I don't often go to Casino's. It's not that I have a particular moral objection to them - I just prefer not to play a game where the odds are mathematically tilted against me. However I went to a casino recently (context to come later) and after doing so I now have new rules for myself about gabling generally.
My rules for entering gaming establishments
- I will never spend more than 2 hours in a gaming establishment
- I will never gamble more than $50 in a night
- I will never use a card of any sort in a gaming establishment (credit or debit)
- I will never enter a gaming establishment after drinking
...and now it's time for some context...
How did my personal rules for gambling come about?
I was at a bucks night recently (getting married seems to be the thing to do amongst my friends at the moment) which ended up at a casino after several hours of drinking. We left the casino to go elsewhere however ended up back at the casino later in the night.
Before I go into what I saw and experienced that night let me just say upfront that I did not lose thousands of dollars and this is not a post of regret. I bet $20, at one point in the night I was up $100 and I ended up down $10 at the end of the night.
When I looked around I was staggered at the amount being bet...and lost
I love people watching however people watching in a casino is one of the most depressing things I have ever done. I was just on the regular gaming floor (on the cheap tables I may add) but the amount of money being bet was still staggering.
I saw one man playing