The scene of the event was the Embassy Suites Hotel. We were there for the annual company holiday party last night. (Why they insist on calling it a “Holiday Party” is beyond me, since it takes place long after the holidays have passed.)
We joined my coworkers and their spouses or significant others. We mingled and chatted and enjoyed some wonderful hors doevres. Everyone was sipping on wine or beer or some other drink of choice. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. Soon we were done eating and that’s when it happened.
The Casino Room was opened for the evening!
We settled ourselves at the 3-Way Action table. For those who aren’t big gamblers (like me) and may not be familiar, 3-Way Action is a table where you place bets on three hands. The first is High Card, which is just what it sounds like. The dealer deals out one card per player, then a card to herself. If your card is higher than the dealer’s, you win.
The second hand is Black Jack. After the High Card hand is over, the card you were dealt is moved over to your Black Jack bet and each player is dealt another card. Then you take a hit or pass and again, if you beat the dealer you win.
The third hand is Poker. Again, you’re existing cards left over from the last hand are moved over to your Poker bet. You are then dealt more cards to bring your total hand to seven cards. You discard two, and the dealer deals herself the remaining cards to bring her hand up to seven. If your poker hand beats hers, you win.
There were also a lot of bonus payouts. So even if the dealer’s hand beat yours, if you had a flush, a straight, a full house, etc., the payout was anywhere from two-to-one on up to six-to-one.
I am not a real life gambler. I don’t like casinos. But I ROCKED at 3-Way Action. My system was this. I only ever bet a $5 chip on High Card, because I NEVER got dealt a high card. Then I’d bet a $100 chip on Black Jack, and a $500 pink chip on Poker. Things just worked out and soon I had multiple stacks of those hot-pink chips.
Our dealer was a sweet woman named Nancy and she kept us laughing all evening. She would give advice as to what you might want to do in a particular situation and she cheered when she dealt herself a losing hand. She really wanted us to win.
At the end of the night, we traded in our chips for prize drawing slips. $1,000 bought one slip. Between Mark and I, we had something like thirty prize slips. Then we could go enter those slips in the drawing of our choice. We did ok. We came home with a few little prizes, such as this:
(This one was obviously Mark’s doing. It’s one of those two-million candle power something or other flashlights. For those early morning hunting trips, I guess.)
We also got this little thing:
Yeah. A whole table and chair set. The one we already own is an old piece of junk.
And my favorite:
Some of you might remember that I had this on my totally selfish Christmas wish list. But I did not GET this for Christmas. I was so excited to have won it! I also won a whole basket full of chocolate, but I gave it away. I was feeling bad because some of those in attendance won few or no prizes. I found somone who was lacking in prizes and convinced her that she needed a basket full of chocolate. I love chocolate, but there was a dangerous amount of it in that basket.
We put the quesadilla maker right to good use tonight and had a “make your own quesadilla dinner.”
I’m so glad I turned out to be such a natural at 3-Way Action!