Humans of Allen: Trent Maycumber

“I thought to myself I’m really good at this. How do people lose money?"

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Humans of Allen: Trent Maycumber

Jackson Stone, Sports editor

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“It was my first time going to the casino, but I have gone with my dad to bet on horse racing for about three years now. My family loves poker and that’s how I learned how to play. Last weekend we went to a casino in Oklahoma, where I decided to only spend half of my 300 dollars. The first game I played was Blackjack, but it was all electronic and got the feeling that it was a little fishy. I started out great, but I wasn’t betting a lot, so I decided to amp it up. I ended up finishing really well and when I looked down I had 300 dollars so I cashed out. I thought to myself, ‘I’m really good at this, how do people lose money?’ I was just laughing the whole time and I couldn’t wait for the rest of the day. Then it started to go downhill. I went back to the same spot and 20 minutes later my 300 dollars went down to 150 so I decided to stop. I tried out the slots which I think are the worst invention of mankind. There’s so many lines and all you do is push a button, so when I was down to my last 50 dollars I decided to stop. But when you lose, you get the mentality like ‘Oh I lost this one, but I’ll just win the next two’. That mentality did not serve me well. I lost the 100 dollars I hadn’t planned on spending. So the next day we decided to go to the horse track where I actually won bets on the first two races. We put a lot of money on the next race and after my research I was feeling good that my horse would win. Well, it ended up finishing last and we lost even more money.  We finished the trip by stopping at Winstar where I actually won some money playing Blackjack at the real tables. I was up 150 bucks and I’m a positive person so that is the only day of the trip that I think about. Even though at first I lost a lot of money, I would go back to the casino without a doubt. If I had one word to describe my experience it would be rigged. But all in all it was quite the experience.”

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