Stand and deliver
• Since I was eight years old, having learned to play pontoon for fags, I soon realised that the path to a cool, free smoke was the timely twist of the card.
From time to time I'll enter the odd poker classic -- and I've won on a number of occasions. Over the Christmas holidays, I rambled into a slot machine place to try a new form of amusement which also involves money.
The lights flashing and the noise of the beasts clanging and whistling was mesmerising, and money flowed into them from the gathered punters like the very lives of the machines depended on force-feeding them.