Should We Hate Casinos?

Many professional gamblers view the casino as the enemy. They justify it by listing all of the things casinos do in order to take people’s money. Ever notice no windows or clocks in a casino?  Why is that?  It’s so people lose track of time and stay in the casino for as long as possible.   It’s so nice of the casino to provide us with free alcohol. Ever gamble drunk? More often than not, when you’re impaired from alcohol you will make decisions that you will regret the next day. That’s the casinos hope and intention behind providing free alcohol, not because they’re a gracious host.

“Casinos and prostitutes have the same thing in common; they are both trying to screw you out of your money and send you home with a smile on your face.”

Every aspect of a casino is designed to get the most money from each individual who walks into that casino. There’s a reason for everything they do, with the goal being to maximize profits. If you are a skilled advantage player or even just a lucky player, if you win on a consistent basis the casino HATES YOU. The question is should you hate them?

Many take the approach that it’s “Good” vs. “Evil”, David vs Goliath, they are the Robin Hoods of our time. Everytime they step into a casino they are going to war against an evil enemy.

Casino Worker #1: “What do you call a guy who can’t control his gambling habit”  Casino Worker #2: “A Good Customer.”

Some have a different approach. Ian Anderson wrote in “Burning the Tables in Las Vegas”, that he tries to make friends with everyone in the casino. He views the casino as a place that allows him to make money, so he tries to be as courteous as possible and develop personal relationships. He feels that by doing this the casino will be less likely to kick him out because he is considered a “Friend.”

Personally I view casinos as just another business that has one main objective, make as much money as possible. I do not hate the individuals who run the casinos, but I do view many of the tactics used by the casino industry as sleazy. Ever hear of check cashing bonuses? Bring your paycheck directly to the casino to have it cashed and they will give you some type of bonus. They know full well that by cashing that check at the casino, there is a good chance that a person will spend their entire check at that casino, and not have any left to pay bills. They could care less. Now I don’t want to get into a discussion about personal responsibility because it is up to the individual to make smart decisions, but they do everything in their power to persuade the individual into poor choices. Remember the alcohol? You cash your paycheck at the casino, have a few drinks, next thing you know you wake up the next morning without a dime in your pocket to pay bills. To me that’s sleazy. To casinos that’s maximizing profits.

As I’ve learned more and more about the tactics used by casinos and their lack of concern for anything other than the bottom line, does give me a negative view of them.  Anybody who can take their money, I am happy for.  There is one exception, those who cheat. If you cheat I have no respect for you. Casinos will try to have people believe that card counters or shuffle trackers are cheats, which is ridiculous, but that’s a discussion for another day.

That all being said, I also ask myself, “Are casinos any different than any other business”?  Most often the answer is no.

About Greg Elder

I was 37 years old, a husband and father, a former teacher, college and high school basketball coach, and a business owner, I decided to give it all up (Not the husband and father part) to take a shot at pro gambling. I was coming off a job I hated selling insurance, and I vowed to do something I was passionate about. For the next year I would spend 12-15 hours a day researching, studying, and practicing advantage gambling techniques. The goal was to see if I could sustain our current lifestyle as a professional gambler. I wanted to find out if casinos really could be beat. At the time, I thought it may be the biggest mistake of my life, but my intentions were to have fun trying. It has been an interesting few years since that journey began. My feature book GAMBLERS FIGHT BACK has been released and can be purchased on my author site at I would consider my pro gambling career to be a success on all fronts. I didn't win millions of dollars, but I was able to enjoy every minute of it. It brought an excitement and passion back into my professional life. It has helped lead me to a writing career that I had no idea I even wanted before this challenge. I was able to write a book that shared with others exactly what I learned along the way.. Gambling professionally is not easy, but there are certain things the average gambler can do to increase their chances of success tremendously. That's the information I try to pass along to my readers.

4 Responses to “Should We Hate Casinos?”

  1. Getting ready to go to Biloxi with guys. Hanging out in the Casinos with the Butler family. Should be a good night

  2. I agree with most of your points, but a couple of require to be discussed further, I will hold a small talk with my partners and perhaps I will look for you some suggestion soon.

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