Free alcohol at casinos
Player: “Fhuckkkkkaaattt I’m goin alllllllllllllllllllllll in”
Dealer: “Sir, this is craps.”
The concept of feeding people mass amounts of free alcohol while gambling is really kind of crazy. For it is not simplistic, but rather, bittersweet in a sense—depending on how you’re looking at it. Additionally, it is a rather unique notion, since there is next to nowhere else in society where you can just walk in somewhere and drink fo’ free.
What is not up for analysis is the psychology behind why they do it. I mean, I’m sure it costs them a shitload to pass drinks around like they’re going out of style, but it probably costs them more not to. Naturally, they assume that the drunker you are, the more loosey goosey you’ll be with your money, throwing it all around like you’ve got plenty to spare (whether or not you actually do), and informing everybody about your drunken gaming strategies:
“You know whaa? I say PUT em. PUT all your eggs in one box. Go..go for that gold wall sunshine…gimmeya $800 ’10′ and…while yerrr at it…give the dealers a $1000 hard ’8′”
Consequently, it pisses me off when they convert your money into chips and say “Good luck miss.” Um oh, really? You want me to beat the pants off of you? Because I’m pretty sure you want to distract me, warn me, and battle me so that I won’t. They all seem awfully excited when someone rolls a ’7′ and they get to snatch all your money off the table and stack it up. I guess it’s just part of the whole “game.”
Mind you, I do enjoy a trip to Foxwoods, the craps table, and the free drinks that go along with it all. I also like getting Yankee Candles with my card points. It sorta feels free…just like they want you to think, haha. A few times ago, I drank myself to quite a heavy buzz (the “free” thing is really a great deal…six dollars in total for tipping the waitress is pretty fab for six alcoholic bevs) and threw the dice like a fuckin champ. Did it take me a little while longer to place my bets because I kind of couldn’t see the numbers? Did I bet a leeeettle bit more than usual? Yupppp. But, luckily I won.
The difference is, I went with only $100 bucks in my pocket and the mindset that if I lost it, I would be okay with it. You honestly have to feel bad for the people who can’t really see the whole picture. I mean, doesn’t it dawn on them when they drive up to this gaudily majestic building that it had to be funded SOMEHOW? As in, hmmm I wonder how.
So yea, when properly taken advantage of, it’s great. Especially if you can automatically glue your wallet shut when you start seeing five bars instead of three on your little con-job slot machine. I guess you just have to be controlled, drink to your heart’s desire, and gamble with only the amount you’re okay losing for fun.
Otherwise, those “free drinks” could end up being quite expensive.
(I’m aware that this ended like a public service announcement )