Norm MacDonald is a serious gambler, and has lost everything he has had 3 times in his life. Although he has never been a "drug or alcohol guy," he has said that he likes gambling because it helps him escape from the pressures of life.
"Thatís when you walk away numb. You feel blank and canít find the elevator." -- Norm MacDonald, after he went on tilt and bet his remaining $3,000 on a single hand of blackjack. He then got dealt two Aces but didn't have any money to split them. He then got dealt a 10, hit again, and got another 10 and busted. He lost the hand, but if he had enough money to split then he would have had two 21s.
"I booked us a room at Treasure Island. While we were waiting in line to check in, I looked at the tables, and told my mother and aunt that Iíd meet them upstairs. I had $3,000 with me, no cash-advance capabilities on my credit card, and no ATM card. I started betting $100 a hand. I had four splits and lost them all. Suddenly I was playing for $500, hoping to catch up. After less than half a shoe, I was finished, completely broke. I sat up in the room for the rest of the trip, watching Matlock on TV, and listening to my aunt complaining about being down a buck-and-a-half playing nickel slots." -- Norm MacDonald, after blowing his whole bankroll before he even checked into his hotel during a weekend trip to Vegas with his visiting aunt and mother.
Back when he was drinking a lot, he went up to his room, he phoned down to the front desk and said "Give me a wakeup call for 6 o'clock." They told him it was 5 minutes to 6, so he said "I better let you go, you'll be dialing soon". -- Norm MacDonald, as told on the Adam Carolla podcast.
"It becomes exhausting to become obsessed with something. So, you are trying to...finish it off, finally [by losing all of your money]. If you have $450,000 in the bank, or whatever...and you lose $400,000, you say 'Fuck it, I don't want to have $50,000...I don't want to have money to remind me that I had more money'." -- when talking about his gambling addiction.
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