Sunday, February 03, 2008


I don't gamble. I have awful luck and I think way too hard. The one time I did gamble was at a Christmas Casino party my freshman year, and that was only because I a) wasn't playing with real money; b) knew all of the "dealers" and c) was one of the few sober people in attendance and therefore had my wits about me to cheat. For example: while playing Roulette, I would put chips on the 1 and 2 squares. If the wheel landed on a 4, 5 or 6 (the other end of the table) I would slap my hand down on the table (and over the chips I had placed), yell "Ohhhhh, too bad!" and slowly draw my hand back toward me, chips included, until I could sneak them off the table while the dealer wasn't looking. He finally noticed what I was doing, and all he could do was laugh. And it's not like cheating helped me win anything, because rather than distribute tickets for prizes based on how much "money" you had in chips, people were just pulling tickets off the roll and passing it to the next guy.

Anyway, so having never been to Vegas, Tunica or Biloxi, I haven't had a chance to even see if I'd be good at gambling but I don't think I would be.

Which is why, even thought I was promised there was no technique or skill involved, I was very very cautious to enter my office's Super Bowl Squares tournament. I still don't fully understand how it works, but all I know is I paid $2 and could win 4 prizes of $50. I chose my square very carefully and scientifically (by dropping my pen and choosing the closest square to where it landed). So as I understand it, I am hoping for scores to end in a 3 and 7. As in, at the end of the quarter, I need on team's score to be 3, 13, 23, etc., and the other's to be 7, 17, 27, etc. The catch: I forget which team's score I need to end in 3 and which team's needs to end in 7. So as you are cheering for your favorite team tonight, cheer them on to scores that end in a 3 or a 7. And cross your fingers that the right teams score the right numbers. I'll let you know tomorrow how I did.


  1. I'm hoping you won a lot of money since it was 3-0 after the first, 7-3 after the second, and the Giants had 17 at the end. At least one of us might get some sort of pleasure out of the Giants ruining my evening.

  2. Well, I could have won $100 since the score stayed 7-3 at the end of the second and third quarters. But of course my luck was that I needed it to be the other way around (Patriots 3, Giants 7). So no, all I won was a bellyache from eating so much.


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