When I was planning my getaway from my rigid job I brainstormed ways of supplementing unemployment. One idea was to start a webcam show for old men who would pay to see me do things while showing my hairless chest. Another idea was to gamble with money.
There’s online porn, online shopping, online anything that can be done online including online gambling. The casino was never far away but being around professional degenerate gamblers just wasn’t my thing. The world continues to innovate new methods of taking embarrassment out of the picture by allowing you to disgrace yourself in the privacy of your own home while including the conventional familiar environment.
The online casino allows you to pick through a variety of games hosted by live humans in real time. The Eastern European dealers will introduce you and answer your typed questions even your silly ones.
My plan was to win small amounts every day using a variation of the martingale theory. If you lose a hand you double up and keep doing so until you win which will give you a return of your original bet. It sounded easy enough but there had to be a catch.
Bet $5 and lose
Bet $10 and lose
Bet $20 and lose
Bet $40 and lose
Bet $80 and lose
Bet $160 and lose
Bet $320 and lose
Bet $640 and lose
Eventually, if you have enough money you will win since putting it on red or black gives you about a 48% chance of winning. The casinos in my area have a $500 bet limit though to greatly limit your chances of winning. My example was only going to score you $5 if successful. Double or triple your intended reward and you can find yourself in a heap of shit fairly quickly. Not a lot of people are going to go through so much trouble to win $5.
The online room in the picture above shows a maximum bet of $40,000 so if you wanted to win $5 for every war then it would seem very doable. The thing is how many times can one possible lose consecutively? I’m not sure but I’ve seen 14 but I think that’s fairly rare.
Bet $1280 and lose
Bet $2560 and lose
Bet $5120 and lose
Bet $10,240 and lose
Bet $20,480 and lose
Bet $40,960…..nope, maxed out.
Once you hit 13 losses in a row you’re screwed. All that for the hope of winning $5. You probably can’t even replenish the calories you wasted with that $5. You would have to go home and tell your wife or your dog that you lost $20,480 because you were trying to win $5.
Okay, but there’s a display that shows you which colours have come out in the previous games. If you wait for one colour to come out 7 or 8 times in a row then your chances of winning with the martingale theory should be better. They call that kind of thinking gambler’s fallacy because the roulette ball does not discriminate which colour it landed on in previous games. Every new game gives the same probability. It makes sense but if you flip a coin enough times it’s not going to keep landing only heads.
What I propose might be true but no one is going to wait for the roulette ball to land on red or black 10 times in a row before they start betting. You could be standing/sitting there all day just to hopefully make $5 or $10. I suppose I could just have the game running and check in on it every 15 minutes to see how it’s going. That too is a hassle. I can make it worth my while by betting more but that could get me in a world of shit really fast. You might win most of the time but the day that you don’t it will wipe out all of your winnings and more. You might be better off delivering newspapers. There’s no quick buck without risk or embarrassment.