One Friday night this month, legal secretary Deena McKeel walked away $1,500 richer from a Southwest Greensburg Fire Hall poker tournament, by finishing in the top three among 110 players.
Her fiance was one of the many men she defeated at the event, a fund raiser for the fire company.
“I love to beat them, ’cause they get so mad,” said the 33-year-old from Derry, a gambling enthusiast.
Twenty miles away, Felicia Serrano, a Braddock mother of five murmured, “Thank you, Jesus” and patted her heart after winning $1,000 in a crowd made up mostly of women at a Monroeville bingo hall. The sponsor, St. Benedict the Moor Judi Online24jam Deposit Uang Church of the Hill District, itself earns $1,000 a week from the smoke-filled, late-night game after paying $8,000 in prizes.
Even if a vote in Harrisburg this week gives the state the green light to create up to 14 slot machine casinos in the state, analysts figure most other gambling will continue unimpeded.
The addition of those clinking, jangling, whirring electronic machines that gulp nickels, dimes and quarters at an amazing pace would just present one more chance in a culture rife with such opportunities.
“This is all I do, and it’s a hobby, not a habit. I don’t go out to bars, I don’t go out to party,” explained Nancy Mullen, a 40-something bank systems analyst from Turtle Creek, who calls it relaxing to scan 24 or more bingo cards Judi Online24jam Deposit Uang simultaneously with her purple dot dauber during games from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at St. Benedict’s weekly event.
She likes the finite gambling limits of bingo. The $30 admission Judi Online24jam Deposit Uang fee gives patrons a group of bingo sheets and a brown sack to crumple them into as they groan in unison with each call of someone else’s “Bingo!”
Mullen and other players paid more to play additional cards and the small games of chance tickets that are promoted throughout the night by volunteers walking the long rows — “Cherries? … Keystone? … Horse race?” Even with all that, it still would have been hard to lose $100 on the night.
In recent national surveys, about two-thirds of adults say they gamble in a given year, and state polls have reported the majority of Pennsylvanians support legalizing slots. In Allegheny County, 400 different nonprofit organizations hold bingo licenses and 650 operate legal games of chance.