There are plenty of people who enjoy gambling, but don’t love casinos. And that makes total sense. It’s hard to love a place if you’re the type to leave Las Vegas empty-handed. Most all of us can agree that there are some not-so-fun aspects of casinos that really grind our gears.
1 – The House Always Has an Edge
It isn’t a mystery that every game in a casino is tilted in the house’s favor. To put that more simply, the games are set up in a way where casino owners always win in the long run. It’s because they’re a business and have costs and employees to cover. Does that keep a player from coming back for more? Absolutely not.
People are drawn to these games due to the potential of high payouts, but you are inevitably going to lose more than you are going to win when playing these sorts of games. It’s always in your best interest to find out exactly what the odds are for each game and to try to play a game where the odds are at least fair.
A great example of this is blackjack. If you’re familiar with basic blackjack strategy, you can lower the house edge.
Licensing can influence the risk of your guaranteed loss. In a lot of countries, casinos need to have a license to operate. For the countries that do not require it, the player can run a higher risk of potentially being cheated by the casino since the casino isn’t being held to licensing standards.
If you choose to go to a casino, make sure it’s licensed! There is the possibility that you can leave with big winnings, but know that the odds are not typically in your favor.
2 – Smoky Environment
I’m not knocking smoking itself as an activity, but one has to admit that most people don’t enjoy a building filled with smoke from cigarettes.
Some casinos are older and have a strong odor of smoke that’s essentially disruptive to the environment and the people in it.
Smoking indoors has been somewhat mitigated in the state of Nevada, but you can still definitely find it in a lot of casinos. Fortunately, a few casinos have made an effort to get cigarettes out and turn their facilities into smoke-free facilities, but they are in the minority.
I think besides the obvious, secondhand smoke can be harmful to you. The real turn off is that casinos that have smoke in them are also serving food and drinks. I can tell you that a cigarette after a meal can be great, but a cigarette during a meal might not be the most pleasant.
Cigarette smoke drifting onto your food and into your drinks while you’re trying to enjoy yourself isn’t ideal for most people.
So, nothing against smoker, but in a casino, there isn’t anywhere else for the smoke to go. It might be a good idea to just take a quick smoke break outside and be courteous of all others.
3 – Drunk Patrons
Again, I have no problem with people who drink. In fact, I enjoy a few drinks myself from time to time, and I don’t have a problem with people getting drunk on their own time and enjoying themselves either.
But no one likes a sloppy drunk at a casino, especially one who is being disruptive and making things decidedly un-fun for everyone in the building.
I’m sure we all have friends who have acted like this in the past (if we haven’t done it ourselves at least once or twice), so we all understand that a single lousy drunk can be a handful.
Now, I’m sure you can only imagine an entire casino full of them. Casinos are notorious for handing out free drinks, and while yes, they’re probably watered down, you can still get drunk on watered down drinks. On top of that, plenty of people are buying drinks as they wander about.
If you get enough drunk fools together in a casino, you end up with fights, you end up with yelling and argument, and overall, you just end up with a bad time for the rest of us who are sober(ish) and trying to enjoy ourselves.
4 – Busy Crowds
When you walk into a Las Vegas casino, it can be so packed that it can be difficult to move around. I have a hard-enough time with navigating Vegas casinos in general, but being packed in a large noisy space shoulder to shoulder is not my favorite type of environment.
For people who don’t have anxiety issues in crowds, just being shoulder to shoulder next to a drunken stranger can be a pretty anxious experience. For those that love gambling but hate crowds, many will actually only play in the mornings, which doesn’t always eliminate the possibility that the place will be less crowded.
When you’re at a casino, the energy is very high. Most people have a drink in hand. For me, this kind of environment, with this many people that are under the influence, can create an atmosphere that feels nothing short of being in a wild jungle.
And even when it doesn’t, it just means that you’re constantly having to think about your wallet and your phone, about what people are doing around you, and you can’t really concentrate on the games themselves.
I can think of so many other ways I would like to spend my time. I hate large crowds, especially crowds filled with people are filled with way too much energy that don’t entirely match how you feel. You have people that have been losing for days straight that are projecting all kinds of negative energy into the casino. I could go on and on about this one, but we’ll just leave it at that.
5 – The Likeliness of Violence
This was one I had not really ever thought about until doing some extra research. Browsing various articles over this topic online, the most interesting were some stories I found here. Here is a short little excerpt from an interview with a casino receptionist.
One day, this massive guy—almost seven feet tall with a beer gut to match—decided to kick off at 8 AM in the morning. I should’ve known he was trouble when he came in—he had this really intense look on his face.
When he signed in to our computer, I noticed a yellow mark next to his name. Yellow ticks mean one of two things—you’re either a high roller or an aggressive cheater. He could have been either. He was allowed to play, but only on the condition that I notified the security staff. The chap had barely sat down before he started throwing massive sums of money around.
He was placing heavy bets all over the table. After a few consecutive losses, his mood turned, and he threatened to throw a metal ashtray at the dealer.
I found story after story of these sorts of encounters happening at casinos all over the US and Europe. It makes sense to me that these sorts of things would be pretty common. People losing all of their money can be a situation that arouses some pretty hefty emotions, and it is just a matter of time before someone finally explodes, which is another huge reason why you won’t find me spending my free time at my local casino.
Sure, casinos can be an interesting experience, but you’re probably much better off spending your time (and money) at a real money online casino in the comfort of your own home.
You won’t run into any crowds, you get to breathe your own air, and you’re less likely to encounter any sloppy drunks or aggressive gamblers. The best part is that you get to use online casino apps or visit gambling websites within seconds of grabbing your device. There’s no need to get dressed or drive somewhere just to get some gambling action in.
Most of the qualities that we hate about casinos that are listed here are avoidable at the best online gambling sites. Is there anything I left out that you hate about casinos? Let me know in the comments!