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So, in your opinion, is gambling really that bad? My best friend is a bit of a risk taker and does gamble on Poker and Slot Machines alot. I personally have never really done it. I don't even know how to play Poker properly to be honest! What are your thoughts on this?

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For me it is a no-goer. Those things are set up to make you lose, and what is the point of buying lottery tickets if the odds of winning are less than 1 in 10,000,000? Plus, I'm under 18. I'd personally much rather earn the same amount of money by inventing the next generation of video games or something (although I have no plans to).

 

Playing Poker with M&M's sure is fun though! (done it quite a few times)

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I've gambled a few times with Poker and Texas Hold 'em. Actually I think its safe to say that everyone has gambled at some point in their life, without realizing. After all arcades are just mini-casinos lol :P

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The thing about arcades is that it only costs money to play the games and get high scores and sometimes extra free plays, rather than play the games only for the fun of winning money and if you lose (most likely) you will be disappointed and not have any good "fun" to reflect on. Trying to get on the high scores of a pinball machine is always fun (did it twice).

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I actually played the lottery a lot when I was five years old - with my parents' permission, of course. But I wouldn't do it now as a poor bachelor. ;)

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I used to play Online Poker a lot, but at some point lost everything (which wasn't a lot but when you grow something out of little and you lose it all, well it's frustrating). Used to go to the casino, only for the ambiance, I never spend more than $11 when I go there.

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I used to play Online Poker a lot, but at some point lost everything (which wasn't a lot but when you grow something out of little and you lose it all, well it's frustrating). Used to go to the casino, only for the ambiance, I never spend more than $11 when I go there.

 

Yeah, my friend had the same problem like 5 years ago. He kept spending his money on online gambling so fast his wages went in like a day. He had to go to some meeting and now he can only spend like a fiver a month on machines, but not online.

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I completely disagree with it. We've got people in this world who gamble their lives away practically, and it kind of pains me to see that. And as Trevor said, the 1 in 1,000,000 chance of winning isn't worth it.

 

Why not just get a good job instead?

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Oh, I just go there for the thrill to be there. It feels another world when you're in the casino. Plus, free drinks ;)

 

But yeah, never more than once or twice a year anyway, so that's a huge $22. I'm ruined...

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An occasional cheap gambling exception like Rock's is fine just for the fun of it, but I personally hate casinoes, they smell like cigarettes and crap. Plus, I'm underage, duh. This is why I love poker and other gambling games for M&M's, haha.

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Poker <3 <3 <3

Blackjack w/ card counting (Y)

Most other casino games: :unsure: (when played for real $)

 

Poker has always been fun for me, although for the longest time I didn't take it that seriously and approximately broke even over the long run. Over the last couple months I've slowly been studying the game, and the knowledge I've learned combined with me actually taking the game seriously has turned me into a winning player. (I actually have somebody providing money for me to play with in exchange for a part of my profits). I'm nowhere near at the level I would need to make a full living off it, but it's providing a nice bit of side income for university...and the sky's the limit for moving up in stakes, so who knows.

 

(inb4 "making a living with poker is unrealistic" or "there's no strategy at poker": the entire memberbase of http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/ disagrees with you)

Edited by James
there are other ways to "advantage gamble" besides those 2, but don't want to get too specific

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Poker <3 <3 <3

Blackjack w/ card counting (Y)

Pretty much everything else that comes with a house edge: :unsure: (when played for real $)

 

Poker has always been fun for me, although for the longest time I didn't take it that seriously and approximately broke even over the long run. Over the last couple months I've slowly been studying the game, and the knowledge I've learned combined with me actually taking the game seriously has turned me into a winning player. (I actually have somebody providing money for me to play with in exchange for a part of my profits). I'm nowhere near at the level I would need to make a full living off it, but it's providing a nice bit of side income for university...and the sky's the limit for moving up in stakes, so who knows.

 

(inb4 "making a living with poker is unrealistic" or "there's no strategy at poker": the entire memberbase of http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/ disagrees with you)

 

Let's just say we'll have to agree to disagree, and I sure hope you don't make a living off it. Better to find a secure income to live off. (Y)

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Poker is secure source of income if 1) you are a winning player and 2) you follow proper bankroll management. :)

 

I can give you an illustration of #2.

 

Player A risks 10% of his bank account at a time. Player B keeps his poker funds separate from his life funds and only risks 1% of his poker funds at a time. Player A is destined to go broke even if he's massively pro, whereas Player B can barely be a winning player and yet will see his winnings grow over time.

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