Recently someone asked about my sister, whom I had mentioned in a previous blog entry about our Thanksgiving family celebration. So I asked her to write a little bit about her life since she moved to Las Vegas. Take it away, Starr.
Jean Scott is not only my sister. She is a bit of a mother to me since she is 10 years older than I am. Anytime I’ve needed someone to turn to she has been there for me. So, when I became single after many years of being married, it seemed only natural to move close to my mother-sister. I had already read all her books; and on many previous trips to Las Vegas, she had painstakingly sat beside me and taught me the best way to play video poker. But once being here full time, I found a deeper understanding from her teachings of not only how to play the right machines, but how to do it most effectively. As a resident, I was better able to take advantage of playing on multiple point days, learn how to play for better mailers, and do all those extra things Jean emphasizes.
However, I have developed my own style of play. Having found love again, my guy and I have recently purchased a new home together. We have found many things we enjoy doing together, over and above playing in the casinos. We are fixing up our home and are having fun traveling, both near Las Vegas and afar. Our golf community has many local activities to keep us busy, even though we are not golfers.
I still play video poker, but not as intensely as Jean and Brad do. It is something I do more casually. When I do play, I play as much as possible to my advantage. But, with a full and rich life outside the casinos, I often do not get the good mailers that I might get were I to play more hours and more often.
My guy is slowly becoming a believer in playing “advantage” video poker. However, he is a long time blackjack player, and he finds video poker a bit “boring.” Slowly, however, he is beginning to realize that breaking even and winning at advantage video poker is more fun than losing at blackjack! However, he wins at blackjack fairly consistently, so it’s been a hard sell! He does, however, realize that there are much better comps for playing video poker than playing at the tables.
Living in Las Vegas is wonderful. I love being able to see Jean and Brad on a regular basis. They have so many comps they can’t use, so we are the beneficiaries. :) We do play enough that we could get a free or greatly discounted meal almost every day. But we often eat at home. I like to cook, and there it’s easier to stick to a healthier diet.
Starr and I have another sister, June, who is a semi-retired psychatrist living in Durham, North Carolina. Starr, the youngest of us three, is a retired attorney. Our close friends and family have a saying about us: Doctor, lawyer, Indian chief – I guess because I am the bossy eldest!
Here are some pictures of us down through the years, labeled left to right:
Jean, 11; Starr, 1; June, 6
Jean, 14; June, 9; Starr, 4
Summer of 2011
Starr, 62; June, 67; Jean, 72