For Ben, a successful accountant, money was never a problem and he never thought it would ever be. However, he had one problem – his son. Being an only child, Daniel was a little spoilt and entitled. He dropped out of school and started hanging out with the wrong crowd who introduced him to gambling. When he proposed a business idea to his father to open a restaurant, his father thought this was the moment they had been waiting for. However, Daniel ran off with the money that he was supposed to invest in the business. Here is where the story begins – He Wasted All His Savings On Gambling After Losing A Bet To His Son Part 1
10 million shillings was now gone. However, this wasn’t Ben’s concern. He had almost ten times more of that amount in his account. He was more worried about his son. This was the only family member he had left and he couldn’t believe that he would betray him like that. He had heard rumours that he had been seen in different casinos gambling with the money so Ben decided to go and see it for himself.
Sure enough, after tracking him down, he found him at a casino surrounded by women and dozens of champagne bottles. When he saw his father, he wasn’t shocked or ashamed. It must have been the drugs and alcohol. Instead, he kept to his feet and went to hug him.
“My old man!” He shouted as he stretched his hand.
Ben swatted it away from him and gave him a deathly stare.
“You want to fight me? You want to fight your only son?” He asked drunkenly.
“Where’s my money, you thief.”
“Calm down, pops. What’s 10 million to you? Consider it my early inheritance.” He said and laughed.
“I want my money now!” Ben yelled.
“Okay, I’ll give it to you. Just play one round with me and whoever wins keeps the money.”
Ben had never played a casino game in his life. In fact, he hated gambling and anytime his friends invited him to a casino, he would decline. However, his son was persuasive and he didn’t have anything to lose. If he won the game, he would get his money back, if he didn’t he would have his son arrested for stealing from him. Win-win, or so he thought.
Daniel chose a classic game of poker. After walking the two men through the rules, the house dealer placed the cards in front of each player.
“Gambling is all about luck and may the odds forever be in my favour.” He said with a cheeky smirk on his face.
The game came to an end almost as soon as it started and Daniel won. He let out a loud laugh followed by chest-thumping.
“You can’t beat me, old man. This is my house.” He said arrogantly.
Ben asked to play another round, and another and another. However, he kept losing which only humiliated him more. After a series of defeats, he finally gave up.
“I still want my money.” He insisted.
“Forget about it. Come back when you’re ready to lose more money.”
Despite losing horribly, Ben enjoyed gambling. He loved the adrenaline and the energy of the crowd every time someone made a move. It was nothing like he had ever felt in his life and for a brief moment, he forgot about everything and everyone.
He didn’t go back to play with his son. In fact, he had him arrested and then replaced him as the king of gambling. Unlike his son, Ben wasn’t good at gambling and he didn’t get any better but he had money and that’s all the casino cared about. In fact, they loved him more than they loved Daniel. The same waitresses that would flirt with Daniel now flirted with Ben.
He felt like he finally got payback for everything his son had done. From refusing to go to university to stealing from him, he was now sitting on his throne. However, Ben didn’t expect that he would become addicted to gambling. According to him, only weak-minded people spent all their money on gambling. He wasn’t a weak-minded person. He was one of the best accountants in the country.
Nonetheless, he found himself in a hole that he couldn’t get out of. The casino had him in a chokehold that he couldn’t escape no matter how hard he tried. To make it worse, no one could save him either. Ben had isolated himself from all his close friends and relatives after his wife’s death and no one knew what he was up to.
The casino employees were his family now and at times, they would have to take him to their home after the owners complain about him.
His bank account depleted quickly and in a month he would spend over 3 million shillings on gambling and women. Within a few months, his fat account was now looking thin. His account manager started restricting his transactions in an attempt to stop his gambling addiction. However, Ben was already in too deep.
The last straw was when he withdrew all the remaining money in his bank account – around 30 million shillings – claiming that he was going to invest it in real estate. The reality was he was going to pay his gambling debts and spend the rest in the casino.
His son was still in prison since he refused to pay back the 10 million he took from his father. However, after wasting all his savings on gambling, he finally remembered his son.
Dishevelled and depressed, he went to visit him in prison to make one request.
“I’m sorry, my son. I shouldn’t have judged you.” He said nearly in tears.
“What happened to you?” He asked.
“I lost all my money gambling.”
“All of it?”
“Yes, I need your help.”
“What do you need?”
“I’ll drop this stupid case. I just need you to get some of the money back.”
After a brief silence, Daniel agreed to help his father. He was released from prison the following day and the pair returned to their family home.
“I haven’t been here in months,” Ben said as he looked at the family pictures hanging on the wall.
They both embraced as if welcoming each other back.
The following day, Daniel wore a nice black suit and well-polished shoes. He took his father’s Range Rover Sport and went to the casino early in the morning.
“I’m back!” He shouted in his usual flamboyant manner.
“Daniel… Long time.” One of the waitresses said and welcomed him.
He sat at the poker table where there was a game already going on. After it ended, he joined in. He won every game he played that day and left the casino with nearly 6 million shillings.
“I’ll be back.”
He won a couple of times and made enough to start a business. This time around, the pair actually invested their money into the restaurant business they always wanted. They both went to rehab to deal with their addictions. Working in the restaurant also helped them to rebuild their relationship and catch up on lost time. They became inseparable and it was hard to believe that at one point Daniel stole money from his father who had him arrested.
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