"John W. Bienko" <***@FreeNet.Carleton.CA> wrote
in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org...
> The introduction of gambling in Hawai`i is..
> like mixing fire with water.
Let us try to once again, as we speak there IS
gambling in Hawaii. So, if it is "mixing fire
with water" that "mixing" has been going on for as
long as I have been alive.
> The gambling operations will add ZERO to the
Last time I was in Las Vegas, I remarked to my
wife as we were driving out of town, do you know
of anyplace in the world, were they take perfectly
good multi-million dollar hotels, destroy it, only
to put in its place billion dollar hotels in its
place? Let me see, the demolition team certainly
made money, albiet they were probably all out of
staters. Those in the construction industry, who
had to build those new hotels certainly made
money. Those who had to work in those billion
dollar hotels, certainly made money, being
employed in those hotels, and since the hotels
were bigger, that meant they needed even more
employees, than they previously had. All those
companies and individuals who cater to the needs
of the hotel certainly made money. It would be
interesting to know who has the more vibrant
economy, Neveda, or Hawaii....anyone know the
> and in fact take away more than apparent from
> totality of the living standards currently being
> by the very lucky resisdents of Hawai`i.
Those of us who live in Hawaii, live in a relative
environmental heaven. Las egas is a desert, gets
really hot during the summer, and quite cold
during the winter. But that has more to do with
location, then anything else. As for the totality
of living standards, I suppose that depends on
what that "totality" includes.
> What does occurr is a transfer of wealth form
> middle and poor classes to the operators of the
> casinos and to the government which takes a
> of the betting dollars. Then the casino
> operators take
> the operator's percentage.
Again, casinos and their hotel operations require
a whole lot of people to keep that operation
humming. Those people earn a pretty good living,
at least in Las Vegas. And I would suspect, you
will not hear any complaints from those who have a
job because of the needs of those hotels and
> The remaining pot .. about 25% of the total
> amount bet
> is shared by the gamblers. Not a very attractive
> on the amount of one's bet.
Someone once made a very interesting observation.
That was, gamblers do not expect to win, but
really expect to lose. I would imagine, very few
gamblers expect to win when they go to places like
Las Vegas. They "hope" they will win, but they do
not "expect to win". If that is the case, then
gamblers do not "expect" any return for their bet,
they only "hope" to get some return on their bet.
Besides, like a race car driver, or a sky diver,
it is the "thrill" of the sport that drives people
to enjoy an activity. Those rare occassions when
I am riding a "hot" crap table is one of the great
joys of my life. And it probably is even a more
enjoyable event, because it happens so rarely.
> The attraction is the Jackpot .. a one in a
> million chance..
> and the adrenalin rush..
> For the majority of the gamblers the experience
> will end
> in substantial monetary losses.. and resulting
> and physical deterioration.
Anyone who goes to a casino to "win" is a damn
fool, because the odds are against you.
> Gamblers can never be winners.. the odds are
> against them by the gambling system and
> government rake-offs.
> There ar emany better ways to spend one's hard
> money... health.. education.. living standards..
> the arts..
> public works.. donations to the
In the long run that is a true statement, but it
sure is a kick in the pants, when you are a
winner, especially when you win a whole lot more
than you thought you would win. As for how one
spends their money, and what enjoyment they get
from their spending, that sort of depends on our
own personal priorities, and what we consider
important. Obviously, you think the priorities
you believe are important are important to you,
that does not mean it is importrant to others.