The village was called Vagliagli, which apparently means ‘wild garlic’. Vagliagli is an ancient thirteenth century village lying about 500 meters above sea level and smack in the Chianti area of Italy. Every year, in September, the inhabitants of Vagliagli organize the Festival of the Grape in order to celebrate the grape harvest. What I discovered is that nothing goes with online gambling like Chianti especially if you drink a lot of it. So I did and it made for a pretty good gambling win as well.
Our hostelry runs a gourmet kitchen and every evening we were treated to an outstanding meal, accompanied, of course by a bottle of the house wine which is produced on the premises. The grape harvest was over by time we arrived and the leaves on the vines had already started turning yellow. We drank wines from last year and the previous year’s stock in the huge cellar. After dinner, a couple of glasses of grappa to activate the digestive systems and then it was off to the lounge for a few hours of roulette, accompanied of course, by regular glasses of wine to keep thirst at bay.
It was at such a session that I hit it big at the roulette wheel. I was feeling rather hazy from all the wine and I set myself a limit by putting $300 in my pocket. I decided that when that was gone I would leave the table and go to bed. I was playing with $5 chips and after an hour or so and another couple of big glasses of Chianti I was running about level. Online gambling is quite unpredictable, so when a single number bet came up I wasn’t surprised. I let the $175 win ride and played an extra chip on the black.
Quite unbelievably the big bet won again, bringing me a cool $6,125 in winnings. For someone who came to this charming village in Tuscany to do a spot of painting in the hills, eat the great food and drink the wine, I felt I had done pretty well. I cashed in, dropped a handful of dollars on the table as a tip, and went home to bed feeling highly satisfied.
Posted on: January 17, 2009