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WORDS AND THEIR STORIES - Gambling -- And Losing

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A man shuffles cards before he deals a poker game
A man shuffles cards before he deals a poker game

Now, the VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories.

Many people believe that "money makes the world go around." Others believe that "money buys happiness."

I do not agree with either idea.

But I do admit that money can make people do strange things. Let me tell you about a person I once knew who liked to play card games for money -- he liked to gamble...

A man shuffles cards before he deals a poker game
A man shuffles cards before he deals a poker game
​My friend Bob had a problem because he liked to gamble "at all costs" -- he would play at any time and at any price. To take part in a card game such as poker, my friend would have to "ante up" -- he would have to pay a small amount of money at the beginning of the game.

Bob always played with "cold, hard cash" -- only coins and dollar bills. Sometimes my friend would "clean up" -- he would win a lot of money on one card game. He liked to tell me that one day he would "break the bank." What a feeling it must be to win all of the money at a gambling table!

Other times my friend would simply "break even" -- he neither won nor lost money. But sometimes Bob would "lose his shirt" -- he would lose all the money he had. He "took a beating" at the gambling table. When this happened, my friend would have to "go in the hole" -- he would go into debt and owe people money.

Recently, Bob turned to crime after losing all his money. In his job, he "kept the books" for a small business -- he supervised the records of money earned and spent by the company. Although my friend was usually honest, he decided to "cook the books" -- he illegally changed the financial records of the company. This permitted him to "make a fast buck" -- my friend made some quick, easy money dishonestly.

I never thought Bob would have "sticky fingers" -- he did not seem like a thief who would steal money. But, some people will do anything for love of money.

Bob used the money he stole from his company to gamble again. This time, he "cashed in" -- he made a lot of money. Quickly he was "back on his feet" -- he had returned to good financial health. His company, however, ended up "in the red" -- it lost more money than it earned. The company was no longer profitable.

It did not take long before my friend's dishonesty was discovered. The company investigated and charged him with stealing. Bob tried to "pass the buck" -- he tried to blame someone else for the deficit. His lie did not work, however. He ended up in jail.

Today, I would "bet my bottom dollar" that my friend will never gamble again -- I would bet all I have that he learned his lesson about gambling.

Words and Their Stories, in VOA Special English, was written by Jill Moss. I'm Faith Lapidus.

网友的学习评论(4条):
作者:kristine
never pass the buck !
作者:bella
i have read the essay, words and their stories is a good program, it deeply provide my level of English. I can have been studying . i hope everyone that want to learn well English are able to insist to do .Believe me , believe yourself.
作者:wp217
gamble is terrible far away from gambling
作者:shmily
money makes the world go around.
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