I went to a Casino once, a shy 19 year old, embarking on an initial media career in the lights of London. My then boss, a creepy Character, with spindly fingers (and who would always insist on wearing a pork pie hat ?!) decided that we would hit a Casino on Edgware Road after finishing off a trade show at a nearby Hotel. My then colleague had split up with his Girlfriend at the time, so we left him languishing under his black rain cloud nursing a pint at the Hotel Bar. Now this is the first and only time I have embarked in a Casino and it was quite an experience.
A gentle hush of concentration amid the clicking and tinkling of chips and coins. Glamourous blondes and brunettes showing their curves under red velveteen slips showing the creamiest of flesh underneath. You could smell the money, stronger than the gin, the hint of sweat and the smoke. We were not their long, you see, he had a method - a way to play the roulette so every other go, he would win. It is not very clear how he did it, you see he had a dog-eared blue leather bound notebook with some type of scrawled sequence of numbers, which he had written down onto Business Cards in the Hotel Bar It worked though - we cleared out a grand before the Security started paying closer attention to us, especially when he tried to discreetly study those Cards.
Online Gaming has allowed people to play poker and other Casino games from the comfort of their own homes. I work from home - sometimes I hold conference calls with my hair tied in rags (old fashioned curling technique) sitting their in my pink fluffy dressing gown - discussing major contracts or negotiating deals with far fetched Clients in Qatar or Australia. I sound the same, my brain functions the same as it would if I was sitting in an Office, donned in a corporate suit - but it just does not feel the same.
Is this the same as Online Poker?