Saturday, July 14, 2007

Donations that are not tax-deductible

Today I showed my support for the Muckleshoot tribe by donating $240 to their cause.

It was my first time gambling at a casino or for actual money, so I purposely made some silly bets—there's something entertaining about throwing $40 on the table like it's play money. (Well, that seems like quite a bit of money to me, at least.) I'm totally unimpressed with video slots; there's something elegant and beautiful about the classic three-picture slot machines (which were nowhere to be found), but these slots had fifteen pictures and nine betting lines and I didn't even begin to understand why I was winning or losing money. So, that was money poorly spent, but only $20. The other $220 was lost playing Blackjack.

Anyway, it was a fun enough time. Now I can say I've done it once. Not exactly the most fun I've ever had for $240, but an amusing enough time-waster with my current houseguest, blog-reader, and college classmate. Luke did a better job, turning $20 into $82.

6 comments:

Louise said...

I totally agree with you on the video slots. I love the classic one armed bandits way better.

I'm not much for gambling, unless I am in Vegas.

Did they have any craps tables there? That's about the only game I truly think could I would enjoy playing (since I understand it pretty damn well), I just never have the courage to play it - since the tables are always so packed.

Travis said...

Yeah, they've got several craps tables. I saw a couple that were manned, and several that weren't. I don't really get craps, so we stuck with Blackjack.

Swid said...

The closer an Indian casino is to a major metropolitan area, the less likely that you would ever otherwise know that particular tribe even existed. Muckleshoot? Obviously made up.

Travis said...

:) http://www.muckleshoot.nsn.us/

Alex said...

So, what are the rules for writing off gambling losses? I see that field on the tax form every year and wonder how I could possibly reduce my tax burden further without decreasing the size of my bank acct...

Travis said...

Hmm, I dunno. First time gambling. I'll have to remember to look that up in half a year. Of course, I won't.