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Why I don't gamble

 
 
Wilso
 
Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2014 04:24 pm
In Australia, on the first Tuesday of each November is the biggest horse race in the country. The Melbourne cup is described as "the race that stops the nation". It's a public holiday in the Melbourne metropolitan area. For 5 minutes at around 3pm on this day each year, the entire country grinds to a halt. Millions of people who take no interest in the "sport", and never bet, will have a bet on the Melbourne cup. I was one of these people this year. I put $10 on the favourite, $10 on the second favourite, and $5 each way on an outsider.
The outsider was scratched before the race even started.
The second favourite ran 13th.
The favourite ran last, went back to it's stable, and DIED.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2014 04:51 pm
@Wilso,
I liked watching horse racing since I was a teen, at the track or on tv, but only bet a few times over the years for little money. In my forties, I used to like to go with my husband to catch the early races at Santa Anita and then go over to the big Los Angeles Arboretumand walk around, then leave, beating the race crowd to the freeway to get home. Never bet then, but we would have a kind of picnic on the infield, enjoying watching the horses and the people.

Same with gambling: I've been to Las Vegas a few times, and in those time spent less that five dollars total - more interested in the people and the wild architecture and the casino lighting, etc. Tacky place, in my sardonic view, but with a sort of blowhard sense of go-for-broke about it.
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roger
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2014 06:13 pm
@Wilso,
That's funny.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2014 07:39 pm
I used to like horse races, but no more. Couldn't justify the abuse.
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maxdancona
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2014 07:55 pm
@Wilso,
I play poker. But, if you are good, poker isn't gambling.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2014 08:08 pm
@Wilso,
A horse died so I shouldn't have done this ... but ... I giggled.

I used to go to the track once in a while with a group of co-workers. $5 for a decent meal and I usually took $20 to bet. Over a year, I came out ahead by $50 or $60. The big bettors always seemed to go home in the hole.
roger
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2014 08:10 pm
@ehBeth,
I felt bad about the horse, too. It was wilso's predicament that won the laugh.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2014 08:30 pm
@roger,
same here
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 5 Nov, 2014 12:40 am
@ehBeth,
Same here.
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Wilso
 
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Reply Wed 5 Nov, 2014 01:46 am
Glad everyone is experiencing enjoyment at my "expense" Mr. Green
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Roberta
 
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Reply Thu 6 Nov, 2014 02:59 pm
Sorry to hear this, Wilso--about you and the horse.

I've been to the horse races a few times. Won each time. In one case, I won every race. ($2 bets)

I've been to Atlantic City many times. I came home with more than I left with each time--even when I played the slots.

I've played Texas hold 'em in person a few times. Won each time.

I sometimes play Texas hold 'em online (not for money). I started with $1,000 of nonmoney. I now have over $200,000 of nonmoney.

Why does this happen? Dunno.
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Wilso
 
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Reply Thu 6 Nov, 2014 04:38 pm
Philosophically, I'm generally not a fan of racing. Whatever qualities horses may have, race horses have every quality bred out of them except the ability to run fast in a circle. So that people with too much money and too much time can dress up at 2 in the afternoon, stand around a drink champagne and pretend they're better than everyone else.
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hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 6 Nov, 2014 09:47 pm
I can take or leave racing (ok, mostly leave) but gambling leaves me cold. I've never understood it.

"Lotteries are a tax on people who are a bad at mathematics" should be on my family crest.
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Builder
 
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Reply Tue 25 Nov, 2014 11:54 pm
It (Melbourne Cup) really is a phenomenon of the industry. Usually 24 horses, running a long course, and horses from around the globe are flown in, so attempting to use form to pick anything, is more headache than it's worth.

I backed an outsider (on a whim) for a place, and it came in third. Cost a fiver. Haven't cashed the ticket yet, but something like 18$. The gal friend spent a morning carefully reading the form guide, and for an outlay of 160 shekels, won absolutely nothing.

Toughest race of the calendar to pick, and everyone is on it. Usually nets the gov't in excess of 15 million. For one race. Talk about clever marketing.
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