Friday, May 12, 2006

The Party Begins at Greektown

It is lunch time, and I am spending more time in front of the Roulette table. As I reach the table, an older man has just won $210, and when betting resumes on the next hand, he places all of his chips, the $210 plus the $100 or so that he had in front of him, on the roulette board. He puts his green chips on all 38 numbers. Some numbers have more chips, others less.

The croupier waves his hand, and all betting stops. I watch the ball, but none of the players do. They wait for the croupier to place the glass piece on a number, to see if they have won. In reality, this makes sense, as most players have bet on many numbers, and would not be able to tell if they won by watching the wheel alone.

The ball lands on double zero. There are two green chips in the square. The man, hwho has placed over $300 worth of chips on the board, has won $70. He cashes in his chips, and walks away from the table.

A young guy takes his place at the table. He is wearing a navy-blue polo shirt. He looks to be my age, with a full head of hair. He pulls out two black $100 chips from his pocket, and asks for $5 chips. Two spins later, he is reaching for another black chip. He gets another 20 $5 chips, and puts them on 7, 10 and 11. The wheel stops on 12. He takes out another black chip from his pocket, and asks for his chips in quarters. The croupier gives him four $25 chips. One each goes on 7, 10 and 11. The fourth one he plays with. Putting on Black, then pulling it off, before finally deciding to put it back on black, and then pulling it away just before the Croupier waves his hand. .

He loses again.

Over the course of four spins of the wheel he has lost $375. He reaches back into his pocket, and pulls out two more black chips.

Quarters, he says again.

He gets eight $25 chips, giving him nine chips in front of him. He places one each on 7, 10 and 11.

He loses again.

He takes three more chips, and places them on 7, 10 and 11.

As he waits for other players to place their bets, he stands and walks around, in a circle. he reminds me of Poker players I have watched on TV, when they have gone all in, and are waiting for a miracle card on the river. On TV, sometimes they get the miracle card, sometimes they don't. But luck is not with this guy today.

The ball lands on 24. He has three chips left, $75 worth, plus whatever other black chips he may have had in his pocket, but from his body language, I am getting the sense that he has just blown his rent money.

I wait for him to bet the last $75, but he walks away from the table. In just a few minutes he has burned through over $500, and i wonder if he is walking somewhere else to parley his $75 into a big score.


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