|going to casinos is irrational if the happiness gained from playing is less than that which could otherwise have been gained with the time /(likely) money lost.|
i see only two types of people who can rationally go play at a casino: card counters, and expert poker players (going to a poker room).
i suppose some people may consider it to be a happy event. if so, then it may not be irrational for them to go. for me, it would be tainted by the waste of money, and the seeming idiocy of it.
when i went to las vegas last, it was with my father and brother (we were passing through), and he asked what i thought of it (with all the lights, and the neat looking buildings). i said: "it's a town built on stupidity". i mean, it is very pretty, but it's one big monument to irrationality.
also, the set up at the casinos is rotten. they try to keep you at those tables, shelling out money, for as long as they can. i remember, my dad and i were waiting for a table at a restaurant, and he decided to play a little craps, and finally when the table was ready, he wasn't back.
so i went over to the table, it was very crowded, and i called over to him. he didn't hear me, but the guy running the table asked to see my i.d. i told him i wasn't 21, i was just trying to get my dad. he tried to get me to leave, and started moving towards me.
i shouted out "dad!!" and finally he looked up. i forget why i hadn't gone to the other side of the table where he was. i think the manuvering room was bad or something.
also, so i hear, you can get chips anywhere, but in order to cash out, you have to wait in big long lines..
also, i do not think gambling should be banned. i also agree that the gov't should have no part in gambling.
it's amusing that the gov't has a law against running a lottery. do as i say...?