The First Interstellar Energy Gambler - Chapter 134.1
Chapter 134: Stone Gambling Tournament 3
Lin Luo and Han XinYuan weren’t in a hurry to bid and instead spoke to each other in low voices.
“This piece of jade looks pretty good. It should be around three kilograms with a market price between 600,000 and 700,000 credits. If necessary, we could pay up to 800,000 credits, though.” Han XinYuan assessed based on what saw of the jade.
Lin Luo nodded slightly, “This piece should be able to produce two vials of high-level element liquid. If someone wanted to fight over it, I would say we could go up to 850,000.”
“Got it.” Han XinYuan agreed and joined in the bidding, “I’ll do 700,000!”
Originally, the bidding had almost slowed down at this time. The current highest bid was 680,000 credits. The person who had offered that price thought that his company was sure to win that piece of jade, but he didn’t expect a sudden opponent to appear in the bidding.
“720,000 credits.” The man hurried to increase the price again.
However, Han XinYuan didn’t hesitate for a second and directly quoted, “750,000 credits.”
The man suddenly became anxious and looked fiercely in Han XinYuan’s direction, but when he saw Han XinYuan’s iconic handsome face, his expression slowly changed.
PengCheng Energy Company had become the current leader in the energy industry. Han XinYuan was a celebrity on top of being the manager of PengCheng Energy Company’s gambling department. It was natural that people from these energy companies couldn’t fail to recognize him.
Seeing the appearance of Han XinYuan, the people from these energy companies suddenly complained inwardly. After all, as long as the jade was a piece that the PengCheng Energy Company was interested in, they would definitely not be able to grab it. There was something wrong with this company, it was as if hey decided that even if they were to come out at a loss, they definitely had to rob these small companies of the jade they wanted!
How could they have known that PengCheng’s energy liquid extraction had long since been automated, making the profit margin much larger than that of ordinary energy companies? As such it was natural for them to have confidence when offering prices.
“7-, 760,000…” The man gritted his teeth and quoted his final offer.
“770,000.” Han XinYuan wasn’t stupid. Seeing that the man hesitated when he raised the price, he knew that he was almost at his bottom line, so he didn’t raise the price very drastically.
As expected by Han XinYuan, the man shook his head in frustration, and the piece of sunny green high-ice jade was easily taken by Han XinYuan.
By the time Lin Luo and Han XinYuan returned to their jadeite cutting machine, the jadeite they had bought had basically all been cut, and the winning rate of the pieces was surprisingly high. They may have even selected all of the good pieces that the booth had to offer.
There were also people who wanted to come over to buy their pieces, but as soon as they made it clear that they were employees of PengCheng Energy Company, those people had to leave in disappointment.
Lin Luo collected thee jades into his space button before everyone returned to their rooms together.
Soon, it was time for the Stone Gambling Tournament to officially begin. The first thing that started was the elimination of the beginner rank players, of which there were more than 3,000 participants.
The gambling stone area covered a total of several thousands of hectares and was divided into twelve areas. Millions of jadeite pieces were densely piled on the ground, and contestants were able to freely choose which area to enter.
Non-participating players and staff in the gambling area weren’t allowed to enter, and the game was to be broadcast live through high-definition aerial cameras.
Lin Luo and the others watched the live broadcast together in one of their rooms. Although they knew what to expect, they were still shocked by the endless sea of gambling stones.
On the first day, nearly half of the beginner rank players were eliminated. Logically speaking, it wasn’t too difficult to choose two pieces of jadeite and have one rise in value. That said, players in the beginner rank were usually people who were participating in the Stone Gambling Tournament for the first time. As soon as they entered the arena, they would be stunned.
The dense sea of gambling stones made them dazzled, and people would often stay dazed up through the end of the day. After all, choosing stone in the competition was different from choosing a stone in a jadeite store. No one would divide the jadeite into high, middle, and low grades for them, and the price obtained by scanning its code couldn’t be used as a reliable reference.
All players could choose their stones from eight in the morning to eight in the evening, and then would take their selected jadeite to the cutting area dedicated to the competition for stone cutting. Each jadeite cutting machine in the stone cutting area was equipped with cameras in order to record the entire stone cutting process. After each person completed their stone cutting, they would notify the supervisor of the competition to come and check their results.
Basically, the night was the peak of the cutting for the players, and there would be people all throughout the cutting area. Due to fear of too much chaos, ordinary spectators weren’t allowed to enter the cutting area for the game. Only employees of energy companies could use their identity certificates to enter.
Naturally, Lin Luo and the others wouldn’t let go of such a good opportunity. They would go to the stone cutting area pretty much every night and would gain a lot.
 半路杀出个程咬金 – BànLù Shā Chū Gè Chéng YǎoJīn – lit. ‘Ambushed by Cheng YaoJin along the way’, idiom for ‘an unexpected opponent appears and disrupts the plan / suddenly something unexpected and bad happened / someone bothersome’
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