Thursday, February 16, 2006

Casino Night

So last night Mark and I went to the Chinook Winds Casino. It was the first time I had ever been to a casino to gamble. We wandered around for a little bit, checking out what they had. I cant remember the names, but they had the one with the wheel, the one with the squares all over the board, some sort of three card poker, one that I had never heard of that had a girl's name in the title..and black jack. Thats what we played. Ive played black jack before, but always in my parents house with family and no money. This time my money was on it, so I wanted to know more before we started betting. So we watched for a little bit, Mark explained some basics of how it works in a casino, how betting and insurance works and the like. Then we sat down and he played for a while, and I watched. Finally I got to the point where I felt I could play. I gave the dealer my $20 and she gave me 4 plastic chips in return. It was a lot of fun actually. The hardest part for me was that they go so fast, and if anyone knows me at all, they know that math is not my strongest subject...and thats an understatement. I had a hard time adding the cards up as they came out, especially if there were 4 or 5 low cards. A couple of people came and sat and played with us for a while, and we just kept on. Chatted with the dealer, who was romanian. Then they switched, and a guy from Coos Bay was dealing for the end. He was a little chattier than the first dealer. That was hard for me too, cause I love to chat with people, but there was no way that I could chat with the dealer and add up my cards. I felt bad for not being able to chat too...how silly. Anyway, abou 10-15 min later Mark and I cashed out, I had more than doubled my money, and I think he almost tripled his!! It was fun though. We sat and people watched and talked for a little bit before heading back to good 'ol Corvallis. It was so beautiful along the coast, I REALLY wanted to go to the beach while we were there, but it was soooo cold, got down to 21 on the drive home.
Oh yeah, while were sitting at the table, we heard a guy talk to the dealer at the table next to us, and we both recognized the voice and turned to look to see who it was, and sure enough, it was a Ruby Tuesday manager from McMinville who has been coming down to Corvallis to manage lately (cause we are short managers), pretty random seeing him.