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Is this a huge thing around the country/world?
l found out about it a few months ago and thus far have been lucky and not paid.
Does everyone love it or hate it ?

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  1. Interesting. Never heard of it so I had to google. Would consider doing it but generally not my thing. I see the odds can be influenced (links for those like me):

    http://www.eatfoo.com/archives/2006/0...
    http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-pla...

    (Mind you, I have a friend who enjoys hot sauce, wasabi shooter and dog treat tasting challenges with me; I just live on a different edge I guess.

    )

    Edited to add this link:
    http://www.bargaineering.com/articles...
    Too much mathematics for me to accomplish after a glass or ++ of wine. LOL.

    1. Just read about it a month or so ago. At the moment this has not been mention by any of my friends and I will not educate them about it.

      As I tend to be.... more extravegant when I go out. (Bottle of wine, appetizer, entree, maybe even dessert) and my friend tend to get a drink (if that) and an entree. It's not cool for me to do that to them.

      1. I recently witnessed a new acquaintence fall victim to it, at the hands of a rapacious predator.

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        1. re: Veggo

          Rapaciousness is good.

          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

            Interpol will catch up with you and rid the earth of this scourge.

        2. this has been around for decades, but i generally see guys who make 6 figures and up doing it.

          1. I use the card, that I want points/miles on. Each is paid to US $ 0, every month, so it is only about the points/miles to me.

            When I travel abroad, I notify AMEX of my itinerary, and thus avoid exchange fees.

            Never played any games with my credit cards, and am not likely to do so, but then, even when in Las Vegas, I do not gamble, though I eat well. I will leave the lotteries and roulette games to others.

            Hunt

            1. This is actually an old past it's time thing I've known about for 15+ years. It's an interesting concept that can put a dent in your credit limit and give you heartburn. I read the article and have one comment, the game is announced and usually begins 'before' anyone orders not after.

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              1. re: treb

                Delucacheesemonger has dredged it up from the bowels of history and is fleecing unsuspecting friends on at least 2 continents and possibly 3. This is fair warning! He has won at least 8 in a row, I don't know how he's doing it. But as they say in Texas, if you chirp too soon you're hawk s**t.

              2. Personally, I would find it awkward to have the bill payment in general be so conspicuous. I'd rather focus on the food/company, and whether the bill is split or alternated I like it to happen quickly and discretely. There must be some sort of powerful cultural pressure affecting me, because even if regular check splitting becomes too drawn out, I get uncomfortable. I used to hate that moment on a date when the bill-paying dance happens. The roulette game would turn me beet red.

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                1. re: LabLady

                  This little game, as hotoynoodle observes above, happens among those who can well afford it, so price is not an issue. But if you knew delucacheesemonger as I do, you would NEVER position yourself to be vanquished by him. He is insufferable..:) Carly Simon would have to re-write the song...

                2. It seems really obnoxious to me.

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                  1. re: LeoLioness

                    Of course it is. This is how real men behave with their real friends.

                    1. re: LeoLioness

                      what about it seems obnoxious, if all agree to play?

                    2. I've participated from time to time for a while. As to odds, its better than almost anything else you could play. Though over time, I've probably paid more that the odds would have implied. But you get a good chuckle out of it. Smallest bill I paid was around $100 and biggest was probably less than $500. Most times when I end up paying, the beneficiaries end up buying me lunch or dinner the next time we get together so I think it works out over time. I don't see anything obnoxious about it. But its true that this is pretty much a guys thing. Any one up for liar's poker?

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                      1. re: Bkeats

                        For liars poker, I have a special bill with 6 zeros. Have not played in decades.

                        1. re: Veggo

                          I see your six 0s and raise you seven 1s!

                        2. re: Bkeats

                          As to odds, its better than almost anything else you could play. Though over time, I've probably paid more that the odds would have implied.

                          ~~~~~~

                          blink. blink.

                          disconnect, much?

                          1. re: hotoynoodle

                            Not at all. First point is that the odds for this bet, if you will, is better than most other types of bets. Its you versus everyone else at the table so 1:3 to at worst for me 1:6. Compare that to lottery, Vegas, super bowl pools, March madness pools, etc. Odds there are generally worse. The second statement just means that my luck has been off initially. Assuming everything is mean reverting, I will win now more than lose.

                          2. re: Bkeats

                            My husband and his friends love to bet on anything. It slays me at times. They would love this.

                          3. This has been around for a while and is absolutely something men are more inclined to do. Although occasionally I will play it with my girlfriends. We usually will play for the bar tab when we are ready to leave. It is entertaining at the very least and I don't mind it if the bill is under $50 or if we are bar hopping and play it at each bar. For some reason the blue card always loses though!

                            1. Here in Bermuda, it's a favourite pastime amongst the laddies. Last time was on Friday evening, group of 13 at a pub for dinner for about $600. We're fortunate that we all make decent salaries so never a big dent in the wallet but it's almost always reciprocated in rounds of drinks sooner or later. Just a bit of harmless fun given that gambling is illegal here. Plus admittedly, I'm a points whore so never mind getting some extra points on the credit card. Lol.