At the casino, you play next to introverts, extroverts and everyone in between. My story today is probably familiar to those of you who are gambling introverts. It’s not that we are unfriendly, it’s about visiting the casino for the solitude, the me time, just me and the machine.
When I’m at the craps table, I’m more out-going. After all, it IS the party at the craps table.
But when I’m at my machine, don’t assume I’m your long-lost friend, and don’t assume I’m unfriendly if I don’t want to chat with you.
Sunday, taking advantage of Triple Status points at Mohegan Sun, I was playing $1 video poker. I was minding my own business, concentrating on the game. That’s my usual way to play slots and VP. I don’t initiate contact with others – I respect others and don’t impose. I may mention to a player that they may need to reinsert their players card. (I hate to see players lose points on their cards).
As I am playing, some guy sits two seats down with no one in between us. As I continue to play, he yells at me, “hey, what should I play?”
I didn’t realize he was talking to me.
“Hey, you, look at this”
“Hey, stop ignoring me, you ignoring me?”
Now he is screaming.
I look over. He has four to the Royal, with a made flush. Really, he doesn’t know this play?
So, I say, “Royal.”
He hits the deal button – no Royal, no flush.
Unhappily, he remarks, “never happens, (I ignore and continue to play) “what’s the matter you don’t like friendly people?”
I reply, “I don’t visit here to tutor players who don’t know the game.”
Now, he just gets ugly. “I make more money than you’ll ever see. What you have against being friendly?”
(I think to myself) Yes, sir it’s my fault that your imposition upon my solitude is MY fault.
I get up and leave, with him barking at me, still telling me and half the casino how he is such a better gambler than me. I didn’t know being an overbearing fool decreases the House edge.
The moral of the story, don’t be that guy. Some gamblers are introverts some are extroverts. And some are just imposing bullies.
Don’t be THAT guy.