By Richard Roeper
Over 30 days in early 2009, Richard Roeper risked greater than a quarter-million money on essentially each approach to playing at present on hand in the United States. guess the home chronicles his wild trip. stick to Roeper as he travels from celebrity-filled Vegas tournaments to podunk puppy races, negotiates unlawful activities bets with shadowy bookies, trolls overseas-based web gaming websites, wagers opposed to a radio comic, haunts blackjack tables, and flips cash at a bar. because the wins and losses mount, you’ll proportion his suspense over that subsequent enormous wager, the person who may, simply may, get him again to black via the top of his odyssey. Bet the home additionally explores: • What it’s wish to guess cash you don’t have, understanding that for those who lose, you’re in a few critical trouble.• The worst referee’s selection within the NFL within the final decade, and the way it price the writer millions of dollars.• The time Roeper gained greater than $20,000 on a unmarried horse race. • Why the slots are one of these undesirable play, why Roeper hates baccarat, and why nation lotteries are worse than any numbers online game run through the mob.• the ten top playing videos of all time. The actual nationwide hobby isn’t baseball or soccer or basketball. It’s gambling--on myth soccer, March insanity, poker, slots, the lottery, keno, church raffles, bingo, and extra. wager the home recounts with humor and satisfaction the final word thrill experience of 1 American gambler.
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Extra info for Bet the House: How I Gambled Over a Grand a Day for 30 Days on Sports, Poker, and Games of Chance
I win the last of my three bets, which means I also win the parlay. And just like that I’m up a total of $900. March Madness is here! 25 an hour. On average I’d make about $80 a week, before taxes. Armed with my $50 or $60, I’d play in basement poker games, including a regular Saturday night game hosted by the older brother of a friend of a friend. Most of the players were guys in their late teens or early 20s who had jobs at nearby warehouses, factories, stores, or steel mills; there were a few ancient guys in their 30s who would show up from time to time.
I know that unlike a $1,000 bet on a single sporting event or game of blackjack, there’s very little chance I’ll lose the entire $1,000—but there’s also virtually no chance of doubling my money in 30 days. I also bet $1,000 on the Chicago White Sox to win the 2009 World Series, at the bargain rate of 35-1. Do I really think my favorite team is better than the Red Sox, the Yankees, the Rays, the Phillies, the Dodgers, or the Cubs, among other preseason favorites? No. But the Sox did win their division last year, and they’ve got a potentially interesting mix of veterans and newcomers in their lineup.
Hand #34: I hit on 12, get an 8 for 20. Dealer shows K, turns over 3—gets a 7 for 20. Hand #35: I have 11. Dealer shows a 3. I double down. I get an 8 for 19. Dealer turns over an 8 for 11, gets a Q for 21. Hand #36: I have 13. Dealer shows a 7. I hit and bust. Dealer had 13. Hand #37: I have 11. Double down. I get 18. Dealer has 19. Hand #38: I have 18. Dealer shows 20. Hand #39: I have 17. Dealer gets a 20. After 50 hands, I’m dead even. After 100 hands, I’m down just $30. I feel sufficiently warmed up and I’m comfortable with the Bodog Day 2 37 graphics and the mechanics of betting, so I up the stakes to $50, $60, even $100 a hand.