Recapping How I Met Your Mother's Casino MomentsPublished September 24, 2013 by OCR Editor
The show entered the 9th and final season on US TV last night.
An end of an era will soon be upon us: How I Met Your Mother entered its ninth and final season with a double episode on US TV last night. Sadly for us, that means no more of Barney's casino exploits.
Atlantic City Exploits
Barney's penchant for gambling features throughout the show's first eight seasons, particularly with the season 2 episode "Atlantic City". The gang end up there because of Lily and Marshall's decision to elope for their wedding, but the episode inevitably revolves around Barney.
During the episode, Barney enters into a bizarre Chinese game of chance called "Xing Hai Shi Bu Xing", or "Deal or No Deal" that everyone else fails to understand. However, Marshall quickly catches on to the rules (leaving viewers puzzled) and helps Barney win enough money to pay a boat captain willing to officiate Marshall and Lily's nuptials.
Barney's Guide to Gambling
Barney's gambling habits were popular enough with viewers that broadcaster CBS even ran his guide to gambling on their website in 2006. This little goodie has plenty of humorous tips, including:
Blackjack: Always assume the dealer has blackjack, and double down on everything.
Roulette: Find a table that's hit black five times in a row and bet on red. It's like flipping a coin. Heads five times in a row? What are the chances it's heads again on the next flip. Best bet in the casino.
Slots: Heh. Slots.
Xing Hai Shi Bu Xing: The girl in the red dress has the jelly bean.
Life After "How I Met Your Mother"
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