BYO in this invitation meant bring your own laptop and bottle. We supplied the venue and the eats. We cleared most of the furniture from our huge family room, got a fire going in the big fireplace and scatted cushions and rugs over the floor. It was a brutally cold night, pushing minus 12 degrees Celsius and falling when the guests began arriving at 9 in the evening. We advised them to take off all their extra-warm clothing as the room was already well-heated. “It’s time for online gambling, everyone! Stoke up your laptops!” Computers appeared and were switched on and the betting started.
In no time at all ten different online casinos were on the screens and ten different games started up. I joined a game of Texas Hold’em poker, anted up with a $5 chip and was dealt a 4 and a 7 in the first hand. I folded and sat back to watch the action. Soon there were only two players facing each other. Susan from my wife’s tennis club and Jack, a guy from down the street, were battling it out. They bet on the flop, raised on the turn and were waiting on the dealer for the river. Jack went all in, pushing his pile of chips across the table. Susan blushed red said she couldn’t match his bet with chips. Jack told her to keep playing and when the river came down Jack showed a pair of aces and pointed to another ace lying on the table. We never found out what Susan lost.
I walked over to another knot of people sitting on the rug playing craps, the usual noisy yelling game. My neighbor Barbara was the shooter and seemed to be doing a great job. A couple of the guy had huge piles of chips in front of them. “Great idea, this online gambling evening!” someone shouted to me. “We must do this every year!”
The best news of the evening came from Jill, my wife. She got involved with a small handheld computer that someone brought in, logged into an online casino and won a $22,000 progressive jackpot playing on a slot machine. That made it the best party ever!
Posted on: January 20, 2009