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Cindy's Disaster

10 November 2022

By Royal Flushes

ABBY: Okay, Cindy, last week I shared my biggest horror story in my almost three decades of casino playing. Your turn now. The worst of the worst experience you ever had. Don’t spare us. The readers and I are looking for horror.

CINDY: I don’t even have to give this much thought. It was the end of the first year when we were going to the casinos quite a lot. I thought I had a good handle on money management. I played controlled. I went after the best bets at craps, blackjack, roulette, Pai Gow Poker and the occasional play on slot machines. I really thought at that time that I was a superior casino player. I looked at some other players with some disdain. What an idiot I was!

ABBY: And?

CINDY: I walked into quick sand. Before I knew it, I was on a road to destruction. And you know who I had to blame?

ABBY: You?

CINDY: Me. It is not like I couldn’t stop the hammering if I just stopped playing or, as I sometimes do now, lowered my bet. I just walked into the quick sand.

I wanted to play blackjack because I was toying with the idea of becoming a card counter – a casino player with an edge over the house.

ABBY: I know that didn’t work out.

CINDY: No, that sure didn’t work out. But back then I thought “how difficult could this be?” It was difficult. It actually took the fun away of playing the game. It was like going to work.

ABBY: Did your card counting attempt scuttle you.

CINDY: Yes and no. I was playing a four-deck game in Atlantic City. I was using the high-low count which I had practiced for two months at home and now I was going to do it for a short while in the casino.

I couldn’t concentrate with all the noise. It also seemed everyone wanted to talk to me. I noticed annoyances that I never had when I wasn’t counting cards. It was like my senses had become supersensitive. I was also scared of the floorman coming over to say hello and talk to the players. I was sweating a lot.

ABBY: You don’t usually sweat a lot.

CINDY: I felt a lot of pressure. I really did. There came times when I was to increase my bet because I had an edge during those times. Whap! I couldn’t win a big bet. I got blackjacks and the dealer would get a blackjack. I double and split pairs and I went down the tubes.

When I finally lost every penny I brought to the blackjack table, some of the other players sympathized with my bad luck. One woman said, “I think you bet too much at times. You lose some of those and you can’t really win at this game.”

I went to the bar and had a scotch and water. A couple of them. I was really upset about how much I lost. I felt energized now. I would get back in the game. But not the blackjack game. I would win my money back at some other games. The heck with blackjack and all the pain it caused me.

I played a little craps. No one was having good rolls. I had two terrible rolls and one of those grumpy old men from World War II told me not to shoot the dice anymore because “women can’t play this game.” So, I took the dice two more times and sevened-out right away. I stormed off that table but I could hear that old man snorting.

Went over to the slots and I drowned. I started playing five-dollar machines, figuring they gave back more money than dollars or quarters.

Let me make this short. I even played two machines! I lost every penny I took to the casino to play with. I was so bad that I thought maybe I should get credit so I can continue to play.

When I thought that I knew it was over for this trip. I hadn’t lost my mind completely.

It was a good learning experience. I never did become a card counter but I did learn how to manage my money and play intelligently. I never went off the deep end again.

ABBY: I story well told.

CINDY: A story I would never want to have again.


This article is provided by the Frank Scoblete Network. Melissa A. Kaplan is the network's managing editor. If you would like to use this article on your website, please contact Casino City Press, the exclusive web syndication outlet for the Frank Scoblete Network. To contact Frank, please e-mail him at fscobe@optonline.net.

 
Royal Flushes
Abby Royal is a lawyer and Cindy Royal is a school administrator. Together, they are the Royal Flushes. The sisters play weekly or bi-weekly in such venues as Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Pennsylvania and Indian casinos throughout the country.

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