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Virtual Gambling

Virtual Gambling

Date: Nov 02 2007

Themes: Hobbies, Pop Culture


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In the United States, only a few states allow casinos. For those unfortunate enough not to live in a place where you can sit down at a black jack table with a real dealer, there is video poker and online gambling.

Video poker machines are usually found in bars and they sort of look like video games. You insert money and play against a computer.

Beren likes to play video poker, but Marni is about to introduce her to the exciting world of online gambling.


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Marni:  Do you like to gamble?

Beren:  I love gambling.

Marni:  Really?

Beren:  Yeah. Totally. I’m really into video poker.

Marni:  Oh, okay. Yeah, we’re big on video poker here in Oregon. I don’t like it. Like, I lose five dollars and I freak out. I hate it.

Beren:  I think overall I’m definitely up a couple hundred bucks, but I have lost some money too.

Marni:  You gotta be prepared, I think, to lose. I have a friend who actually pays her rent by playing poker online.

Beren:  No way.

Marni:  She is that good.

Beren:  No way.

Marni:  Yeah, I have to admire her skill.

Beren:  So she plays video poker online…

Marni:  Actual poker, actual poker game. There’s poker games you can get in on online.

Beren:  Are there cards or…

Marni:  There’s cards. It’s all virtual. It’s fascinating.

Beren:  Like, what’s the buy-in for this?

Marni:  Sometimes it’s $3, sometimes it’s $500, you know, depending on how high stakes you want to play.

Beren:  And she pays her rent that way?

Marni:  She does.

Beren:  What does she do for a day job? Or is that like her sole source of income?

Marni:  Right now, it’s basically her sole source of income. She’s trying to get some things going, but yeah.

Beren:  Do you have the web address for the main site she uses?

Marni:  I don’t, but I’ll find out for you.

Beren:  Excellent. Thank you.



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Video poker is really popular in Oregon since casinos aren’t allowed most places in the state. Marni doesn’t like video poker because she always loses a little bit of money. Beren loves video poker and guesses that she’s won $100 so far. It’s funny how winning at gambling makes you like it more.

But Marni has a friend who has won much more than $100 playing poker against other people online. Her friend actually makes all of her money playing virtual poker!

Beren is amazed and can’t wait to try playing poker online. Marni is going to give her the web address her friend uses to make all of her money.



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People! Poker is an intellectual game! Not gambling! Cool

08:22 AM Nov 12 2011 |




I don't play gambling games because I still lose my money, but I know people who lose very much money gambling and they must sell they homes its really sad.

05:14 PM Dec 26 2008 |



Viet Nam

i dont like gambling..To be honest, i even dont know how to play cards.

Why people think they could earn money by gambling why they actually lose more than gain?

12:46 PM Nov 15 2008 |



    I like gambling.It not only can enjoy ourselves sometimes,but also it can train our mind.It is an interesting thing when we are boring.Ofcourse,we had better not be absorbed in it.   

02:06 AM Jun 17 2008 |


Congo, Democratic Republic Of The

Casino it’s allowed in my country but I don’t like it. I can’t accept to lose my money in just in playing.

09:27 AM May 16 2008 |



Palestinian Territory, Occupied

i dont like any way gambling and i well note play

06:22 PM Mar 20 2008 |



You can love gambling ,but you can’t addict to it!

02:32 PM Mar 20 2008 |



I dont like gambling, I supopse it can be lose family and friends. it's my real opinion. but i have had watched DVD moive about  casino  from las vegas. that's real luxurious local, Actually I like the place. that's it.

12:18 AM Dec 11 2007 |



well i think u have lost out on some point gambling is fun c'mon people this is the world….hahah

12:21 PM Nov 14 2007 |



yeah, especilly us males we loose lot’s of money.Buut then gals how do you come in hahaha…....

12:19 PM Nov 14 2007 |



  Hi where are u chating from?

12:32 PM Nov 10 2007 |

amanda s

amanda s


I hate gambling,  I had break up with my ex-bf since he is addicted into gambling, he hurts me a lot.

11:52 PM Nov 08 2007 |

amanda s

amanda s


I hate gameble,  I was

11:48 PM Nov 08 2007 |




I just like playing poker with my friend.When I was a student in colledge,I like it but we didn't consider it as gambling.

Gambling is forbiden in china,but we can also find it everywhere.Not only the casino but also their house.

I hate gambling as it may cause many social issue.

03:43 PM Nov 08 2007 |



i like it because it is worth it interms of gattin' free cash….hahaha

11:48 AM Nov 08 2007 |

sun light

sun light


I think this game make you waful becase you will lose your money,your  feeling so why you do that.If you have money help this world Idont mean all people the poor people make him happy drow smile on his face .

09:40 AM Nov 08 2007 |

yang yang xu


I like gambling too, and I also play video games with pokers. I can have fun without losing money. However, I disagree that gambling can make money. Every people know that the more you gamble, the more you lose. Gambling is banned in China, but it is permitted in Macao. I have been there several times, and I saw a lot people are immersed in gambling. After they lost their money, they started to borrow dear money. It’s terrible. I hope people can know that gambling is only a recreational game.

05:40 AM Nov 08 2007 |



Moldova, Republic Of

Gambling is not for me.

When you don't know what to do with your money then gamble it. All those casinos exist because they have income, what means people loose more than win. Are you ready to take that risk? Me not :) 

03:36 AM Nov 08 2007 |




what game is it? Innocent

09:30 PM Nov 07 2007 |


Åland Islands

I hate gambling, just wast time and energy, not only lose


02:09 PM Nov 07 2007 |

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