Casino Gaming As Leisure

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  1. Frank Sanoica

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    Laughlin Nevada News
    An obscure overly-leveraged Co. (IMO), Golden Entertainment, now owns The huge, twin-towered Aquarius, the Edgewater next door, and the venerable Colorado Belle steamboat replica, all 3 in a row. In my mind, the Belle is most nostalgic of representing real huge boats which plied the river regularly before 1900. Rumor on the "Buzz" is they will raze the Belle! These folks must be marketing fools, making plenty of mistakes which will become apparent only down the road.
    First, they seem ignorant of the fact that folks go from casino to casino thinking the next might produce better results. Golden has now issued Players Cards common to all three houses! Proclaiming "Three great casinos, use the same card!" This I predict to be a gross error. The hordes of people previously present appear to be absent. Thus, past customers may not return; only new business might sustain them. Plans for replacement of the Belle sound grandiose, and might work, might. Would have to be a Vegas-type of extravaganza madness. Belle property spans quite a swath of riverfront, plenty of room.
    Edgewater, built early, is kind of dilapidated, having been "remodeled" over the years in moderate ways. My choice for elimination would be it. But wth do I know about big business? Anyway, I find the local business scheming more rewarding of scrutiny than the National Political Scene, which certainly is the more disgusting.
    Riverside, too, has become pretty outdated. Don Laughlin's aura seems to have always, and still does, tip the scales favorably; the place is crowded 7 days a week, year-round.
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    So, would you destroy this monument to human vanity?

    Frank
     
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    I think the riverboat looks cool, but I assume its survival is solely dependent upon whether or not it is producing a profit. My casino experience is somewhat limited, but what difference does it make about the single player card? It will be easier to keep up with one physical card than three...???

    We occasionally stop at the Hollywood Casino in Biloxi MS when traveling in our RV. They have a really nice campground and a golf-cart shuttle to the casino. We ride the shuttle over to enjoy the buffet. My husband likes to play a little poker and usually wins enough to pay for our trip. The casino comps the campground fees and a couple of buffets, so it's a nice freebie as far as we are concerned. We obviously are not the high rollers they'd like to snag, however. :D
     
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    I have visited too many casinos and I avoid them now as I do admit to a gambling addiction.
     
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    @Lois Winters

    "You can't win........

    If you don't play!"


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    Unfortunately, Frank, I don't walk away when I am winning.
     
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    @Lois Winters

    Few do. The occasional "hit" on a machine (our friend Vonda from Indiana "hit" a one-million coin payout on a machine at the Belle a few years ago, all pennies!) impresses subtle belief it will happen again.
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    Frank, I do not play on any machines at all. I either play craps or black jack.
     
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    Casinos are the saddest places I have ever been. Mostly populated by long faced seniors pumping their Social Security checks into the video games.
     
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    Most generally, I will win at least a hundred at a casino. However, our last casino/hotel visit, neither of us won a thing. It was an Indian Casino just outside Kansas City, MO. as we were driving to Colorado to live. Got our nice room at a military rate, but supper and breakfast buffet were definitely not something to write home about.

    When we lived in Colorado before, we went to both Black Hawk, in the Rockies, and flew to Las Vegas a couple of times. Won some money, playing $1 slots.

    When were are finally done with winter, we will rent a car and drive to Black Hawk again. Haven't been to that "city of casinos" since we've been back to Colorado.
    During two different visits to casino's in So California, we won money. At one casino in Temecula, I won $500 and used that money to buy a nice Olympus Digital Camera and case. That was in 2001. At the same casino in Temecula, wife won $200 at a $1 slot in the front of the casino and I won $200 at a $1 slot in the back of the casino. So, we left with $400. Completely paid for our trip there, including motel room.
     
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    @Cody Fousnaugh

    How often have you walked away with less than you started with?
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    Most of the time, we break even. I will win enough to cover for what my wife lost. However, there have been a few times, when we said to each other "time to quit" (at least for the time being) and went to our room or done something else. We don't keep shoveling money into a slot machine, like we see many do.

    We've actually seen slot players playing two or three slot machines at a time, with the coin trays full of $1 coins. This was before paper "pay-out" was printed out. Nowadays, slots don't drop coins into a coin tray.

    We will each have $200 to spend on slots. When that is gone, with little-to-no winnings...………..we stop.
     
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    I do not gamble at all. Played slots a few times but wised up when my coins got gobbled up. Luxurious casinos are built on a customer's money. Figure it out.
     
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    Well, it's called "luck" and many times I have enough of it when on a $1 slot, but I definitely don't get carried away when I'm losing. I get up and leave.
     
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    The few times I played slot machines I went with a fixed amount of coins. It was back when they had nickel slots. :D I just kept playing until all the nickels were gone.

    I suppose if I had ever hit a really big jackpot I might have quit early, but never did. Usually just win enough to keep going a little longer. I just considered it the price of entertainment. It was fun.
     
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    Whenever we went to a casino, like the Hard Rock in Tampa, there were lots and lots of Seniors playing penny, nickel and dime slots. Not as many playing quarter and very few playing dollar (or higher) slots. For me, unlike my wife, I prefer the dollar slots and sometimes the quarter ones. The penny, nickel and dime slots are very boring to me. Now, if I get on a dollar slot that I can play up to three dollars on, I will put a twenty dollar bill in and play all three, as in $1, $2 or $3, but won't continue with the $3 bet. Will jump in-between all three. The time I won $500, I bet $3 and the other times I won $200, I bet $2. If I lose my $20, many times I will go to another $1 slot and put in another $20. I never play a slot that shows a rather large winner payout just happened.
     
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