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25 Sep 2013

Gambling and Parenting - Part 1

I am deeply saddened when I walk into casinos and see so many people, pouring their hard-earned money into the pockets of the casino owners. I received some free movie tickets as a thank you, for a talk I did on parenting at a school a while ago. The only cinema at which I could redeem them is in casino; hence my having to go to the casino. I always look around while there and I’m astounded by the sheer volume of money being wasted.

Here are some of the facts about casinos.
•    There are no windows, hence no natural light
•    Casinos are just about sound proof
•    The constant “ding, ding, ding” noises are distracting and almost hypnotic

All the above, and more (much, much more), means casinos actively create their own microenvironment. In addition, casino operators control just about every aspect of the sensory input, and they’ve designed it all to distract you.

None of the above seems that significant on its own. However, when they combine it all it’s a different story. In addition, casino owners make sure there are no clocks in there, so they can appear to make time stand still. There is a stigma in society that gambling, alcohol etc. is for the ‘night time.’ Therefore, if casinos can create the illusion of night time, by distracting you from the real time, there is more chance that you’ll continue to spend (lose) money, even at ten in the morning.

I wrote the word ‘lose’ in the above sentence because the casinos have rigged every ‘opportunity’ in a casino to make the casino win. Professional mathematicians studied the odds and designed the games so that people win just enough so that they think they have a chance, but lose just enough so that the casinos make bucket loads of money. Ask yourself this, “Have you ever seen a poor casino?” Don’t you think there’s a reason for that?

The message about parenting is in part 2.

Gambling and Parenting - Part 2

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  1. Thanks Christy.
    I apprecaite that.
    There will be a follow up tomorrow, with something about parenting :)
    But now, it's bed time.