Brandon’s Adventure at Chances Kelowna

With a Foreward by Me: As you may recall, A-OK was selected as a premier Okanagan participant in The BC Lottery Corporation’s Very Important Blogger (V.I.B.) Program. We were really excited because we also got to give a reader $25 in slot play and a $100 gift certificate to Longshots Lounge at Chances Kelowna. During my Chances adventure I had a quick update on privacy laws and learned I was not able to snap photos. Don’t worry, this post will still have pictures because, as you can imagine, I’m really good at Photoshop. I just didn’t have a lot of time to work on the photos so bear with me and suspend your disbelief.

Chances Kelowna supplied this particular blogger with $100 in slot play, a $100 gift certificate to Longshots Lounge and $15 Chances Bucks — the latter of which is the same as cash, as I understood it. Last night Adam and I decided to make use of our GCs for a date night. As Adam had never been gambling, and I’ve probably been 6 or 7 times in my life — I had a stint in Vegas when I was 12 — I was clearly the experienced veteran here. Our game plan? Fuel up. Why gamble on an empty stomach?

We made our way to Longshots Lounge and found a nice table-top. It just happened to be $5 Wednesday which means almost all the appies are $5. We order 4 plates because if you know us you know we like to order more food than can physically be digested at one time. We also get a jug of beer for some courage.

Here is the one and only potentially illegal photo I took from the night while eating noms in the lounge.

Full and ready to hit the floor, Adam and I pay our surprisingly inexpensive bill. $38 for a jug of beer, a dozen hot wings, a personal-sized veggie pizza, spinach and artichoke dip and yam fries with chipotle dipping sauce. In fact, we were hard-pressed to find anything on the menu that was more than $13, hard to argue with that price point. We were full and pretty pleased with ourselves at this point, so we hit up Guest Services.

A quick aside, the reason I probably don’t gamble is because I’m honestly not sure what’s even happening most of the time. I mean, I’m cultured and everything — I’ve seen every James Bond movie like a hundred times — but there’s something about numbers that always loses me.

Luckily, Chances Kelowna made a real good decision in hiring Mallery at Guest Services. Mallery answered all the questions I had about the slot machines, even going so far to take us on a tour to all the different machines and showing us how to use them (I’m still not sure what we were doing exactly, but things were lighting up). She took us to the penny machines and explained how to play. And by ‘play’ I mean she showed us how to lose less money here than on the dollar slots.

Here I am supporting myself on my 'winning' streak. This is creepy and I apologize for it.

This was one of my most memorable moments of the evening as Chances looks much bigger on the inside than the outside. The room can feel a bit overwhelming to a newcomer like myself, but Mallery’s patience and excitement for what she does meant I was less worried about the ‘where to go’ and was able to really get into the games.

Actually, the most memorable moment of the evening was winning $14. Don’t laugh, this is the most I’ve ever won gambling and I was really, really excited. It all happened so quickly I thought I lost money, which made it even more exciting to win. Being fiscally conservative (now), we called it quits after this.

Final thoughts: Gambling safely was actually surprisingly fun. After I won some money I started to get it. The food was really good, the service was great in the lounge and above and beyond on the floor. My dad always taught me to go in with $20 and not spend above that. That way, as entertainment, it’s basically the same price as going out to a movie and lasts about as long.

I genuinely thought this would be me by the end of the night.

I have some friends that will go in and win anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to a couple thousand. I am not these people but I am likely to bring them next time I go back to Chances Kelowna.

For more information on BC Casinos & Chances, visit their Facebook Page. Know your limit, play within it.

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