I was someplace last night watching a game of poker in progress. It might have been Texas hold’em, I’m not really sure but it was a game in real life which is the only way to play it, damn the internet gaming industry that keeps spamming my blog. Part of fun is just being there in the smokey environment watching the cards get dealt out and listening to the trash talk at the table. Old school hustlers are interesting to observe but there’s no way you could have convinced me to get in on the game. I would have been eaten alive.

I think it is unconscionable that you can be prosecuted for private gambling but that the state runs a lottery and sanctions casinos for the purpose of generating tax revenue. If gambling is a crime then the state is a compound criminal for both running the business and imposing a monopoly on the practice. That’s why I like seeing a local card game or money put down on a pool game. If I win $20 on a bet I don’t have to deal with the government sticking its hand out as if they put in on this. Damn that, if I lose the $20 I’m not looking to the government to recoup my loss so if I win they’re not entitled to my money either.

That’s another reason I don’t play the lottery: I would rather if I lose a bet that my money remain in my neighborhood than to disappear into the government machine. And the odds on the Lotto are stacked in the state’s favor whereas the local guy playing me in pool or cards is matching wit against wit and even odds on the luck factor. That is true gambling rather than what the state does which is to just sit there and suck blood because there is no way for them to lose when they set the terms.

That plus if I win $20 in a pool bet I don’t have to deal with my opponent making me choose between getting paid over the course of many years or taking an immediate payout with a huge penalty. That’s worse than shady, that’s just dirty pool.

5 Responses to “Gambling”

  1. guy in the UNLV jacket says:

    I believe I would shoot someone for trying to make me take my $20 pool winnings over 20 years….Every April 1st you open the mail and there is a check for $1. On the other hand If you win enuough pool bets and have enough dollars coming in that you could suppliment your income nicely, on the other hand if you loose a bunch of games you have to mail ut a bunch of checks, this is getting complicated, We all know the answer to complication is the gumment. They could then set up a department to make sure gambling winnings get to who needs them. Of course they are going to need a little piece of the action. So now I just go to my mail box and get a $.75 check and mail out a $1.25 check and everything is taken care of….Fuck that it I’m with Mexi pay me now sukas!!!

  2. The "D" says:

    I will update blog when I get home. busy at work. dangit

  3. Plus, the whole world doesn’t know that you won in a private poker game, so you don’t have needy “friends” and relatives whom you haven’t seen in 30 years showing up for a handout.

  4. Mexigogue says:

    Yeah, I like that.

    “Hey man, do you have a dollar?”

    “Sure do.” (keep going)

  5. Phelps says:

    There’s a guy here at work who plays in a Hold Em tournament in his neighborhood every week. I thought about going, and then I thought, “I can lose $100 in that… or I can spend that $100 on that spinning steel centerfire rifle target stand I found today on I think I’ll get the target.” And in reality I’ll probably just keep the $100.