When I was in my early 20's, I had a lot of money from both my job and some real estate investments. I used to go to Atlantic City with as much as $5,000.
I once won $27,000 and the Playboy hotel took real good care of me, including hooking me up with escorts.
I also lost $10,000 once and $5,000 several times so in the end, most things balanced out.
I also once won $6,500 starting with only $250 playing baccarat at Harvey's in Lake Tahoe at 4 in the morning. I sent $5,000 home with a buddy to give to my Dad and took an extra $1,500 to my vacation in Bora Bora Tahiti.
My youth was a lot better than my last 15 years