Welcome to Between two debts! In this segment, I’ll ask a question every week and answers I receive will find their way here.
Tell me a funny story about something that involved money/finance.
Funniest thing didn’t happen to me, happened to my soon to be brother-in-law. We were walking around Greece, the island of Corfu. He looks at the ground and sees a 100 Euro bill. Picks it up and asks if anyone lost it. Nobody did, so he kept it. Then took it to the casino on the cruise ship, and he started playing Black Jack. He ended up winning and losing money as usual. Then he switched to Poker and pretty much lost it all immediately, save a few bucks. He leaves and hits the casino later in the cruise. Ends up building back to his $100 position. So he got several hours of entertainment and won $100 Euros for free. 10/10 would recommend. Bonus story, my soon to be father-in-law started playing Black Jack with his son. Went from $100 to $50 in a matter of minutes. My fiancee wanted to play so she went in with $50. Ended up hitting $110 almost immediately and got out, netting her father a $10 profit.
@FIRE_By_35 :Upgraded my phone plan, extra 30 a month to play PokemonGO … funny? Probably not, embarrassing though :p
Me: LOL. I think it’s funny.
@FIRE_By_35 :It’s a contract too, stuck with it for another year.
Little short on answers this week so I decided to post one of my own.
The year was 2007. I was doing my culinary school internship in Mississippi, not far from Tunica. So as you can probably imagine, I found myself in Tunica a few times.
On this day I was playing 4-8 pot limit hold’em. I was riding a Queen high flush, staring down a 90 year old man wearing an oxygen tank. He had a look in his eye. A fiery, kind of glowing, almost intimidating glint. It would have definitely been intimidating if he hadn’t been a shaky hand having, oxygen mask wearing old timer.
It should have shaken me to my core. But I was fearless. Young, strong, and determined. I would not bullied. This was my table.
We ended up having most of our money in the middle of the table by the time the river flipped, not that it mattered at that point. “Everything I’ve got left” I said. It felt like an eternity, those few seconds where he reached for his mask. I barely heard him say “I call”.
I triumphantly flipped over my Queen of Diamonds. And in a move that was too fast for me to see, he flipped over his Ace of Diamonds. I took a deep breath and though fuuuuhhhhhcccckkkkk.
Like a gentleman, I said “Nice hand.” I stood up from the table and left the casino for the day. I hadn’t been hustled. He had the best hand and he knew my arrogance was my weakness. He took advantage, which is what a great poker player does. The guy had probably been playing the game for 50 years and had dusted off a thousand punks like me.
So good for him. I can only hope to live as long as he had and still have that sharp of a mind. I learned some lessons that day:
- Getting cocky at the poker table wasn’t going to get me any wins.
- Never judge a book by its cover.
- I could learn just as much from losing as I could from winning.
That’s all for this week. Next week, there will be a new question and (hopefully) some fresh answers. Thanks for reading!