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Sandy asks…

New Casino coming to my home town next year – GameMaker question?

A new casino is coming to my home town but without any tables…. 🙁 Just a racetrack and slots. I want to know:

Are the ‚GameMakers‘ set up to make you loose? These are machines that have BlackJack and Keno and Pick’em Poker and stuff on them. Is playing blackjack on one of these a stupid idea? Or is it the same as playing at a table?

With $5 one time I made it up to $30. But I would like to know if that was just a fluke/luck or if these things have real odds/randomness.
Thanks. I know that every game is luck/chance…..or it wouldn’t exisist. What I’m asking is if these machines are worse than playing at a table or not. But I suppose that they would have to be on the level or it’d be illegal.

admin answers:

The Blackjack video games are programed to use random drawing from a standard deck, reshuffled after every hand. If the payout for a blackjack is 3 to 2, you are getting the exact same odds and chance of winning as at a casino (assuming you are not a proficient card counter). Some of them only pay 6 to 5 on blackjacks, and do not permit doubling after splitting, so your chances are somewhat worse.

Keno is the worse game in a casino; cannot imagine a machine could treat you worse.

Richard asks…

Is this funny Bobs last letter ?

Dear Friends: It is important for men to remember that as women grow older it becomes harder for them to maintain the same quality of housekeeping as they did when they were younger. When men notice this, they should try not to yell.

Let me relate how I handle the situation.

When I got laid off from my consulting job and took “early retirement” in April, it became necessary for Nancy to get a full-time job, both for extra income and for health benefits that we need. It was shortly after she started working that I noticed that she was beginning to show her age.

I usually get home from fishing or hunting about the same time she gets home from work. Although she knows how hungry I am, she almost always says that she has to rest for half an hour or so before she starts supper. I try not to yell, instead I tell her to take her time and just wake me when she finally does get supper on the table. She used to do the dishes as soon as we finished eating. It is now not unusual for them to sit on the table for several hours after supper.

I do what I can by reminding her several times each evening that they aren’t cleaning themselves. I know she appreciates this, as it does seem to help her get them done before she goes to bed.

Now that she is older she seems to get tired so much more quickly. Our washer and dryer are in the basement. Sometimes she says she just can’t make another trip down those steps. I don’t make a big issue of this. As long as she finishes up the laundry the next evening I am willing to overlook it.

Not only that, but unless I need something ironed to wear to the Monday lodge meeting or to Wednesday’s or Saturday’s poker club or to Tuesday’s or Thursday’s bowling or something like that, I will tell her to wait until the next evening to do the ironing. This gives her little more time to do some of those odds and ends things like shampooing the dog, vacuuming or dusting.

Also, if I have had a really good day fishing, this allows her to gut and scale the fish at a more leisurely pace.

Nancy is starting to complain a little occasionally. For example, she will say that it is difficult for her to find time to pay the monthly bills during her lunch hour. In spite of her complaining, I continue to try to offer encouragement. I tell her to stretch it out over two or even three days. That way she won’t have to rush so much. I also remind her that missing lunch completely now and then wouldn’t hurt her any, if you know what I mean.

When doing simple jobs she seems to think she needs more rest periods.

She had to take a break when she was only half finished mowing the yard. I try not to embarrass her when she needs these little extra rest breaks. I tell her to fix herself a nice, big, cold glass of freshly squeezed lemonade and just sit for a while. I tell her that as long as she is making one for herself, she may as well make one for me and take her break by the hammock so she can talk with me until I fall asleep.

I know that I probably look like a saint in the way I support Nancy on a daily basis. I’m not saying that the ability to show this much consideration is easy. Many men will find it difficult. Some will find it impossible. No one knows better than I do how frustrating women can become as they get older. However, guys, even if you just yell at your wife a little less often because of this article, I will consider that writing it was worthwhile.

Signed, Bob

Bob’s funeral was on Saturday, January 25th.

Nancy was acquitted Monday, January 27th.

admin answers:

Funny!!! I’m glad Nancy was acquitted.

Linda asks…

What should I get for her birthday?

It’s my old roommate’s birthday in a week and I’m not sure what to get her. The part that makes it difficult is that she has very little interests outside of studying. She plays badminton occasionally (like three times a year) and indulges in poker every so often (like two times a year) and goes out for the odd game of bowling ( I think you get the point). None of these are frequent enough to consider a hobby, so I don’t think she would get much use out of a present in any of those fields. She does have a sweet tooth and adores chocolate, but I have already gotten her sweets as a gift in the past. She is very conservative (no sex until marriage, etc. or her parents will kill her) so dirty presents are off the table. She’s also a minimalist that doesn’t really like decorations (our apartment was so bare when I lived with her), and she kills any plants she gets (which happened to be a cactus, how does that happen?). Anyway, I was hoping someone could shed some light on the situation and maybe present some sort of gift as a solution to my dilemma. Please help?!

admin answers:

Well it sounds like your friend is in her mid 20’s. She is a young adult so you should get her something that any young adult would appreciate. A trendy looking earrings and necklace set would be nice. You could get her a blender and a recipe book to make different drinks. Or you could get her a new organizer for all her school work. Here are some gift ideas for college students that will give you ideas on what to get her Hope this helps Good luck.

Carol asks…

When you hang out socially with your kids babysitter..?

When you hang out socially with your kids babysitter, or just anytime your home while they are there, would you want them to be telling your kids what to do?

I always feel weird telling the kids to do things when the parents are still home. But at the same time, i kinda wonder if i don’t say anything when the kids are doing something wrong, will they think i let the kids do whatever they want when their gone?

I usually get a ride to their house, so i usually show up while the parents are still getting ready to go out, and the kids are usually supposed to be eating dinner or doing homework or sometimes cleaning their rooms or something. After the parents leave i have no problem being more firm and telling the kids to stay at the table and eat, or to finish there homework etc. But when i first get there sometimes the kids are running around when there supposed to be eating, or they want to come talk to me and show me stuff, and i want to tell them to go sit back down or whatever, but im not sure i should if the parents are still there?

Sometimes the parents invite me over to there parties (like the upcoming superbowl party) and i feel kinda odd hanging out with them socially, i mean their cool people, and i kinda knew them from playing poker at the pub before i started babysitting for them, but i kinda feel weird hanging out at their house, because of the whole babysitting thing, and im not sure if i should be telling their kids stuff.. and of course when im there the kids want me to play with them, and want to be out with me, or sitting with me (which i dont mind at all) but the parents would rather they go play in their rooms or outside. I’m sure im totally over thinking all this, The parents always say im a great babysitter and stuff, but i was just wondering how other parents feel about it all.

admin answers:

She is one of my good friends. I love hanging out with her.

George asks…

Going the casino to play poker for the first time (in real life) alone?


Im 20 and ive been playing poker online for 2 years now. Today Im off and rather fancy going to a real casino to play poker. Ive already read about the general etiquette around the table.

My questions relate to what I should actually expect? Im going on my own too, would that look odd? I also have a limit of £40 as its my first time at physical, competitive poker, am I likely to find tables with blinds to suit that bankroll?

Also Im quite introver and any so-called „banter“ round the table is likely to knock me off form. How can I guard against it?


admin answers:

Everyone one else will be there alone so don’t worry. The banter at the table is nothing like you see on TV. It’s just people who have been there for many hours and some of them will be eating.
It will be fun for you but not what you expect. Enjoy!!

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