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what made you start gambling?
« on: May 25, 2016, 09:52:51 PM »
what made you start gambling at the first place? share your stories here!


 

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Re: what made you start gambling?
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2016, 11:26:38 PM »
I started gambling by playing poker on "free play money" sites and found myself quite good at it.  I also played some roulette on a particular gaming site with play money and studied some inside bet systems that I found quite intriguing and profitable.  That's when I stumbled upon the Kavouras Bet through Google and the rest is history!
 

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Re: what made you start gambling?
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2016, 02:11:35 AM »
In games I use to be lucky! Roulette since it become available on line and in a shape with no need for insane capital, I have played for years. I sometimes try other games as well, but roulette is the most.
 

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Re: what made you start gambling?
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2016, 05:55:15 AM »
A combination of seeing a movie, a curiosity around numbers and stupidity.
 

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Re: what made you start gambling?
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2016, 06:48:01 AM »
About 8 years old in the 1960's I used to run bets for the old folks in my street.

The bookmaker lived in the same street and my job was to deliver the money and make the bets.

The reason I would put the bets on was because the punters would wait until the race started, then if the horse they were betting got a good start they would flag me with a handkerchief. I would stand right outside the bookie's house so they would take the bet. If the punters didn't flag me then that meant their horse didn't start too well, so the bet was not placed.

When it worked, the 'late bet/good start' method won them decent money, and I would get a small payment on each win.

Lot's of fun and thrills as a child, I was hooked for like!
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Re: what made you start gambling?
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2016, 07:39:50 AM »
About 8 years old in the 1960's I used to run bets for the old folks in my street.

The bookmaker lived in the same street and my job was to deliver the money and make the bets.

The reason I would put the bets on was because the punters would wait until the race started, then if the horse they were betting got a god start they would flag me a handkerchief. I would stand right outside the bookie's house so they would take the bet. If the punters didn't flag me then that meant their horse didn't start too well, so the bet was not placed.

When it worked, the 'late bet/good start' method won them decent money, and I would get a small payment on each win.

Lot's of fun and thrills as a child, I was hooked for like!

In the early 19th century before the telegraph, they could place bets i London from race in Paris, hours after the race was over, as it took at least a few days before it was known in London. Some gamblers used a pigeon and could very often put a fat bet.
 
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Re: what made you start gambling?
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2016, 10:32:28 AM »
About 8 years old in the 1960's I used to run bets for the old folks in my street.

The bookmaker lived in the same street and my job was to deliver the money and make the bets.

The reason I would put the bets on was because the punters would wait until the race started, then if the horse they were betting got a god start they would flag me a handkerchief. I would stand right outside the bookie's house so they would take the bet. If the punters didn't flag me then that meant their horse didn't start too well, so the bet was not placed.

When it worked, the 'late bet/good start' method won them decent money, and I would get a small payment on each win.

Lot's of fun and thrills as a child, I was hooked for like!

In the early 19th century before the telegraph, they could place bets i London from race in Paris, hours after the race was over, as it took at least a few days before it was known in London. Some gamblers used a pigeon and could very often put a fat bet.

Yes, I was the pigeon!
 

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Re: what made you start gambling?
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2016, 11:08:42 AM »

I aim to win 5 to 10% of my investment on gambling during one year period.
Same as you could expect from a stock portfolio.
Now i combine both casino and sportbetting.
 
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Re: what made you start gambling?
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2016, 04:48:51 PM »
About 8 years old in the 1960's I used to run bets for the old folks in my street.

The bookmaker lived in the same street and my job was to deliver the money and make the bets.

The reason I would put the bets on was because the punters would wait until the race started, then if the horse they were betting got a good start they would flag me with a handkerchief. I would stand right outside the bookie's house so they would take the bet. If the punters didn't flag me then that meant their horse didn't start too well, so the bet was not placed.

When it worked, the 'late bet/good start' method won them decent money, and I would get a small payment on each win.

Lot's of fun and thrills as a child, I was hooked for life!

Great story!  :)

As for me, I've been fascinated by probability and systems (not just roulette systems) for a long time, even though I'm not a gambler by nature and in fact am a typically risk-averse engineer. I do remember though, as a kid, being shown around the sumptuous casino in Deauville in northern France on a school trip (I'm guessing they wouldn't do that these days - probably call it child abuse  ;D ). It made a big impression on me, so maybe that's where the seeds were sewn.
 

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Re: what made you start gambling?
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2016, 08:31:21 PM »
If I remember correctly I first went to a casino at the age of 30.
Before that I was studying roulette for a few years.

But now I remember that when I was a child we had a little roulette game with a mini wheel and betting board. So there may be some truth in that what we experience in early age has an (even subconscious) effect to our future.
 

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Re: what made you start gambling?
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2016, 08:38:30 PM »
   I have always gambled. At the start of WW2 all the men in my family "Joined Up". The women and children moved in with my Grandmother. a household that consisted of my great grandmother, my grandmother, my mother, a couple of aunts, a teenaged uncle and several assorted children. Our idea of fun was gambling nights. The stakes were high ! we played for matches, 4 a penny for the adults and 10 a penny for the children. We risked our pocket money ! But with no sweets or icecream what were we going to spend it on ??
     The favoured game was Pontoon(blackjack). I could handle a pontoon bank before I started school. I learned of roulette at my Great grandmother's knee. From tales she told of her adventurer husband. He had run away to sea at 15 and spent more than 35 years in the China seas. Swopping Opium for tea.  When he was "beached" by a falling spar. He found that his family disowned him and paid him a "remittance"(pension) to stay out of sight. He bought a cottage on the south coast and married a local girl 1/3rd of his age. Like many "remittance men" he used the casinos in France to enhance his pension. Using a system they made famous, known as the "Kitchen martingale".
       I confirmed my interest with books on Monte Carlo from the library, and have been an addict since I was 8 !

     Harry
 
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Re: what made you start gambling?
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2016, 09:28:46 PM »
What is a "falling spar"?

Awesome story btw! :D
 

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Re: what made you start gambling?
« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2016, 02:36:14 PM »
What is a "falling spar"?

Awesome story btw! :D

    A spar is a thick pole that holds up the sails.  My grandfather was racing up the Channel in a full gale. With all sails set. A common situation for clippers racing home with the first of the yearly crop.

     Apart from running Opium into China he probably did a little piracy ! He would have certainly fought pirates in the China seas during the 1840's and '50's.  Few people realise that Britain fought a couple of wars to force the Chinese to accept the addiction of their populace. Culminating in the annexation of Hong Kong which served to stabilise the trade.

     The Chinese demanded "Cash"(silver) for their tea. As there wasn't enough silver in Europe to satisfy the demand for tea. The traders sold Opium to one Mandarin for "cash", and bought tea with the "cash" from another.  The race home with the crop only started after Hong Kong was established. After that the import and export of opium and tea was largely done through that port.

     Harry
 
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