Today after lunch I stopped at this little bar thingy in The Rio, at a video poker machine.
Just to have something to do before the afternoon sessions started.
I'd already used up all my luck the other day, so I figured that I'd lose my $20 daily allocation pretty quickly.
I was playing 3-play deuces wild, a five quarter bet on each hand. If you've never played 3-play before (I hadn't) what is does is it deals you five cards like normal, but your hold cards get duplicated to two other hands. Then you draw for all three hands. It's kinda cool.
So I was about $10 into my $20, and the thing dealt me four deuces. Before the draw, not that that matters. You can't improve on four deuces.
So I won 1000 quarters. $250.
I hit the hold button for the four deuces and watched them duplicate for the other two hands. Then I hit the draw button because you still have to do that.
Well the machine didn't pick that moment to malfunction, to my mild surprise.
I won $750.
Well that was my first thought.
My seconds thought was, fuck!
See, if I'd been a man instead of a mouse, I'd have been playing dollar bets instead of quarter bets. If I'd been a man instead of a mouse, I'd have won $3,000.
That machine also offered 5-play and 10-play modes.
So, if I'd been a man instead of a mouse, and if I'd been a man with big giant barbed-wire balls instead of a regular man, I'd have been playing dollar bets in 10-play mode.
I'd have won $10,000.
Like I said, fuck!
I don't expect much pity here.