Michael Gerson: Our casino/government complex deserves more scrutiny

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  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 9:44 a.m.

    It's hypocritical to suggest you consider statecraft to be 'soulcraft' and come out against single payer health care. The very word soulcraft is kind of creepy and does not sound like the business of state.
    Howard has some good advice. I like the blackjack machines at the bar; the service is always attentive and if I lose my money I still usually come out ahead in free beer.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Sept. 22, 2013 1:28 a.m.

    Here's another way to look at gambling. And most of the time I follow my own advice.

    Take $20-100 tops.

    Consider it lost money.

    Play cards or dice. Slots are mind numbing. I like poker because you meet some real interesting people. You never meet interesting people playing slots.

    If you can play for a couple of hours consider it like entertainment or going to a movie. If you come out ahead, consider it a good night. How many times do you go out for dinner or go to a movie and maybe win or get your money back? Like never.

    Set a time limit or when you lose your money, you're done. That means when time is up, if you're ahead just leave.

    Again simple rules. Don't think you're going to win a million bucks. Do it for 2-3 hours or until your set money is done and get out. Don't expect to win. Play the games where you can meet some people. Slots are stupid.