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Is there legal gambling where you are? Are there casinos near you? If so, do you go to them to gamble? What's your game of choice?

If there is no legal gambling near you, would you be for or against it to eventually become legal?
 
Is there legal gambling where you are? Are there casinos near you? If so, do you go to them to gamble? What's your game of choice?

If there is no legal gambling near you, would you be for or against it to eventually become legal?
We have a casino a few towns over. When it was first proposed, there were a lot of protests, and petitions were signed, but it was built anyway. It has become a huge problem. We walked through there once, and the energy was very murky. I don't gamble; just an occasional lottery ticket.

If there was no legal gambling near me, I would be against it because of the kind of crowds it attracts. If I did gamble, I would probably try the slot machines because I am not familiar with a lot of the games there.
 
My grandparents, great grandparents were SP bookies so I grew up in a world of gambling plus working at clubs I was constantly around poker machines. I have no interest in gambling apart from the odd lottery ticket. I've seen bad things from gamblers not paying debts. I worked at a greyhound track as a greenkeeper for a while but was often offered money to water the track or not depending on what dog was running, it's all corrupt.
 
Is there legal gambling where you are? Are there casinos near you? If so, do you go to them to gamble? What's your game of choice?

If there is no legal gambling near you, would you be for or against it to eventually become legal?
I am about a half hour from Atlantic City (Frantic City). I try not to go there whatsoever...gambling or work lol. I did see from a distance other day there was a fire at one of the casinos. We did take our mom and dad to one of the casinos while they were up from Florida. I mostly stayed with my dad and helped him around in the wheelchair while he gambled. We did have a kickin' lunch while there.
 
There are some Indian Casinos not too far from me but I've never been to any. I used to go to a few nearby Indian Casinos when I was stationed in Texas, but the was 25+ years ago. My game was Blackjack and I was pretty decent. About 20%-30% of the time I would loose a bit or break about even, the other 70%-80% of the time I would 2X-3X my money. Lots of people gambling will say that they "have a system" for how they play with varying degrees of success. Well I had a system too, but mine was about how to manage my bets rather than the game play. Basically I kept track of how much I was winning vs how many hands I lost. Every 10-12 losing hands I would compare how much I won vs how much I lost in that time. I would then reset my "winning" number back to zero and keep a count of the next 10-12 loses. This helped to keep emotions out of it and treat the experience as a simple business accounting exercise, tracking profits and expenses at regular intervals.
 
Years ago my Peoria son took us to the Riverboat in IL. Can I just say the noise is overwhelming in those casinos?!!! And people...waaaay too many people for me to be comfy.

I was handed $50 in tokens and told to go for it. So, off to the slot machines I went, having no clue what I was doing. Hubs went for a Blackjack table. In one hour I was $100 ahead. Of course, hubs found out, came and "borrowed" my winnings to quickly lose it. Meanwhile, I found a quieter little cafe on board and got myself a latte and sat there to stop the ringing in my head and get away from people. And with that, my casino career ended.

Now, hand me a scratch off ticket for the lottery and I'll happily scratch alone!
 
I can relate, Debi! Way too many people and too much noise to deal with for long, in a casino!
 
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Is there legal gambling where you are? Are there casinos near you? If so, do you go to them to gamble? What's your game of choice?

If there is no legal gambling near you, would you be for or against it to eventually become legal?
Yes, it’s legal here. Yes, there are casino boats and regular land-based casinos. And yes, I do buy a Louisiana lotto which is over 1 million right now and an easy five twice a week, both Louisiana-based. Your odds are better when you play the games within your state as opposed to competing against the entire nation.
 
Casinos have been legal in Ohio for the last several years, but this is our first years for legal sports gambling. Aside from the odd slot machine every now and again, betting on college football is the only gambling I do. Have done OK this year, but yesterday was an "0 for" day.