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Old 08-27-2020, 03:43 PM
 
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I think you are confusing OCD and addiction to some degree

They're very similar. As someone with a touch of OCD.. I can certainly see the ease of slipping from OCD to an addiction.

When I was in college, I lived off campus, but right next to it, so I'd walk to school every day it was nice. There was a slightly longer way home that took me by a Wendy's. For 2 years, Monday through Thursday.. I had the same lunch every single day from Wendy's. Chicken Club made with a spicy filet and Fries.

Now.. Sub that out and say that every day for 2 years I went by a casino and dropped $20..

One is considered OCD, the other is considered a gambling addiction.


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Are there any pleasant stories about recreational gambling?

For people who know what they are doing, it is even not gambling, it is called entertainment.

I used to play in a friendly little nickle-ante poker game with some neighbors. I've gone to Vegas a few times and.. Never dropped more than $50. I enjoyed going to Prairie Meadows up outside of Des Moines when my dad lived up there and betting on the horse races. I actually bet close to $100 over the course of all the races one time.. Hit a trifecta on the lowest paying race. I just gave all the winnings to my nephew who was there with us.. Perhaps not the best lesson to teach. He risked nothing and walked out with about $300.
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Old 08-27-2020, 05:09 PM
 
Location: So Cal - Orange County
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Are there any pleasant stories about recreational gambling?

For people who know what they are doing, it is even not gambling, it is called entertainment.
Went with a buddy to Vegas, many moon ago (a couple of years out of college) for a weekend trip. We both had bad days/nights at the craps table (was down around $500/each). Sunday rolls around and we checked out of the hotel and decided to go to the buffet for dinner at the Mirage. After dinner, we decided to try some craps for the last time of the trip. The table got hot and people were shooting the dice for some decent rolls. We were all making money on the table so kept on playing. As the saying goes, time flies when you're having fun. Next thing it was around 6am Monday morning. My buddy and I remembered that we need to be at work at 8am (obviously not going to happen!), so we decide to 'color up' at the table to call it a night. We both head to the cashier to cash out. I ended up with around $2500 and my buddy had $3000 or more. I remember some of the big bettors had a lot more chips than us, but it was a good time. I remember on the way back to SoCal, we had to stop in Barstow to call our bosses to say we would not be going into work that day.
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Old 08-27-2020, 05:43 PM
 
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Everybody I know who’s been to a casino “broke even.” What are the odds of that? I bought a lottery ticket once and regretted it ever since.
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Old 08-30-2020, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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I do not like fishing, because I usually catch nothing.

I do not like gambling, because I end-up always losing money.

Maybe if I was lucky, and won gobs of money, it could become addictive........never happen.

I used to buy 3 or 4 lotto-tickets a year.........even that became too wasteful for me.
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Old 08-31-2020, 06:33 AM
 
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I used to buy 3 or 4 lotto-tickets a year.........even that became too wasteful for me.
I've never bought one in my life- it's a tax I can avoid. There used to be (may still be) a show on HGTV where lottery winners buy some big, fancy house. I always wonder who that turns out- they may be able to [pay cash up front but what about insurance, property taxes, pool upkeep, maintaining the grounds (frequently too large for DIY).
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Old 08-31-2020, 07:40 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I went to Vegas once and Atlantic City a few times.

But I am not a big fan of gambling. There's no money in it.
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Old 08-31-2020, 08:08 AM
 
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Way back when Atlantic City was "new", my late brother took me to see what it was all about. I was working at the time, and raising two boys on my own, so I knew I couldn't afford to lose much. I set aside a bit every check and by the time we took our trip, I had saved $100.00
That's what I figured I could afford to lose.

We had a drink at the bar. I played the slots for a while but he went for the big stuff right away.

I felt a tad unwell and went looking for a rest room. I went down on one knee and a female security guard grabbed me and as I asked for help, she slammed me against a wall and held me there with her shoulder while she called for assistance. Another guard, also female, came along and the two of them debated what to do with me, all the while I'm explaining I'm ill and can I please sit down.

The hallway where we stood was the very same hallway that the buses discharged the casino-bound passengers, all of whom stared at the scene as they passed us by.

Finally, an argument broke out between the two guards and one wanted to take me to the office and the other wanted to take me to the nurse. I, on the other hand, didn't care about either scenario as I puked into my empty coin cup.

At that point, I made a believer out of Guard #1 and she went off to find a wheelchair. Guard #2 ranted a bit about what a PITA #1 was and let me sit on the step leading to the lounge where some third rate crooner was trying to entertain.

Wheelchair arrived, transported me to the nurse where she asked me who I was there with and I told her "my brother". She took my vitals, gave me a cup of Maalox and had me lie down for about 25 minutes or so. Never asked my brother's name so if I died, he'd never know.

Left the nurse, found my brother winning big at Roulette so I found a lounge and waited there until he came to collect me. He was laughing as I related the events until he realized I was telling the truth!

There is now a casino 20 minutes from my house. I have no interest.
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Old 08-31-2020, 08:15 AM
 
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When I lived in LA, we would go to Vegas a few times a year for the weekend. But I never gambled outside of Vegas. I play craps.

When I lived in South Carolina, I was dating this guy and after while, it became clear he was addicted to video gaming. When I moved to Chicago, I went to a gambling boat once and I was bored with it. Now they have a casino not far from me and I have never been. So I go to Vegas maybe once every 3-5 years for a weekend. I don't usually win in the end but I consider it entertainment.
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Old 08-31-2020, 02:22 PM
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Location: Victory Mansions, Airstrip One
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I do not like fishing, because I usually catch nothing.

I do not like gambling, because I end-up always losing money.
Honestly, both activities are just an excuse to drink. Especially ice fishing.
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Old 09-04-2020, 08:38 PM
 
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I've met folks who've gambled everything from their monthly rent to their family inheritance, from their students loans to modest lottery winnngs and lost everything after just one or two nights of "having fun" and "feeling lucky" in the casino.

Anyone else know of anyone who gambled away their money and LOST big time?
Anyone who has studied probability in math class would understand to never gamble. I personally don't see the entertainment value in it. I knew a guy who took one of those casino (whatever they are called) cruises and he lost so much money, he was embarrassed to say how much it was. I asked him why, and he said there was nothing else to do on the ship. I felt sorry for him.
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