By Richard Roeper
Over 30 days in early 2009, Richard Roeper risked greater than a quarter-million funds on essentially each approach to playing at the moment on hand in the US. wager the home chronicles his wild trip. stick with Roeper as he travels from celebrity-filled Vegas tournaments to podunk puppy races, negotiates unlawful activities bets with shadowy bookies, trolls overseas-based web gaming websites, wagers opposed to a radio comic, haunts blackjack tables, and flips cash at a bar. because the wins and losses mount, you’ll proportion his suspense over that subsequent large guess, the person who may, simply could, get him again to black by way of the top of his odyssey. Bet the home additionally explores: • What it’s wish to guess cash you don’t have, figuring out that if you happen to lose, you’re in a few critical trouble.• The worst referee’s selection within the NFL within the final decade, and the way it fee the writer millions of dollars.• The time Roeper received greater than $20,000 on a unmarried horse race. • Why the slots are this type of undesirable play, why Roeper hates baccarat, and why country lotteries are worse than any numbers online game run via the mob.• the ten top playing videos of all time. The actual nationwide hobby isn’t baseball or soccer or basketball. It’s gambling--on fable soccer, March insanity, poker, slots, the lottery, keno, church raffles, bingo, and extra. wager the home recounts with humor and delight the final word thrill trip of 1 American gambler.
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Extra info for Bet the House: How I Gambled Over a Grand a Day for 30 Days on Sports, Poker, and Games of Chance
Hand #6: I get a 20. Dealer busts. Three in a row in my favor! Hand #7: I have a 19 and the dealer shows 9-7 for an ugly 16. But he draws a 5 again, giving him 21. Again. Hand #8: Dealer shows a Q. I hit a crappy hand and bust. Hand #9: Dealer gets blackjack. Hand #10: I get blackjack. So does the dealer. Hand #11: Dealer busts. Hand #12: Dealer busts. Hand #13: Dealer busts. Hand #14: I have 20. Dealer shows 21. Hand #15: I have 19. Dealer has a total of 4. Hits once and gets a Queen. Hits again and gets a 6 for a total of 20.
The computerprogrammed monitors placed throughout the poker room reflect each new entry with an uptick in the amount of prize money available. This is the thing about a poker tournament, as opposed to a golf championship or a tennis open: the players have to cough up their own entry fees. That’s why the prize pool for the Main Event of the World Series of Poker is bigger than those of the Indy 500, the Masters, Wimbledon, and the Kentucky Derby put together. You get eight or nine thousand participants each coughing up a $10,000 entry fee, and the payouts are enormous.
UCLA wins 65–64, meaning they advance to the next round but they’re a loser for me, as I was giving away 8½. Ten minutes into the Illinois–Western Kentucky game, as the Illini brick shot after shot, I know that one’s a dead bet. Not only do they fail to cover the spread, they lose the game outright. My parlays are dead. The only late bright spot is the final score of the Duke-Binghamton game: Duke wins 86–62. I was getting 25 points and as it turns out, I needed every one of them. The boys from Day 1 29 Binghamton covered.
Bet the House: How I Gambled Over a Grand a Day for 30 Days on Sports, Poker, and Games of Chance by Richard Roeper