March 26, 2009
Given we're headed to Vegas today, we thought we'd remind ourself how addictive those amazing slot machines can be. Video slot machines have come to be known as the "crack cocaine" of the gambling industry, and we agree somewhat. Click on through for the full read, but know your limits and only bring what you're willing to lose.
The mechanical wheels of spinning fruit used in the old one-armed bandits have gone the way of the typewriter. Modern-day slot machines are computerized sound-and-light shows so skillfully designed to keep players glued to their seats that some have been known to wear adult diapers to avoid bathroom breaks.
As state Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill promotes the idea of licensing three slot parlors in Massachusetts, some mental health and gambling specialists warn that the newer machines deliver such potent gambling highs that they can be particularly addictive.
At Critics see video slots as a particularly addictive form of gambling
March 20, 2009
A great article that shows with a little dialing down of the amenities, you can still make money from slots and entertain some people. We think Massachusetts should look into something similar.
It's a little past 6 o'clock on a vanilla Monday night in March and Philadelphia Park is slammed. There are men in sweat suits, women with cigarettes dangling from their mouths, senior citizens with canes - all hoping the numbers and symbols on the screens in front of them match up just right.
They haven't come for the $3.50 hot dog at Grab-N-Go. They're not here to shop at the only store on the premises, a gift shop selling candy, cigarettes, and hats.
Read more at The Boston Globe
March 13, 2009
How about some good news? Wait - how about some great news? A woman playing a slot machine at a casino in Florence, OR won $5 million last Friday night. That's right - pull the lever - $5 million bucks.
The woman, who chose to remain anonymous, had been playing the Penny Wheel of Fortune machine at Three Rivers Casino and Hotel.
According to the casino, the woman initially thought she won $60 or possibly $600 when three Wheel of Fortune symbols lined up. The machine indicated she should call an attendant.
A casino spokesman said the woman had been in the casino for less than an hour and won the $5 million using a $4 bet.
Full Read at Ore. Woman Wins $5 Million On Slot Machine
March 6, 2009
Looks like Colorado has some casino jobs, but are they even a safe bet in these tough economic times. Let's hope so. The big thing with any downturn is being flexible in the work you can find and going for it. Let's hope some of these unemployed get these jobs, and find them interesting.
Sometimes the best way to roll with the punches is to roll the dice.
That's Jerry Goldsmith's attitude. The Colorado man lost his engineering job of 29 years -- and the six-figure salary that went with it -- and is now applying for a casino job dealing craps, blackjack, roulette and poker.
Full Read at Unemployed place their bets on casino jobs - CNN.com