Whether it be something complicated like the games you may find in a casino to something more mundane as “betcha can’t eat just one Lay’s potato chip”, challenging others in feats of skill adds a bit of fun to almost everything.
The other day, Web Watch was chatting with friends who were about to embark on their very first weekend trip to Las Vegas.
Being recently out of college, they were concerned that they wouldn’t have enough money to have a decent hotel room, food other than a $0.99 foot-long hot dog, some gambling, some clubbing, taxis… well, you get the drift.
One of the questions they asked us was for recommendations on saving a little bit of money – but not to go all crazy. After all, this is VEGAS we’re talking about, and they really wanted to live it up BIG on whatever money they could afford to spend.
Have you ever played a game with friends – any game, really – where your friends took a ridiculously long time to make their move?
No wonder nobody likes to play Monopoly anymore – if you played by the official rules, the game would be over in an hour. Web Watch witnessed a Bunko night where the “lead table” decided to stop rolling dice and have a conversation — the other three tables revolted and demanded that the round end after 10 minutes had passed.
Who doesn’t love a good escapist vacation to Las Vegas?
Granted, it all depends on whether you can appreciate everything that Las Vegas has to offer, whether it be the gambling, the sun, the food, the celebrity sightings, the nightclubs, or the random hook-ups with complete strangers resulting in waking up in a bathtub with a note about how your kidney was stolen and sold on Craigslist.
Some people enjoy heading out to Las Vegas or their local casino area, partaking in some fine dining, a show or two, and maybe take a chance at the tables or slot machines. For some, that gambling portion of their trip can be an exciting time (check out any craps table around 11pm) or something a bit more depressing (any keno lounge at 3am).
The reasons that people enjoy gambling run almost hand in hand with the reasons that others absolutely despise gambling. To the latter group, the issue is often “why bother throwing money away? Nobody ever wins.”
And for the most part, they’re right. Casinos exist solely because the “house always wins”. If they didn’t, then casinos wouldn’t exist at all. Gambling is a business, and if a business can’t make a profit somewhere along the line, it would cease to exist.
The more things change, the more things stay the same.
That’s the case with the annual McDONALD’S MONOPOLY GAME, where hungry people all over attempt to collect a set of deed cards to fill out their Monopoly game board in an attempt to win thousands of dollars worth of prizes.
It’s almost football season here at Web Watch, and you know what that means — it’s time to get your FANTASY FOOTBALL TEAM NAME together, and start gathering the troops for another exciting season of Fantasy Sports.
Whether your passion is Fantasy Football, Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Soccer, or some other pretend league, your spouse is likely asking the same question: with all the time you’re spending on this stupid hobby, why don’t you try doing something that can, you know, MAKE SOME MONEY?
Back in the day (and it’s always “back in the day” with these types of stories, isn’t it?), Web Watch would be known to partake in a drinking game or two amongst friends.
Why? Mainly because the games themselves were kinda fun. A bit stupid, perhaps, but always a fun challenge. Drinking was merely secondary to the activity, as one never needs a “game” of any sort to take a drink whenever one would like.
The key, of course, is to know when to say when and back out of the activity. Drinking too much because of some stupid game rule is never a good idea for anyone.
It’s well known that the NFL and the NCAA both frown upon the large amount of office pool sports betting that goes on during their major events: the Super Bowl and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament aka March Madness.
Add to the mix that the high stakes, unregulated dollars are being done mostly in an illegal fashion (that is, sports betting run by individuals may be illegal where you live), you can see why those organizations and local governments may be a bit concerned about the situation.
So we hear that you may have bought a lottery ticket or two recently, hoping to maybe win big.
Hey – it could happen. It only takes one set of numbers to win, right? And somebody’s going to win the lottery eventually – it can’t keep growing forever without a winner, as that would end up decreasing sales if customers ever figured out that nobody ever wins.
That’s why we still bother to try, because while the chances of winning the lottery drawing are practically nil, it’s still a one in millions chance of hitting… and that’s better odds than not bothering to buy a ticket in the first place.