
“Oh yeah, what’s that?”
“We need to take what’s left and sit you at a Black Jack table. You saw how lucky you were earlier. I bet you can win our money back.”

I shrugged agreement and we waded our way through the crowd until we found an empty seat at the Black Jack tables. It looked as if I might actually pull it off, but then my luck turned south again. Within half an hour…we were broke.

“Hey, you had a good time though, right?” I asked, not really surprised by the outcome.
“We’re not done yet,” she replied, her brow creasing with determination.
“You’re not seriously suggesting that we hit the ATM machine, are you?” I asked, taken aback.
“You damn right I am.”
“Baby, you know as well as I do, that only means that we toss good money after bad.”
“Look, I have never walked away from a casino a loser on my birthday and I’m not gonna start now. You saw how the cards were falling. If you would have had a little more money to start with, you would have won a bundle.”

I reluctantly agreed and we withdrew yet another $200. I passed her half with a heavy sigh. It was her birthday, but this just seemed ludicrous to me. She darted off to the $1 slots and bellied up to a $10 table. After a few hands I found myself down to about $25. I tried to tell her, I chastised myself as I went all in. As the cards were being dealt, my wife slipped by to show me that she was up to $180 from the slots. Well, that’s close to what we just withdrew.
“Might as well stick around, I’m about done here,” I told her, motioning to my cards.

But I won. Then I won again. Then I hit a black jack followed by another black jack. I drew a 17 against a dealer’s ten and asked for a card. The dealer looked at me like was insane. That is until he laid a four on top of the stack. By the time it was all said and done, I had about six black jacks, by the time my wife came back to check on me.

“How are you…” she began to ask but fell short when she saw my stack.
“I am up a little over four hundred. Are you ready to go?”
“One more hand. Why don’t you put all of your $5 chips up. With the left over winnings from my slots, that would put us pretty close to even.”


I obliged and hit another black jack. Yeah, we walked out of the casino with $662 and that’s after tipping everyone heavily. We won back what we lost and then some. Is that crazy or what? I don’t know of anyone that has ever hit the ATM and had it work out for them. I seriously doubt if it will ever happen again, but I sure am glad it happened for my baby’s birthday. It sure put a smile on her face.

8 Comments:

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At 5:31 AM, Blogger snavy said...

Very cool!! Glad you both had fun & won some extra cash! Cha-ching!!

 
At 8:15 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Thanks, Snavy. Cha-ching indeed! :)

 
At 11:42 AM, Blogger bsoholic said...

Sweet Mercy! That's awesome! Good for you guys, sounds like quite a birthday for her.

 
At 12:19 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Yes, it sure was! :)

 
At 1:07 PM, Blogger Breazy said...

so when are we going gambling Goody ! LOL! Maybe you and your wife could teach me something . I have only been in a casino once and that was in Cherokee,NC at Harrah's and I didn't win nothing just lost but I had fun doing it ! YAY for you both !!!! :)

 
At 1:11 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Lol! I will train you in the dark arts, young padwan!

 
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