posted on Sep, 23 2009 @ 10:22 AM
THE GRAND CASINO DE MONACO
In 2005, I won a holiday to Monaco, courtesy of lastminute.com online casino. I was awarded approximately £1,000 of treats - a flight on British
Airways with free booze to Nice - free return ticket helicopter transfer (just me and the pilot in the helicopter) from Nice to Monaco (Just upon
liftoff, for just a second, I felt like the richest man in the world, and it was an amazing feeling!)
I was given accomodation in the 4 star hotel, the Meridian, costing over 200 euros per night, and I was also given £250 spending money. I was very
short of money at the time, I was relying on the £250 spending money, and unfortunately I had to wait a day before the cheque cleared, and before I
could withdraw it from a Monaco cash machine.
The cheque cleared, and I hit the Monaco casinos. I went to the first casino that I could find, and quickly encountered a losing streak - I played
the machines, and played for a little while on the real roulette wheels, and, after a couple of hours, I had got down to my last 5 euros.
So there I was, in the place renounded for its riches, and it's billionaire residents such as Sir Phillip Green, and I had just 5 euros to my
So I went to another casino, and decided to play my "system" and only take big risks where necessary (I would have to take risks because I was down
to my last 5 euros!)
I placed 5 euros into the roulette machine, all bet on second dozen, pulled the lever, and second dozen came in, and I emptied the 15 euros from the
machine. I then went to another machine, and put in the 15 euros which I had just won, on an even chances, placed a few further bets, and emptied
the machine of approximately 50 euros.
I then took the 50 euros and exchanged it for tokens for the electronic terminals which surrounded a glass-domed roulette wheel in the centre, and I
placed my bets for about half an hour, now on a real winning streak (having started with 5 euros)
I successfully bet my way up to a balance of 175 euros, and according to my system there was a strong case for placing a "Red" bet. So I placed
something like a 30 euro bet, and then a reasoned compulsion occupied my mind - I thought 175 euros is not a great deal to have to spend in Monaco
with the prices being what they were - I would have to risk it. So I bet the lot, 175 on Red, and, it came in... I now had 350 euros.
I was feeling much happier by now, went to a bar to have a cup of coffee, and then decided it was time.. I was going to visit the Grand Casino de
Monaco. The other casinos had been free entry, but the Grand Casino had an admission charge of something like 5 euros. I gladly payed, walked
through opulent corriders, and through impressive doors, which had the air of enormous riches, and entered the casino gaming hall.
I went straight to one of the roulette wheels, and sat down in one of the seats. I noticed that the croupier and the assistants etc. were all very
very smart, they were in suits, ties etc.. It truly was like something out of a James Bond movie.
I purchased chips with my 350 euros, and begun to play. I was betting between 30 euros and 100 euros each bet. One player gave me a slightly funny
look, and someone else mumbled something about the fact that I was being allowed to play such low stakes on a "high roller's table". I apologised
and said I could go if they wish, but the 'pit boss' said no it's absolutely fine, and then all the players accepted me. I thought the bets being
placed all around me, every two or three minutes or so, was absolutely vast. A typical bet would be 2,000 euros on a colour, or a plastering of chips
all over the table, for example 100 euros on 20 different numbers. By this stage, I had successfully gambled up to about 750 euros (having earlier in
the day been down to 5!)
Then, a new player emerged - he was playing two tables simultaneously. He placed 10,000 euros on one of the 'dozen' bets, and seconds later, he
placed another 10,000 euros on a dozen bet on the other table. The "dozen" bet pays 2-1 if won, so in this case if both tables had "come in" for
him, he would have received 60,000 euros for those bets.
He certainly didn't seem to be doing that well poor chap. Every 2/3 minutes, he would place another 10,000 euros on one of the dozens, and many of
the bets I saw he was losing.
By this stage, I had noticed that players were at times leaving their seats, and wandering off to a room at the right. I had a look in this room, and
there was the most delicious and inviting food on offer that I had ever seen in my life. The dining room was serving free dinners, a delicious
selection of foods were available. There was free fine, free desserts, strawberries, venison, roast this and that.. truly fine foods, beautifully
prepared and cooked, the finest foods you could imagine. I enquired and was told if I was a player, I too could be given such a free meal (which
elsewhere might have cost a lot).
So I enquired to the casino staff whether they could kindly let me have the complimentary banquet. The person went up to the casino manager and
asked, and the casino manager took quite a while to decide, and then he said yes.
I continued to bet, and by this stage had accumulated approximately 1,150 euros. There, I thought, that's brilliant, I clawed back my earlier
losses, and I've got more, and what's more, I thought, my system's working!
I was on a real high, and the offer of free food and wine was irresistible. I sat myself down, and a waiter came up to the table, and said I could
have anything I liked, what would I like. I asked for a bottle of Red wine, and the food itself I cannot quite remember what I had, but it was a
lovely meal I can assure you! During my meal, one person came up to me, and said he was a millionaire, but was very sorry he had just lost some
money, would I help him with 25 euros so he could get home etc? I said yes, and helped him out. I thanked one member of staff after the meal saying
it was probably the best meal I had ever had in my life.
But by now, I was drunk.
I had drunk the whole bottle of wine, except for the glass I had given to the unlucky punter who had come up to me.
I returned to the table where I had been betting earlier, sat down again, and resumed play.
The story continues tommorow... How I sat next to a Monaco man who won 250,000 euros in 15 minutes.
[edit on 23-9-2009 by TheDailyPlanet]