Last night I was out boozing it up with some friends. The funny thing about going out to a bar in Vegas is that gambling is so integrated with our lifestyles that the bars are loaded with Video Poker machines so that you can piss away money while you drink.
That got me to thinking about shortly after the online poker boom where you could play online slots for real money as well. And, it didn't stop there, it was Black Jack, Pai Gow, Roulette, Craps and just about anything else you really wanted to do.
I remember going over to the dark side a few times and transferring money from one of the random poker sites to their casino/sportsbook so that I could play some of the games which almost always ended up being craps. I kept searching, like countless before and after me, for some sort of system to beat the craps game because I just loved playing so much. Playing at a casino can get to be pretty expensive though especially now that the cheapest game is a $5 table unless you are willing to drive way out of your way and head down to Jokers Wild or somewhere else. How I do miss those dollar craps tables at Nevada Palace before they tore it down and put the NEW Cannery up in it's place.
I never found the magic formula but the game also never lost its luster for me. I've had sessions where I've won over a grand and I've had sessions where I lost so quick I had to stop and ponder if my chips had even touched the felt. Yet time and time again when I'm walking through a casino (by myself or in the company of others) I find myself looking at every craps table and game that I walk by. I find myself listening for the sweet sweet sounds of an active table on a hot roll. Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.
I've done well at avoiding this addiction of mine over the last few years and I only play occasionally, usually when friends are in town visiting and I'm pretending it's the old days and I'm just another tourist.
Maybe I should just pull all of my money out of my accounts, quit my job and focus on beating craps. It would be an amazing life for a week or two and I'd have a lot of fun stories to tell.
It all ends the same though.