Chapter 36.1 Unprecedented
Ohoho! Truly God is giving me a great service!
Tian Nineteen felt his good luck had come to pass. From the corner of his eye, he winked, a signal telling his followers to notify Tian Heng of the great news. Meanwhile, Tian Heng was in Xuanwu City discussing matters with the Xu Family.
“I’ve only come to play a few games. Since I don’t have money with me, is it alright to borrow?” Shen Lang smiled.
“Yes, yes!’ Tian Nineteen grew more rambunctious.
If you don’t borrow, then how can I frame you? You better borrow ten thousand gold coins and lose it all in one go! After that, Father will surely go to the Count’s Palace to settle the debt. With his face ruined, you’ll surely be beaten to death, Shen Lang!
“Shall I borrow a thousand gold coins first?” Shen Lang asked. “How much is the interest?”
“Since you’re the most distinguished guest of all, we’ll settle the annual interest rate at 10 percent.”
The interest rate provided was at its lowest, but it was of no point. Shen Lang, he’s bound to lose. Against Tian Nineteen, it was only a matter of time. The money borrowed would never leave the casino to begin with.
“Right, please go and write the interest rate and terms on the contract clearly,” Shen Lang said.
Tian Nineteen nodded. “It’s all up to you.”
After the contract was written, a thousand gold coins was placed in front of Shen Lang. He converted all the gold into chips.
“What do you want to play, Young Master Shen?” Tian Nineteen asked, voice hinting a touch of flattery.
“What’s the easiest game?”
“The size of bet.”
“All right, then let’s bet on the size!’
Tian Nineteen immediately led Shen Lang to a gambling-sized table. Shen Lang enjoyed a quality-like treatment. Many gamblers stopped and crowded around in circles to watch.
“Is this Shen Lang?”
“Tch! First he becomes the son-in-law of the Xu Family, now he had the guts to marry into the Count’s Palace!”
“Well, are you handsome?”
“I’m handsome too! Why can’t I go to the Count’s Palace?”
“But why’d he come to the casino to play? Isn’t he seeking death? Whether he wins or loses, the Count would surely break his legs!”
Shen Lang ignored the muttering words said and walked straight to the master gambling table. “Let’s begin.”
Tian Nineteen nodded. In the face of a waste like Shen Lang, Tian Nineteen disdained the idea of cheating. He thought it beneath himself.
The master at the gambling table began shaking the dice inside a cup. Half a minute in, he stopped and placed the cup on the table.
“Buy big or small?”
Below nine is small and above nine is big.
Shen Lang’s eyes glinted. He peered through the cup and read the contents inside with the use of his x-ray eyes.
“Buy big!” Shen Lang pushed all the chips on the center.
Everyone held their breath in. They were excited. The pressure was in. What was Shen Lang’s fate? It was exciting, truly exciting.
“Buy big,” The master said.
“Open, open, open…” The crowd softly muttered.
The master at the gambling table pulled the lid off.
13! Shen Lang wins!
“I can’t believe he won.”
“This Shen Lang, he’s truly a lucky white lotus.”
The gamblers on the sidelines murmured erratically.
Tian Nineteen’s face did not change. A smile continued to plaster his face. It was merely luck — nothing more. Though truth be told, Tian Thirteen was worried that he would lose on his first go, else he’d no longer choose to play anymore. Only if he wins a few times will he loosen his guard. Winning the first time around was the beginning tragedy of a gambler’s life.
At the beginning of the second round, the master rolled the dice on the table, his expression evident and serious. Slowly, his eyes peered warily and slammed the dice to stop its movements. But of course, this was mere act used only to increase the sense of ritual so gamblers could feel more pressure.
However, for Shen Lang, no matter how many times it was done, the result would remain the same. The white lotus once more used his x-ray eyes. It was 15, the bet was big.
“Buy big!” Shen Lang pushed out 2,000 gold coins.
Many held their breath in anxiousness. Was the son-in-law from the House of Jin sick in his mind? He bet all his coins in one sitting. At the same time, Tian Nineteen’s countenance changed dramatically. Were Shen Lang to win, he’d garner 4,000 gold coins. Even Tian Heng would consider 4,000 gold coins to be a lot of money. The gambling house was large, yes. But its net profit had never exceeded 2,000 gold coins monthly. And compared to the modern world, 4,000 gold coins was equivalent to more than 10 million yuan.
The gamblers who stood on the sidelines, their hands trembled a little.
Slowly, the master pulled the lid off.
Shen Lang had won again.
The bystanders shouted hysterically in excitement. 4,000 gold coins was an astronomical win. It’d be enough for them to eat and drink for a lifetime without the need to work and labor ever again.
Tian Nineteen’s face changed dramatically. This Shen Lang, he was a psycho. To think he had the guts to bet his life onto each round. What luck he had to win twice in a row. This was the biggest loss the gambling house had incurred in the past two or three years! But no matter, Shen Lang’s bound to lose as his ego continues to rise. Tian Thirteen will end his streaks. He will. And once he does, it’ll be the end for the white lotus’ life.
“Come, Young Master Shen, let’s play another game. How about I roll the dice?” Tian Nineteen smiled. “If the number rolled on the dice is big, call it out as big. If small, then small it shall be.”
Simple enough, but how could Shen Lang know that the game they’d play was rigged? He could easily change the number rolled on the dice just as easily. This stunt had been used countless of times against the eager gamblers ready to lose their fortune.
Shen Lang nodded, understanding the other side’s intent to cheat.
“No, no, no, I won’t play this game any longer.” Shen Lang smiled sheepishly. “I no longer want to bet on sizes. Besides, it’s all due to luck. I have no skill. How about we play cards?”
Tian Nineteen smiled back. “Of course, you’re the Young Master. You can play whatever you want and we’ll accommodate to your liking.”