Post # 1
I was never into following sports until I bet with a buddy over whose team would make it closer to the World Series (I picked the Yankees and he picked the Red Sox – this was before the Sox had broken the curse).
I ended up following baseball pretty closely that year, and it was a great feeling when the Yankees crushed the Sox and won the World Series. It was the last time it happened for a while, so I lucked out with the timing.
Anyway we had bet a surf and turf dinner, so I made him fly down from Boston to watch me eat lobster and steak at Ruth’s Chris. It sounds mean, but he actually visits NYC all the time since his brother lives here… so we just scheduled the dinner for his next trip into town. Of course he waited a year or so to visit, because he wanted to suck all the joy out of it for me. 🙂
Coming back to the original question: I don’t really gamble (no poker, no blackjack, no slots) but I like to place bets with my buddies and smacktalk. So I guess I do have a slight inclination towards gambling. But more like, I just like to smacktalk with my friends!
How about you: do you gamble? Would it bother you if your SO gambled?
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
I don’t gamble on a regular basis, but I love going to casinos whenever I’m in Vegas or Atlantic City. I’m especially addicted to slots, the nickel variety, which are getting harder to find!
Post # 4
We live about 10 miles from the casinos, so yes, we both gamble. 🙂 My husband and I like to play poker, blackjack, and roulette maybe once a month or every other month. The problem isn’t really with the gambling, but with the smoke in the casinos. I can only take it for a couple hours and then we have to book it out of there (and immediately shower when we get home!).
We don’t have a problem spending some "entertainment" money in the casinos, now and then, but if it turned into a thing where we were trying to make money or "recover our losses," we’d probably stop. I grew up in Nevada and now we live on the NV/CA border, so I’ve seen a lot of people with gambling addictions. It is not a pretty sight. 🙁
Post # 5
My fiance is a professional gambler, and I had never even touched a slot machine until I met him. It’s a lot of fun for us to go to a casino once in a while, but I’ve seen what gambling can do to people. If people are compulsive or dishonest, it can financially and emotionally ruin you and your relationship. I’m grateful that its all fun and games for us!
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall
We buy lottery tickets on our birthday, but that’s about it. Might hit the casino occasionally to play some slots…
Post # 7
haha, mr. bee — we do the smack talk thing all the time! we always set up fantasy basketball teams and watch sports regularly, so that’s our form of gambling. (side note: as the only girl in the league — I am quite proud to say I WON it this year!!)
No offense to anyone who does do it, but I don’t really see the point! Although, there is this one arcade game at a local bowling alley that we always waste like $5-$10 playing in hopes of winning, but we never do!!
*one the workers there told us the machine is rigged to only let someone win after $900 have been put in the machine!!!!
Post # 8
At the start of football season my Fiance and his college buddies meet up for a weekend & pick their fantasy football teams. They each put in $500. They play golf, drink beer & catch up. I’m pretty sure part of that money ends up contributing to the weekend events too though. He also plays poker on Wednesday nights with a bunch of co-workers, thats a $10 buy in, so no big deal.
I play poker once a month, but with low buy in’s. My Fiance and I both play for fun & to catch up with friends. Neither of us actually expect to win when we gamble lol.
Post # 9
We both participate in the same fantasy football league and our annual March Madness Tournament bracket. However, neither of these are for money–mostly just bragging rights, free drinks (the winner of our fantasy league drinks for free during the off-season) and a truly hideous fantasy football league trophy.
We are both really competitive with one another and are constantly betting each other on things. Usually the terms of the bet don’t include money, it’s more like "if I win, you have to clean the cat box, if you win, then I’ll take out the trash". I actually bet him $50 that my mom wouldn’t cry at our wedding and this reminds me, I need to collect my cash!
I guess to answer your question, serious gambling involving money would bother me, because I don’t find it that financially responsible. If it’s all in good fun, then I’m okay with it.
Post # 10
Before poker exploded on TV and became the "cool" thing to do and when my stepdad was alive he was a professional poker player so I’ve been around casinos etc since I was 12 and it’s normal to me and almost expected to be placing bets and gambling! My fiance has been known to play a mean wheel of fortune slot machine, but he leaves the gambling to me (ponies and craps).
Post # 11
Nah, neither of us gamble (though my fiance wants to try counting cards, and proclaims an addiction to those Stacker games you find at the mall).
Post # 12
We live in Louisville KY and have become quite enamored with the horse racing industry. We go to the track at least a couple times each season and bet – nothing huge. I bet for fun and enjoy winning my $2 ticket back, Fiance takes it a bit more serious and really follows the jockeys and horse stats, but never spends more than $20-$30 a bet. It’s a fun social thing, but he does make sure he has his online bets on big days like Derby. He also plays poker occassionally. I don’t have a problem with gambling and betting so long as it doesn’t become a problem or addiction. Its a fun social outlet! 🙂