Gambling Legends – True Stories And Amazing Facts
By: “Vegas Vic” – Victor H Royer
I am now writing my new book: “Gambling Legends – True Stories and Amazing Facts.” It will be finished soon, and ready for release shortly.
As I am going through the many incredible – and true – stories of these legendary gamblers, and their exploits – including some of my own – I thought that I’d share a story with you here, which happened in Atlantic City about 30 years ago.
Now you may ask: “Why a story from so long ago, and what does that have to do with the world of today?”
You see, this story is all about fear – and how a misconception and a mischaracterization – can lead to embarrassment, and, in the end, to a better understanding of life, human nature, and the world of gambling.
Today, as the USA struggles with legalizing Sports Gambling, and Online Gambling, and as other countries undergo changes in their various regulatory environments, many players – particularly players of online casinos – can sometimes experience fear … fear of the games, or their legitimacy, or just plainly an uncertainty of where to play, how, and which casino to choose. I’ve been asked these questions myself, particularly as they apply to UK Casinos, where there have been recent changes in licensing online games and casinos.
So, the point of this story – which is a fabulous example of great legends – and of life in general – is to show that even the most dire of initial impressions can lead to great success, happiness, and a better understanding of gambling, and of people. So – here’s the story, which I call:
The Amazing Men in Black
On a weekend trip to Atlantic City a long time ago now, a woman won a bucket full of quarters at a slot machine. She took a break from the slots for dinner with her husband, in the hotel dining room. But first she wanted to stash the quarters in her room.
“I’ll be right back and then we’ll go eat,” she told her husband, as she carried the coin-laden bucket to the elevator. As she was about to walk into the elevator she noticed two men already aboard. Both were black.
One of them was big … very big … and a very intimidating figure. The other was shorter, but looked mean. The woman froze. Her first thought was: These two are going to rob me. Her next thought was: Don’t be a bigot, they look like perfectly nice gentlemen. But racial stereotypes are powerful, and fear immobilized her.
She stood and stared at the two men. She felt anxious, flustered, ashamed. She hoped they didn’t read her mind, but knew they surely did; her hesitation about joining them on the elevator was all too obvious. Her face was flushed. She couldn’t just stand there, so with a mighty effort of will she picked up one foot and stepped forward and followed with the other foot and was on the elevator. Avoiding eye contact, she turned around stiffly and faced the elevator doors as they closed.
A second passed, and then another second, and then another. Her fear increased! The elevator didn’t move. Panic consumed her. My God, she thought, I’m trapped and about to be robbed! Her heart pounded. Perspiration poured from every pore.
Then one of the men said: “Hit the floor.”
Instinct told her: Do what they tell you.
The bucket of quarters flew upwards as she threw out her arms and collapsed on the elevator carpet. A shower of coins rained down on her. Take my money and spare me, she prayed. More seconds passed. She heard one of the men say politely: “Ma’am, if you’ll just tell us what floor you’re going to, we’ll push the button.”
The one who said it had a little trouble getting the words out. He was trying mightily hard to hold in a belly laugh. She lifted her head and looked up at the two men. They reached down to help her up. Confused, she struggled to her feet.
“When I told my man here to hit the floor,” said the smaller one, “I meant that he should hit the elevator button for our floor. I didn’t mean for you to hit the floor, ma’am.” He spoke genially.
He bit his lip. It was obvious he was having a hard time not laughing. She thought: My God, what a spectacle I’ve made of myself. She was too humiliated to speak. She wanted to blurt out an apology, but words failed her. How do you apologize to two perfectly respectable gentlemen for behaving as though they were going to rob you? She didn’t know what to say. The three of them gathered up the strewn quarters and refilled her bucket.
When the elevator arrived at her floor, they insisted on walking her to her room. She seemed a little unsteady on her feet, and they were afraid she might not make it down the corridor. At her door they politely bid her a good evening. As she slipped into her room she could hear them roaring with laughter while they walked back to the elevator. The woman then brushed herself off, and tried to relax. Eventually she pulled herself together, and went downstairs for dinner with her husband.
The next morning flowers were delivered to her room – a dozen roses.
Attached to EACH rose was a crisp one hundred dollar bill.
The card said: “Thanks for the best laugh we’ve had in years.”
It was signed, Eddie Murphy and Michael Jordan.
So – you see? You get the point? Misperceptions, and misidentifications, and generally irrational fear can consume even the most ardently honest and good people in this world. And when understood, and appreciated – later – such events can not only improve ones own outlook on life, but also become quite profitable. Like those 12 – $100 bills pinned to each of the roses!
And so – in case you’d like to enjoy the world of online casinos games – and would like to find new casinos where to play, don’t be afraid! Life is not about fear – it’s about the adventure of overcoming it. And the prejudices, be they personal, political, or legislative. We’re all together, in that same elevator. We may be going to different floors, for different reasons, but we’re all there, together, for the same ride. So let’s enjoy it, and play happily and without fear.
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So, until next time, this is Vegas Vic saying – See you in the Casino, and Best of Luck!