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How are these places even legal?

Anonymous
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A friend of mine peer pressured me into going to a casino with her. That was the saddest place I've ever been to. Most of the customers were elderly and (I know I'm assuming) didn't look like they had much money to spend. My friend was broke, but I gave her a little since it was her birthday. I stopped when I was out of cash on hand, and she was up $40. I suggested she cash out while she was ahead, but she wanted to keep going until she reached +$50. We can all guess how that ended. The very next day she was complaining about her kids not having winter coats. I'm not a fan of policing morals, but I highly doubt people like her are few and far between. In fact, if I had to guess, I'm willing to bet that the bulk of casino revenue is from people who can't afford to lose the money.

It's just sad, sad, sad all around.
Posted by Anonymous on Nov. 24, 2017 at 2:21 PM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Nov. 24, 2017 at 2:23 PM

If it wasn't the casino, they'd spend it somewhere else.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Nov. 24, 2017 at 2:24 PM
And bars are sad for alcoholics.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 4 on Nov. 24, 2017 at 2:25 PM
We won close to $40k last time we went.



Meh.

Idiots are everywhere.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 5 on Nov. 24, 2017 at 2:26 PM
How is it sad it was what you both chose to do for a fun birthday. It's not any different than taking a gamble on good food at a restaurant or other things. Money flies no matter where you go. Neither of you sound like compulsive gamblers. I hate when poor people are labeled like this. You gave her money for her bday it's not like she gambled away their coat money.
lollip0p
by Ruby Member on Nov. 24, 2017 at 2:26 PM
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I doubt they were all 'peer pressured' into going.
Reading.Rainbow
by Mad Martigan on Nov. 24, 2017 at 2:27 PM

Casinos are there because they're fun...

It's the same reason arcades existed...

Anonymous
by Anonymous 6 on Nov. 24, 2017 at 2:28 PM
So none of your business!
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Nov. 24, 2017 at 2:32 PM
I didn't say they were. I said *I* was. I kept trying to suggest somewhere else, but she really wanted to go. It was the first time I've ever gambled, except for a couple lotto tickets when the jackpot was an insane newsworthy amount.

Quoting lollip0p: I doubt they were all 'peer pressured' into going.
lollip0p
by Ruby Member on Nov. 24, 2017 at 2:34 PM
Yeah but ur post implies all the poor people go and lose all their money to the bad casino owners and it's like u think they don't have a choice

Quoting Anonymous 1: I didn't say they were. I said *I* was. I kept trying to suggest somewhere else, but she really wanted to go. It was the first time I've ever gambled, except for a couple lotto tickets when the jackpot was an insane newsworthy amount.

Quoting lollip0p: I doubt they were all 'peer pressured' into going.
susannah2000
by Ruby Member on Nov. 24, 2017 at 2:38 PM

No one forces them to go. Why do you blame the casino for people choosing to spend their money there? Adults are in charge of their poor choices. As said, should all bars be banned because some people drink too much?

That being said, it does seem like the casino environment is different that it used to be, not that I am any great expert. I went to Reno and Sparks as a young adult with my folks, and it was alot of fun. In those days, you played with real money, and it is exciting to get a flood of coins, and really was when my dad won 100 silver dollars, with the bells and lights going off!! There were alot of different kind of games. I was trying to win a big California Raisin but alas... So I have been to a few casinos now, though not in Reno, and it's so different. It's all computerized, everything is on paper, and it does seem like people just sit and stare at the machines they are playing, pushing a button, kind of zombie like. I think it is kind of sad, but it's their choice.

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