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Old 06-13-2020, 06:50 AM
 
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I find casinos depressing. My professional society (actuaries, ironically) has occasionally had meetings in big hotels with casinos. The first I attended was in Puerto Rico in 1980 but I've also been in Vegas a few times for meetings and have stayed at casino hotels in Omaha a couple of times when attending the Olympic Swim Trials (nephew was a competitor).

It was fun in PR to feed a $10 roll of quarters into the slot machines (yeah, I know that's the worst odds)- and then I stopped playing. In other places I would take all the loose change in the bottom of my purse and put it into the slot machines. Same result.

It's gotten so much more complicated now. You can't just feed money into the machine- you get a card and top it up and of course they collect all your info so they can continue their marketing to you and track your gambling. No, thanks. Meals and rooms in casino hotels are generally overpriced unless you're a high roller. You're forced to walk a long way from the hotel elevator through the casino and at 7 AM there are people drinking beer and playing the slots. They don't look like they're having fun.

I suppose that what keeps some people going is the perks of the loyalty program, which makes them feel "special", and the hope of winning big. As my late DH used to say, though, they didn't put up all those fake Taj Mahals, Empire State Buildings, pyramids, etc, because they like you.
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Old 06-13-2020, 11:30 AM
 
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I find casinos depressing. My professional society (actuaries, ironically) has occasionally had meetings in big hotels with casinos. The first I attended was in Puerto Rico in 1980 but I've also been in Vegas a few times for meetings and have stayed at casino hotels in Omaha a couple of times when attending the Olympic Swim Trials (nephew was a competitor).

It was fun in PR to feed a $10 roll of quarters into the slot machines (yeah, I know that's the worst odds)- and then I stopped playing. In other places I would take all the loose change in the bottom of my purse and put it into the slot machines. Same result.

It's gotten so much more complicated now. You can't just feed money into the machine- you get a card and top it up and of course they collect all your info so they can continue their marketing to you and track your gambling. No, thanks. Meals and rooms in casino hotels are generally overpriced unless you're a high roller. You're forced to walk a long way from the hotel elevator through the casino and at 7 AM there are people drinking beer and playing the slots. They don't look like they're having fun.

I suppose that what keeps some people going is the perks of the loyalty program, which makes them feel "special", and the hope of winning big. As my late DH used to say, though, they didn't put up all those fake Taj Mahals, Empire State Buildings, pyramids, etc, because they like you.
What would be depressing is having to wear a mask once they open back up
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Old 06-13-2020, 11:38 AM
 
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What would be depressing is having to wear a mask once they open back up
Vegas is open, you can wear a mask and smoke at the same time

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.new...l-2664649.html
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Old 06-13-2020, 11:43 AM
 
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Vegas is open, you can wear a mask and smoke at the same time

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.new...l-2664649.html
Well that sounds stupid and depressing and I want no part of it
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Old 06-13-2020, 11:46 AM
 
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Well that sounds stupid and depressing and I want no part of it
There’s a video of it in the link, pretty comical actually
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Old 06-13-2020, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Way up high
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I'm heading there tonight. I'll keep you posted on my gambling adventures!
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Old 06-13-2020, 01:18 PM
 
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Vegas is open, you can wear a mask and smoke at the same time

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.new...l-2664649.html
Yeah, I just got an e-mail from Costco Travel pushing bargains on trips to Las Vegas. No, thanks.
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Old 06-15-2020, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I have an old college buddy who had a cocaine addiction. After graduating he went to work for a very well known software company and made great money working as a consultant for them. He and his wife probably pull in over $180k a year.

He ended up buying a cigar shop which wasn't super successful and he slowly developed a gambling addiction. Last I heard he was asking my other college buddy for money because he refinanced his home out of any equity he had to pay off the cigar shop debt and used the remainder to gamble it away at the casino ($10k)... and lost. He needed money for food so my buddy gave him $500.
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Old 06-21-2020, 11:28 PM
 
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I'm a retired bookmaker. I have more gambling horror stories than I care to share.

What's the worst bad beat you can recall?
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Old 06-26-2020, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Cypress, CA
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Personally I avoid all people who gambles excessively including family members. They have nothing to add to your life. They will try to borrow money from you and lie to you. These are very broken people.
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