Perhaps I was a bit foolish in my dismissing of superstitions as complete nonsense. I started my Vegas vacation the day after 7-7-7 not because I had something to prove but because that was simply how the cards were dealt (pardon the pun) when the vacation was planned.
But as a result of going to Vegas a day later we flew back on Friday the 13th instead of the 12th. We took off shortly before midnight and sometime after crossing the central time zone Friday morning the left wing of the plan was struck by lightning and we were thrown into a brief moment of chaotic turbulence. Will that event make me a little paraskavedekatriaphobic around this time next year? We’ll just have to see.
Here’s a little breakdown of my net gain/loss at the Blackjack tables on the strip:
Sunday – O’Shea’s Casino: -$200
Monday – O’Shea’s Casino: -$150
(At this point I wasn’t having a lot of fun at O’Shea’s, but I really like the place. It boasts all-day $5 Blackjack; nearly impossible to find on the strip – and it’s a lot less formal than the casinos inside the prestigious hotels. The lead singer of Motley Crue opened up a tattoo parlor inside and the casino has the world record for the most people participating in a toast.)
Tuesday – Paris Hotel and Casino: +$150; Excalibur Hotel and Casino: +$450
Wednesday – Caesar’s Palace Hotel and Casino: -$300
Thursday – O’Shea’s Casino: +$800
Not too bad considering my vacation turned out to be free. Of course, as successful as I was, my modest winnings were dwarfed by the fellow I met at the 2007 World Series of Poker at the Rio who won over $300,000.