"Yah, yah, yabba-dadda-doo!" Tumbling dice on green felt. If adrenaline is addictive, this coppertone, gold chain cowboy is a stone cold junkie with eyes like pinholes, shaking the dice, blowing on them, and flinging them at the far wall. "Baby needs a new pair a SHOES!" He's been on a roll and made money for all these passline bettors, but this time he sevens out. Everyone boos. Cowboy gulps down his whiskey-rocks and disappears.
I was down in Las Vegas for a few days, and all that curvilinear fuchsia and mango jazz was a lot of fun, despite the hundred-and-ten degree heat on the Strip. It was surreal. Disneyland on the surface of Mercury. Old school casinos and new palaces with marble floors and Chihulys, beautiful fountains, even a fake Eiffel Tower!
I had some luck at roulette, betting red and black. I was using "Oscar's Grind," a betting system appeared in Allan Wilson's "The Casino Gambler's Guide," copyright 1965. This guy -- known only as "Oscar" -- claimed modest but consistent profits with this method. Next time you're in Vegas, try Oscar's Grind. Maybe you'll get lucky.