What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas… unless you lose your life savings. That comes with you. Sure, for most people Las Vegas looks enticing. The glam the glitter, and the girls are all appealing. (And the buffets are even better.) But even Frank Sinatra sings about the “glory” days of Vegas not being so glorious. Here are 17 things that the casinos don’t want you to know. Some of them are pretty shocking…
1. In the first fifteen years Atlantic city had casinos, violent crime rose by 199% and larceny skyrocketed 481%.
2. Two-thirds of gambling addicts eventually turn to crime to finance their habits.
3. Casinos are designed like a giant labyrinth intentionally to get you lost so you never leave.
4. Free drinks keep you sloppy, drunk and bold.
5. Free meals and show tickets are intended to keep you in the casino so you will gamble longer.
6. Casinos specialize in games that produce near wins (like black jack and slot machines) but ultimately take your money in the long run.
7. Food and bathrooms are located deep in the casinos, preventing you from escaping.
8. The lighting in casinos is made to look like your living room, so as to make you more comfortable and calm.
9. The Judaic and Catholic faiths have condoned gambling in the past.
10. Casinos purposefully put shiny lights all over the place to imply that everyone is winning (they are usually not).
11. There are no clocks and rarely any windows in casinos, keeping the gamblers from worrying about how long they are gambling.
12. Keeping track of previous results will not help you figure out the next results. (It’s all random!)
13. Knowing a game well will not increase your chances of winning by much. It’s mostly chance.
14. You will not win your money back just from paying long enough.
15. Gambling has been around since prehistoric times.
16. Just because you gamble more, it doesn’t mean you will have a big win.
17. Only 9% of California’s Native Americans benefit from casinos.
Oh, also Atlantic City smells bad. That’s another fact I just gathered on my own as a boy vacationing on the Jersey Shore just down the ways from Atlantic City. Just my input, but I can’t imagine Las Vegas smells any better.