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    Cyburbian Tom R's avatar
    Jul 2002

    What is the most you've ever lost on a coin toss?

    I like to play poker and the most I have ever won or lost in a game was about $80. But when I was in Delaware, we had a conference in Atlantic City and a number of those attending hit the casinos pretty hard. Do you gamble? (not penny ante) Any big losses or wins?

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    Aug 2007
    Quote Originally posted by Tom R View post
    I like to play poker and the most I have ever won or lost in a game was about $80. But when I was in Delaware, we had a conference in Atlantic City and a number of those attending hit the casinos pretty hard. Do you gamble? (not penny ante) Any big losses or wins?
    in my college days (which was not that long ago) I lost a very large amount my junior year trying to bet on Football and Basketball games.. i haven’t placed a bet, or gambled since.. not even a quarter

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    Cyburbian ofos's avatar
    Jul 2006
    Slightly Off-Center
    I've lost millions in the Texas state lottery (more accurately, failed to win millions). Other than occasional contributions to the state that way, I'm not really a gambler. I did win over $800 in an office NCAA basketball tournament pool a few years ago.
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    Cyburbian SGB's avatar
    Nov 2002
    Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Reserve
    I've spent hundreds in my lifetime on failed attempts to win large lottery jackpots.

    Otherwise, I'm usually considered a "designated donor" at an annual poker weekend with some friends from college.

    Except for this year: I came out ahead by $25. This was largely recognized by all in attendance as an anomoly caused by a disturbance in The Force.

    I rarely go to casinos. When I do, I limit myself to losing money on quarter slots.
    All these years the people said he’s actin’ like a kid.
    He did not know he could not fly, so he did.
    - - Guy Clark, "The Cape"

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    Cyburbian WSU MUP Student's avatar
    Mar 2007
    Lowering the PCI in the Hills
    I've never bought a lottery ticket but have had three given to me as gifts. All three were winners! One of them won me $300!

    I used to go to the casinos every once in a while and overall have probably broken even on that. I have had multiple trips winning more than $1,000 (the best trip I ever had was winning about $3,500 at a casino in Malta, the following day I won the $500 bingo game aboard the USS Saipan). I have never lost that much in one trip but have of course had a few trips losing about $100 - $250.

    I haven't actually gone to the casino with the intent to gamble in a few years now though. When I do go into the casino these days, it's just to get my parking validated at the garages in Detroit.

    I enjoy playing poker with my friends every once in a while and look at my $25 (or however much) as a donation to the cause of beer and pizza.
    "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." - 1980 Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan

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    Cyburbian illinoisplanner's avatar
    May 2005
    The Fox Valley
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    At most, I might've lost maybe $15 playing poker with friends, however I'm usually pretty good at poker, so that doesn't happen too often.
    "Life's a journey, not a destination"
    -Steven Tyler

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    Forums Administrator & Gallery Moderator NHPlanner's avatar
    Apr 1996
    New Hampshire
    $100 entry fee into a poker tournament was the most I've ever lost (finished 1 spot away from the final table and out of the money).
    "Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of community character is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how." -- Edward T. McMahon, The Conservation Fund

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    Cyburbian The One's avatar
    Mar 2004
    Where Valley Fever Lives
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    Doesn't anyone else get it? Obvious reference from No Country for Old Men.....teh killers favorite saying

    The most money I've ever lost at one time......between $20 and $30. Roulette or the pony's
    "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."
    John Kenneth Galbraith

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    Cyburbian Tide's avatar
    Oct 2005
    After running the local poker game and taking many top 3 places over 2006 my wife and I thought we would try playing in AC. We each brought $150 with us (each) and sat down to play a little $1/$2. About an hour and a half later, we both walked out of there with about $20 bucks left to our name. Hit the buffet and went home. We'll stick to the local house games from now on.

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    Cyburbian Planit's avatar
    Mar 2005
    In a 480 square foot ex baseball nacho stand
    My gambling primarily stays on the golf course. Normal game is $10, but I've won as much as $50 (lost moret han won however).

    March Madness Basketball Pools I've won a few time (in fact won all four I entered in 2006 when the Gators won it all).

    Casinos and poker game I just don't do because I just hand over my money. In fact I should just walk in to a casino, go to the teller and hand them my money and then leave. It's quicker that way.
    "Whatever beer I'm drinking, is better than the one I'm not." DMLW
    "Budweiser sells a product they reflectively insist on calling beer." John Oliver

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    I usually drop a couple hundred when I go to Churchill Downs, which is why I only go two or three times a year. (Mind you, this includes entry, box seats, program, food, and liquid valium a/k/a Heinekin drafts which I swear are boosted to 10%abv.)

    Every once in a while, I come out ahead and sometimes way ahead, as in '93 when I had Sea Hero/Prairie Bayou big, plus a $4 exacta. (Should have had the tri -- I had money on show finisher Wild Gale too). Anyway, I actually got a W-2 from Churchill that year.

    Don't care for casinos. Usually play $.25/$.50/$1 poker. Mostly I'm a donor, sometimes I get hot.

    I just watched a replay of the '93 Derby on youtube. Jerry Bailey takes Sea Hero out of the 4th turn with a giant move inside to the rail and the Hero just ... tramples the field on the way to a 2 length victory. Huge, huge move.)
    Je suis Charlie

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    Cyburbian Zoning Goddess's avatar
    Sep 1999
    400 miles from Orlando
    I play the FL lottery here and there and won $90 years ago. I've been on a couple cruise ships with casinos and take a set amount, like $30 that I'll play 'til it's gone. That's it for me and gambling.

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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
    May 2003
    Northwestern Ohio

    One-Armed Bandit Random

    Not much of a gambler. Every year when up north (in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan) I gamble some BIG mula.....usually about $40 on the quarter slots. Just go once a year and once on the trip....never walked out a winner.

    This Bear is the type of person who will smoke you on the basketball court if we are playing just to play. As soon as there is money on the game, my famous jumper goes south. Once lost a trumpet in a game. I had blasted the dude in about a dozen straight one-on-one games. As soon as I bet my horn, I lost.

    I play the super-duper lotto when it kicks into the 50 million range. As if I had a better chance. Sigh......

    Final comment: I always enjoyed the statement indicating that ".....if I win the big lotto I won't quit my job, but I will be fired within an hour.....".

    Bear Scratching (But It Ain't Lottery Tickets)
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