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Roughly What You Deserve

Back when I was gambling professionally, it seemed like everyone had an opinion on which casino was rigged. I never really thought that, but I also didn't really think that I was winning as much as I was supposed to. To test this, I recorded every single session I played for over a year. Guess what? I was within a fraction of one percent from where I was supposed to be statistically. I learned that not only were the casinos not rigged, I wasn't very good at mentally aggregating lots of independent events.

I think that in real life, we all have a natural inability or unwillingness to accept that we generally receive what we deserve. Before I get into this, though, I'll say that it definitely isn't true all of the time. I offer the idea here just a useful tool and framework, not to pass judgement. For example, I know people who have lost close family members, people who have been raped, and people who have been affected by other horrible things. I don't think that they deserve those things or earned them in some way. I think they're an unfortunate side effect of the chaos and variance of life, which is otherwise a good thing.

When I was around twenty, I knew for a fact that I would become rich by the age of twenty-five. Twenty five was really old and I knew that I was special, so it made perfect sense to me that I'd be rich by then. I put in a moderate amount of effort, and made moderate progress towards my goal, but didn't really even close. When I turned twenty five, I was at least a little bit surprised that I wasn't a millionaire yet.

I'm still not a millionaire, but I'm not surprised about it anymore. I've seen people work harder than me and work smarter than me and become rich. I've seen the dedication it takes, and I've seen how that compares to what I have typically put in.

Seneca Casino in Niagara Falls

On Why Buffalo?

We’re supposed to talk about moving today, but instead I’m going to share a little slice of the Buffalo life instead, mostly because the experience is fresh in my head, and because my rambling isn’t as interesting as showing you what you can do in this awesome city!

Niagara Falls is a quick 15 minute drive from Buffalo, right up the 190 North highway. It costs a dollar US (5% discount with Canadian funds!) to get over the bridge onto Grand Island, but you can avoid the bridge and the island by taking the scenic route north on River Road.

The Seneca is on the US side, on Indian Reservation land. One of the valid forms of identification is a Tribal ID, which, I have to admit, I didn’t even know existed! (Chalk me up as another ignorant American).

So, here’s the Seneca:

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