First contact with gambling (Part II)

When I was what some of you may call a senior which is basically year 3 and 4 of the high school, meaning between 16 and 18 years old at that time, I wasn’t really betting on matches anymore. Maybe once in a while, but I never felt like a gambler that needed to get his hit in regards to sports betting.

I tried a couple of times lottery tickets, quickly lost interest because of the odds, some scratch cards, that I actually won on a few times, surprisingly, and all the time I saw people playing slots, but I think that I never understood how it worked because I was never attracted to them.

I remember that one time, a friend from my village called me and told me that he was working a pool for somebody, he was in construction, and while pouring cement, it was too much and it went over his boots and he got cement burns. I remember that because it sounded weird when I first heard about cement burns, but yeah that’s something real and I was familiar with the incident when he phoned me, because he had been in the hospital for a few weeks I think, but now he had to go to the hospital for the bandages to be changed and asked me if I could go with him.

I was more familiar with the city, I think he also didn’t really wanted to go alone so I said sure, I can come with you. After he got his bandages changed and left the hospital, I was walking him to the bus station for him to go home and there was still like an hour left until the first bus was leaving so he said that he wants to buy me a beer for helping him and we went to a nearby bar that also had slot machines.

He put in like 25 dollars and in like 20 minutes he had won 250. He was very happy, I was amazed especially when I saw that he got the money cash, in a couple of minutes and he asked me if a knew a casino in town. I knew a couple of casinos because at those casinos were the most pool tables in the city. So we went to one casino and he started playing. He was on a streak. Like whatever game he was playing, everything just paid. I was stunned. He asked me if I wanted to play and I said that I didn’t know how to play and he said something like “Just press anything”. He gave me 2.5 dollars and after a couple of minutes, I had 25 dollars. I withdrew that money and I was in shock. Like how can this be?

I don’t want to exaggerate things. But you have to keep in mind that I was broke pretty much my whole life, when I worked for a few hours carrying very heavy things people gave me what is basically change and now here I was looking at him making money out of thin air in minutes and even myself with no experience whatsoever making money that I was seeing in 3 weeks by doing nothing else than “Just pressing anything”. And all of that in minutes. Just put yourself in my shoes and tell me what would you have felt if you were me?

He left with 470 dollars and I left with 25 dollars in my pocket, practically free because I played with his money.

That was my first experience with slots and I remember it like it was yesterday.


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