"Deal"ing with reality

Just a lil slice of life from a casino dealer's perspective.

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Location: Edgerton, Missouri, United States

I grew up in a small town, and live in small town now. Like to think I have more than a small town mind, but I doubt it.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Of Mice and Men

Some people wouldn't get the hint if you nailed it to a 2x4 and whapped them upside the head with it. I mean, how many times do you need to smash someone's head into a brick wall before they stop putting themselves in your hands. Even cute little lab mice have the sense to stop pushing the red button after they have been shocked a few times.

Over the last week I have seen a number of people losing money over and over again and again. After losing all their chips in a small number of hands, they pull out more money and get more chips. Only to lose them just as fast, if not faster.

I can understand the desire to attempt to gain back money lost. But spending $300-$400 to try and get back the first $100 lost seems a little ridiculous to me. Even Wile E. Coyote has better odds chasing that silly bird.

Most people do win now and then and offset their marathon losses. It's the true masochists that come back night after night padding the casino's profit margin. I do feel kind of bad for them as they hand over another stack of bills, putting their total losses at over $10,000 for the week. I also feel a little pity for them after taking so much time from them that could have been better spent doing something more productive. Like watching paint dry or teaching monkeys to type. My guilt and pity are overridden by the fact they are keeping my paycheck from bouncing.


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