Growing Old Gambling

Growing Old Gambling


(gentle music)
(slot machines
chime in background)
VOICEOVER: If you gamble,
know the warning signs.
(chip rattles)
Know the risks.
(electronics hum)
(rattlesnake rattles)
betcareful.com
(quiet, intense music)
NARRATOR: These slots are not
your grandma’s
one-armed bandits.
Today’s casino games are
interactive and immersive.
Casino gambling is
moving to the next level.
DR. ROBERT HUNTER: The ability
to gamble on your phone,
the ability to gamble
through your TV set,
that makes me a little nervous,
just because that’s
never happened before.
JERRY BAUERKEMPER: My prediction
is in the next 10 or 15 years,
our millennial’s will
be out of the casinos
and on the phones gambling.
But our older adults are
still, they’re land-based,
they’re walls-and-concrete
gamblers.
ELIZABETH: I won a jackpot
of $35,000 one time.
It was always the draw
of, can it happen again?
It did, it does.
And so that kept me going.
NARRATOR: As the
gambling industry
zeroes in on millennial’s,
older players continue to
put millions into a proven,
highly addictive technology,
the slot machine.
BAUERKEMPER: The odds are so
much stacked against you.
ELIZABETH:
I pretty much started dipping
into my 401K at age 59 1/2.
I’ll be 63 next month.
NARRATOR: Gambling is
fun entertainment for most.
But for those that are
addicted, it can be destructive.
BAUERKEMPER: If you’re a
million dollars in,
is there a jackpot out
there that you can win
that’s gonna get you out
from underneath that?
Then you have to
take bigger bets,
and so you get
deeper and deeper.
DON FEENEY: You can make the
argument that the generation
that is most susceptible
for develop gambling
as a problematic behavior
are baby boomers.
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JERRY BAUERKEMPER:
Older adults have more time,
more resources,
than younger adults,
and they are more willing
to go places, socially.
Young people are
stuck on their phone.
That’s how they socialize.
They play games, they talk
to each other with Twitter.
Older adults many
times use casinos,
bingo parlors, keno
places, as social places.
It’s a place to go,
it’s my night out.
Wouldn’t you go someplace
where everyone was like you?
And so they’re all
congregating there.
(slot game chimes)
(upbeat tropical music)
NARRATOR: Online
video slots are
gaining popularity with
today’s older adults.
Slots consistently ranked
in the top 10 in app stores.
Social games offer free play,
and entice users
to pay for extras.
Social casino games
have a $3.4 billion
emerging market, according
to industry research.
Free games, like Candy
Crush and Angry Birds,
seem destined for the
casino betting floor.
BAUERKEMPER: The next
hybrid of gambling will be
kind of a mix between
gaming, the Candy Crushes,
and gambling, the
online, you know,
slot machines, or the
online poker games.
We’re morphing to a
game where casinos
can have it on their
floor, and on their apps,
and so we’re moving slowly
from buildings to phones.
As we all get more comfortable,
and I’m in that older
adult age, 55 and older,
I’m getting more
and more comfortable
using my phone for everything.
And so, it’s not a
big step as we age,
and as basically the
apps get easier to use,
we will make that
transition to your phone.
And people will be able
to lose their lives,
their financial and emotional
and physical lives,
while looking at an app.
NARRATOR: Jerry Bauerkemper
runs a 24-hour
gamblers’ hotline.
BAUERKEMPER: We have people
that answer the phone,
in the offices, and then we
have people in the evening
that are doing it
out of their home.
We have multiple
lines, and so you’re
not gonna get a busy signal.
In fact, I got the
2am call last night.
And then we will
immediately call
connect them with a counselor.
And so, they will get someone
who knows about gambling,
who works with gamblers,
absolutely that minute.
ELIZABETH:
I had a moment of crisis.
I was thinking of
committing suicide
because I had ran out
of money to pay rent.
I had no money to pay my credit
cards, my cell phone bill.
I had written bad checks.
So I felt hopeless,
totally hopeless.
I’m pulling my hair out because
I just wanted to kill myself.
I just had this awful
feeling that I had to do it,
and I had two ways
to do it even,
two ways that I was
thinking of doing it.
And then I decided to
call the 1-800-BETSOFF.
And they took me to the hospital
where I stayed for five days.
(vehicle driving past hospital)
NARRATOR: Elizabeth
is an actuary
for a major Nebraska
insurance firm.
Her job is to mathematically
measure and manage risk.
ELIZABETH: Roughly 19 years
that I’ve lived in Lincoln,
probably didn’t go to
the casinos at all,
didn’t even know they
existed out there.
Kind of pretended like, big
deal, I’d rather go to Vegas.
NARRATOR: Total
Rewards is the nation’s
most popular casino and
entertainment loyalty program.
ELIZABETH:
Got lured in with the coupons
that they used to give you.
You’d have to show up with them,
and they would give you cash
or tickets to put
in the machines.
And the amount of times that
we went started to increase.
The amounts that I
started gambling with
increased from pennies,
nickels, to quarters,
to dollars, to five dollars,
to $25 slot machines.
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A constant march to the casino,
and I would go in the
middle of the night
after everybody was asleep.
I pretty much started dipping
into my 401K at age 59 1/2.
I’ll be 63 next month.
So I’ve had a couple
of years where
I’ve been able to
drain that account,
which probably had close to
$500,000, if not more, in it.
I also drained an
annuity and an IRA.
So probably close to
$750,000, if not more.
I was playing
thousands of dollars,
maxing out on my credit cards.
And if I won, I
would put the money
back in that week,
and then go back
to the casino the
following week,
and withdraw that same $2,000,
or whatever cash
allowance that I had,
and put that back
in the machine.
Sometimes I would be
able to pay it off,
and sometimes I would not
be able to pay it off.
I am a Seven Star player.
I got all of the VIP treatments,
gifts, and things
of that nature.
I would get coupons
for three nights
free at one of the hotels.
Then there would
also be nights where
you would win extra tier points,
which can translate
to cash later on.
NARRATOR: With counseling,
Elizabeth requested
self-exclusion
from Iowa casinos.
This lifetime ban
is irrevocable,
yet it does not include
Iowa’s tribal casinos.
ELIZABETH: Well, I first blame
myself for being so stupid.
Secondly I do blame
the government
for making it a legal entity,
which at this point
in time in the history
of gambling is
impossible to burn down.
And third, yes, I do
believe the casino
enabled me to some degree, yes.
By offering me all these perks.
(traffic rumbles)
CAROL O’HARE: I think we as
people in recovery,
we owe something to those
who are still struggling.
O’HARE: That one.
NARRATOR: Carol O’Hare
is the Executive Director
of the Nevada Council on
Problem Gambling in Las Vegas,
a crisis intervention
and referral group.
O’HARE: Recovery is a
day-at-a-time process.
But it’s a forever process.
By day, I sold
computers for a living
and explained to
intelligent adults
how you can’t be smarter
than that microchip,
and how the computer is
operating on a nanosecond,
and you can’t be smarter
than the computer.
And I would get off work,
and proceed right to
my local gaming
establishment and sit down
in front of a computer,
a video poker machine,
that somehow in that
moment, I thought I could
be smarter than the
nanosecond and the microchip.
It’s a very insidious addiction.
It hijacks everything
that is logical
and sane about your
thinking, and causes you
to act in the most
illogical, insane way.
When you look
specifically at women,
when you look at older women,
I can tell you that their
faces look very similar.
They typically are women who,
they’ve raised their
family, they’ve,
you know, they’ve had
the successful career,
they’ve had the good
marriage, but as you know,
once we get older, you
know, life can get tougher.
And when you start
to experience losses,
sort of the perfect
storm that can happen,
and particularly in a
community like Vegas
where people may
come here to retire.
NARRATOR: Las Vegas is a
top retirement destination,
with 24-hour gambling
fun near you.
O’HARE: So you
work your whole life,
you’ve got this great plan,
you executed the plan,
you raised your family,
you come to Las Vegas,
you move into a great
retirement community,
you and your spouse,
and you’re gonna
live out your golden years.
And then one of you has
a catastrophic illness.
Maybe one of you dies.
Suddenly you have this
person whose golden year plan
has been taken out
from under them.
ANNA: I was a teacher
in Colorado Springs,
and so I had saved quite
a bit of money there,
’cause there’s not a lot
of gambling or anything.
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ANNA: So I moved down here
with my daughter,
and that was my main purpose,
was to move here and gamble.
I’m 77 years old, and my game
of choice was video poker.
First started off as
the nickel machines,
and then quarters,
and then I decided,
OK, I’ll try the penny
machines, you know.
But you can’t win
unless you do the max.
It’s gonna take all my money,
and then I’m going to wind
up tryin’ to find ways
to pay bills and all that
kind of, just misery.
But I couldn’t stop.
Just, I don’t know why, what was
goin’ on, you know, I would say,
“This is horrible, why
are you doin’ this?”
But then I would
still just go do it.
“Well, I get $100,
and maybe I won’t
“pay that bill now,
but maybe I’ll just
“pay the late fees,
and I’ll do this.”
But, oh, it’s awful.
I had about $50,000
or $60,000 saved,
so when I moved down here, I
proceeded to lose all of that.
DR. ROBERT HUNTER: She’s a
prototypical senior patient.
She moved here because she
was attracted to gambling,
and then her gambling
slipped off the rails.
The average age of gamblers in
Las Vegas is creepin’ up and up.
It’s interesting, though,
that a significant percentage,
actually over
30% of my patients here
at the Problem Gambling Center,
are over 51 years of age.
So it’s not like this
is a small group.
I’m the founder and director
of the Problem Gambling Center.
We arguably are the largest
gambling clinic in the country.
Certainly one of the oldest.
There are four or five percent
of the population
that gambles that
just can’t gamble, in
the same way there’s
a percentage of people
that just can’t drink.
The neurobiology of addiction
is really freakishly similar.
My patients gambling on
brain scans look like
alcoholics drunk, look
like addicts on pain pills.
It’s the same switch
that gets thrown.
The manifestation
of the illness is
a little bit different
for gamblers, though.
It’s a little more devilish,
because of that
chase phenomenon.
“Well, I’m in trouble,
but the only way
“to solve the trouble is
to do some more of this.”
“This which is killin’ me is the
“only thing that’ll fix me,
“so lemme go get my
rent money to win back
“my car money, lemme go
get my 401K money…”
It’s that progressive…
I’ve never had a
late-stage alcoholic say,
“If I get drunk just
right, my liver will heal.”
But my patients sincerely say,
“If I could just get $1,000,
I’d win back my 401K.”
The overwhelming percentage
of problem gamblers
that are female
play video machines.
I think the addiction
is in the individual,
not in the game, but they are
the game of choice
for my gamblers.
Because my gamblers aren’t
really lookin’ for fun
or excitement or money,
they’re lookin’ for escape.
And the machine is a
good avenue for escape.
ANNA: Go to G.A.,
or just you know,
a program like this,
anything to help yourself.
Because it’s going to get
worse and worse and worse,
and you know, some
people actually,
’cause I was actually
getting to think,
“Oh, suicide,” you know,
“I’ve gotta get rid
“of myself, I can’t
do this anymore.”
And “I hate feeling this way.”
So get help.
O’HARE: You can never be too
old to get this addiction,
but you can also never be
too old to get the recovery,
and that’s really the message
that we need them to hear.
JERRY BAUERKEMPER:
Most people think the only
form of gambling is casinos.
Almost 50% of them
have a gambling problem
that is not casino-based.
Sports gambling,
scratch-offs,
keno.
A person last night called
on our helpline at 2am,
68-year-old male,
middle of our state,
who is a keno player, but
he’s also a horse player.
So he calls our
helpline, and he doesn’t
go to a casino, he
never goes to a casino.
And yet he’s calling us at
two in the morning saying,
you know, “This is,
it’s over my head.
“And I’m in big trouble.”
(crowd chatters softly)
BAUERKEMPER: First of
all I train counselors.
I do a lot of
training around how
counselors should
work with gamblers.
I wanna concentrate a little
bit on the moral reasoning.
Man walked into my office and
said, “I need gambling help.”
And he said, “I robbed
people to get gambling money,
“only this last time,
when I was robbing them,
“the person I robbed fell
in front of a train.”
BAUERKEMPER: Hey, my friend.
NARRATOR: Addiction
treatment specialists
in the region are
here for training at the
Wisconsin Council on
Problem Gambling Conference
in Elkhart
Lake, Wisconsin.
In the 1990’s,
state-sponsored lottery
and native
American-owned casinos
were introduced to Wisconsin.
Today, statistics
suggest 333,000
state residents have
a gambling problem.
Seniors and adolescents
have the highest risk
of developing a
gambling addiction.
The average age of
female gamblers calling
the Wisconsin gambling
helpline is 64 years old.
BAUERKEMPER:
There’s a lot of people
workin’ with alcohol and drugs.
There’s a lot of people working
with bipolars and depressions.
There’s not a lot
of people working
with people who have
gambling issues.
They sit in the shadows, and
they suffer by themselves.
And they don’t have to.
And so my goal is to
bring them out, and say,
you know, “There’s hope and
there’s help for you too.”
GAMBLING AD: You could
win $1,00 a day for life!
DON FEENEY: You can
make the argument that
the generation that
is most susceptible
for develop gambling
as a problematic
behavior are the baby boomers.
When I started looking
at the risk factors
for gambling addiction,
they seemed to me
to be concentrated
in baby boomers.
Isolation, the sense
of guilt, stigma,
forbidden fruit, you
know, the more repetitive
forms of gambling
where you can drop
an awful lot of money
very, very quickly,
seem to be where the baby
boomers’ preferences lie.
Older gamblers seem
to be much more
drawn to the big jackpot games.
You know, the billion-dollar
jackpot holes,
much more appeal to them,
the fantasy of that.
It’s become a very interesting
challenge for the…
lottery industry to look at,
how do we remain
a long-term, viable
source of generating
income for state programs?
LITTLE GIRL: Lottery!
Do you hear me!?!?!
Lottery!
FEENEY: One of the things that
we try to do is tell parents,
please don’t give your
kids lottery tickets
as gifts, particularly
at Christmas.
It’s just not a good idea.
A big indicator of
developing a gambling problem
isn’t so much what
gambling activity you do,
it’s the number of different
gambling activities that you do.
So people who find themselves
in treatment programs
are people who are
buying lottery tickets,
and playing slot
machines, and maybe
playing cards at the
casino while they’re at it,
and then gambling when
they go out to the bar.
KEVIN: I just lost control.
I don’t know.
I couldn’t stop.
I did just about anything.
It was growing to
the point where
I was lookin’ for
things to gamble with.
I mean pull-tabs and stuff,
I never did any of that.
But it was to the
point where I’d
go out to the bar
just to do that.
And I knew it was
a waste of time,
I knew it was a waste of
money, but I’d still do it.
Cleared out the last of my 401K,
but I had before
that, I borrowed
some money from
my brother-in-law.
I promised him that I would
give him his money back
when I got the check
from that 401K.
I didn’t go and give
him his money back.
I went right straight
to the casino.
And tried to win more.
I knew I needed help, and
I couldn’t manage anything.
I went to a hospital, and
I seen the security guys
out in the parking
lot, and said,
“Where do you go if you just
don’t wanna live anymore?”
It’s just that, I was hopeless.
He showed me to the
emergency room,
and I spent a couple of
days in a psych ward.
(gentle piano music)
They made the phone call
to Project Turnabout.
(gentle piano music)
What I learned was,
that people were
a lot like me, and
I wasn’t alone.
(gentle piano music)
NARRATOR: Protected by
prairie grass and granite,
Project Turnabout in
Granite Falls, Minnesota,
is a non-profit,
122-bed in-patient campus
focused on the
treatment of addiction.
ZANA BLOMBERG: This is your
safe place to share your story.
This quilt was made by
past peers and alumni.
SHERYL ANDERSON: We’re an
inpatient residential program,
and what that means
is that people
do come here, they stay here.
Right around 30 days would be
the average length of stay.
And we’ll find a counselor
that deals specifically
with gambling on an
outpatient type of basis.
Back to wherever they’re from.
NARRATOR: There
are no FDA-approved
medications for treating
gambling disorders.
Counseling and 12-step
Gamblers Anonymous
programs are common therapies.
ANDERSON: We meet the best
people in the world
comin’ through our doors.
They don’t know that they are,
they don’t even know that
they’re worth anything.
But it’s incredible
to meet people
and to see that glimmer of hope.
If you look across the country,
there’s no shortage of casino
types of gambling venues,
whether they be state
operated, or tribally operated.
In a rural area, there
aren’t a lot of things to do.
DR. DENNIS McNEILLY: A lot of
the older group hadn’t gambled
until gambling became
locally available.
Some people would refer
to this as kind of
a hidden addiction
among this age group,
because the current
cohort of older adults
tend to be rather stoic,
and so they tend to
want to take care of
their own problems.
(gentle music)
NARRATOR: Dr. Dennis
McNeilly uncovers
gambling problems
in older adults,
here at the Center
for Successful Aging,
at the University of
Nebraska Medical Center.
DR. McNEILLY: We understand it
a lot more with the PET scans,
with the neuroimaging scans.
We understand sort
of the corollaries
between those who
develop gambling problems
and sort of how the brain
gets lit up as they say,
gets activated, similar to folks
who have cocaine addiction.
So we understand
it a lot better,
the pathways, and
we’re also much better
about understanding the cravings
that people who
are gamblers have.
(quiet, intense music)
DR. McNEILLY: I always go back
to one of the first patients
that I saw, they’d
had a slight stroke,
and then they were
in the hospital.
And then in the
hospital they decided
that this person was depressed,
so then they asked me to go and
see the person
and evaluate them.
And in the course of that,
I found out that they had,
you know, maxed out
all their credit cards,
and then the couple had to
declare bankruptcy, you know.
All because of this
sort of unknown, hidden.
And the shame, the humiliation.
And yet they were trying
to get out of this,
and trying to get out
of this, and got stuck.
So I’ve really sort
of taken this on,
and then thought that
this was a good way to
educate medical students and
our psychiatry residents,
so that they start to
screen for gambling problems
in the same way they
screen for tobacco,
you know, or alcohol,
or anything else.
That it’s something
that, you know,
it’s part of everybody,
and it’s certainly
gonna be more a part
of people’s lives
as we have lots of younger
folks who, you know,
have been attracted
and continue to gamble,
and gambling becomes
very popular,
and it’s more
culturally mainstream.
BAUERKEMPER: For
30 years I’ve been fighting
the federal governments,
the state governments,
the state agencies,
the private industries,
the gaming industries,
to spend just a little
bit of time, effort,
and money to help people
that have this problem.
And with states that
either authorize gambling
or have their own forms
of gambling, you know,
I think it’s a
public safety issue.
Come on, if you’re
gonna do this,
and you’re gonna
make money at it,
help the people
who are devastated.
You don’t have to help
the social gambler that
goes in, spends 20
bucks, and that’s it.
You have to help the
people that aren’t,
that spend their life savings.
(quiet, intense music)
ELIZABETH: I don’t think
people can appreciate
a gambling addiction
like they do
alcohol or drug addiction.
I think they think
it’s just willpower.
You know, some
people might say that
about drug and alcohol too,
but there’s a
chemical that binds
and makes you have
that addiction.
Whereas gambling, it’s
a choice that you make
to literally walk in the
door, plunk your money in,
and keep playing until
you have no more.
People don’t understand that.
That you can’t stop.
When it’s an addiction.
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Captioning by Finke/NET
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Copyright 2018,
NET Foundation for Television.

100 thoughts on “Growing Old Gambling”

  1. The part I hate about a slot jackpot is the tax the government expects on any win over 1200$. That's not a life changing win. Raise the amount of a taxable win to reflect inflation. This amount hasn't changed in tens of years.

  2. I went bankrupt and made my ex wife's life miserable about 20 years ago. Take it from a former loser…you AREN'T different …..your (system) ISN'T unique. You too can get caught up if you play. Just remember a loser can't win,and a winner can't quit!

  3. I’ve won a lot of money gambling, but I cannot stop once I start losing
    It’s like a Drug
    I’m so depressed I don’t know what to do
    Help me Please 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  4. I had my bout with gambling and got out of it early on, only losing ten grand, which I know is nothing compared to what these people blew through, but it was enough for me to make a serious effort to stay away. No need to lose the farm, get help before it gets to this point.

  5. go in with what you cn afford to lose, and understand it's "paid entertainment" I used to play penny slots once i n a while. i used to play the progressive, then recently i learned, those machines are connected to other slots nationwide lol helped me not play those anymore 🙂 slots sucks, you win a dollar or 2, to make you feel like a winner, you ony win in the "bonus"

  6. I am watching this so I can be prepared when I
    get older probably I will leave my country and go live in the US so I need to
    be prepared and hopefully not lose everything im still young now but time is
    ticking away on me.

  7. So as a 28 years old I'm paying into Social Security so she can gamble but by the time I'm her age I will receive nothing…

    I honestly hate The Boomers. They create all the BS and then Blame it all on my Millennials.

    If we are failures that's because you created us….

  8. If that lady had won 750k she would have been praising casinos, til she lost it all back. She just wants a scapegoat so she doesn't have to accept responsibility for her failure.

  9. I can't believe that woman is an ACTUARY. That means she works with advanced math, statistics and probability every day. Basically the first type of perspn you would expect to recognize that you will always lose money gambling long tern, and the last type of person you'd expect to be a gambling addict.

  10. Maybe my having social anxiety is a slight blessing in disguise. Otherwise I'd probably be in the casionos day & m night. But I'm the type that normally avoid large crowds at all costs.

  11. 750 thousand? Lady you were a winner already wtf!!! If you already have money like that wtf are you doing gambling?! People who are broke usually gamble, and people who enjoy it. This is a crazy story

  12. I was a compulsive gambler as well and when I lost my loved hobby then the ugly gambling monster started take control of me……..I was a ex-gambler.
    I ended up in hospital because of it. So I got help from gambling Consellour and decided it was crunch time as I have lost control, spend my money the I sneaked in my folks money and wrote false checks etc. I had to bite the bullet no return as I needed to do something pronto. So I self excluded from my casino……Since that I haven’t been back so far……

    I did exclusion myself, I wasn’t forced to do it I want it as it was only way out of the madness been a casino addict. Fix it early as I knew if you keep putting off it gets worse. To the point I will lose my family,happiness and future.

  13. Thank you for this documentary, It will help me to take a step to do the right thing. Gambling addiction sucks even if it means making wasteful trips to the lottery machine. I don't go to casinos but spend to much time and money at the Pa lottery scratch off machine. I've had enough and before I go into self destruct I need to do something now. I love life but my addiction will soon or later destroy what I have. This documentary was a blessing, a first step thank you.

  14. wrong , gambling is bad for anyone , no such thing as moderate gambling.. that thing is eating your money so FAST !!!!

  15. Casinos should not be blamed for gambling addiction. They provide jobs and boost the economy. People have to be responsible for their own actions.

  16. how shady are the casinos and bookmakers that it seems like everybody is losing…I mean for every 10 poor sods who lost there home there should be at least one success story no?

  17. I just won $1,700 playing blackjack with only $50 to start. I cashed out and paid the bills with it. Be smart and walk away with your winnings. Don't get greedy.

  18. The only way to approach gambling is that it is a game. You should look at how much money you can afford to lose. You should only ever consider gambling if you wouldn't mind taking the money you can afford to lose and throwing it away. So, let's say you have a budget of $100 (That's not much and many people can afford to lose that), then consider how much time you want to spend in gambling. If you want to spend 1 hour, then bet small. If you want to spend just ten minutes gambling, then you can place larger bets, but always stop when that time is up. Also, if you have a target to double your money, then stop when you've reached that target. You have won. Walk away and be happy. Or, if you have lost your $100 before the time you have allowed, then just stop and consider it some time spent playing a game. Only return to gambling when you have that disposable allowance.

  19. their problem is not gambling.
    (opposite of what 99% of the population is thinking)

    their problem is gambling with a NEGATIVE EDGE.

    the same 99% of the population from above, screaming left and right : DONT GAMBLE, have no idea what negative edge means, but they are screaming none the less

  20. Video Poker takes skill as well as luck, also there are MANY varieties and playing strategies in Video Poker; for example a Jacks or Better strategy is COMPLETELY different from a Deuces Wild or Double Double Bonus strategy, also the paytable of each video poker game is not only dependent on the version of the game itself, but also dependent on the frequency of winning hands in certain games, so it basically forces you to manage a bankroll.

    Slot players don't require skill, it's COMPLETELY ALL luck.

  21. My mother died and dad was lonely sitting at home. He was successful his entire life and worked very hard for 50 years. He invested well and owned many properties.
    He went into a casino because of loneliness and within 5 years, he was flat broke. He lost over 5 million dollars chasing companionship and entertainment and mostly to regain his losses. He killed himself at 75 years old. He was too ashamed to ask us for help.

  22. I once saw a young guy about 25 walk up to a blackjack table, he put $1000 on one hand, lost it…. put another $1000 on one hand… lost it….saw him at an ATM machine with actual tears in his eyes… trying to get more money.
    I knew at that moment I could never go into a casino again. My father also destroyed his life gambling.

  23. What else do you need the money for? have fun. if you get old with money – its ALL going to the Govt or medical bills. Die with a balance!

  24. They were stupid when they were younger and have not changed. That is true whenever you see a stupid older person. They do not change and especially they do not get any smarter. I use my phone for nothng; why would they "use it for everything". Must be stupid.

  25. Theres no conception of risk to reward with these people. They don't have an edge, they accept the casinos edge as good enough for them. The casinos edge is tilted towards the casino. If you're going to gamble, at least gamble your money on things where you can control those two things. A win ratio of 5 out of 10 is good enough if your loss is small and your gains are high. Net profit. Life is a gamble, they actually are on the right track. But c'mon, casinos?

  26. my god you had 1/2 a mil and you manage to donate it to the casino? i always assumed the really dirt poor people like the game (which is not you) and the stinkin rich people (again which is not you) would be dumb enough to donate 500k in 2 years =/

  27. oh hell if your gonna play video poker play ones with +100% return rate deuces wild is one of them learn that strategy and earn that 10$ an hr and kill 2 birds with 1 stone

  28. If yer going to gamble, forget the slots and stick with video poker. You can be a bad VP player and you're money will last much longer

  29. I was able to beat the addiction enough to pay off my home and auto. I still live in constant fear that the dragon will pop its ugly head back up and ruin what I have worked so hard to achieve. Just like when I kicked the smoking habit, it was hard but it hangs around like a waiting butler waiting to send me back down the " Hole of Despair and ruin." I live life one day and hour at a time. I am lucky to have the love of someone who keeps me from falling down again. All is never lost as long as you can be more determined than your addiction. Never use hope to beat your addiction, it was one of the ills that Pandora let out. It is like a carrot that can never be reached. I use the fear of falling, and the patience and determination I asked of God to deliver me from temptation. IT CAN BE DONE !!!!

  30. Well not my mom,she rarely is without the grans around her, the entertainment for her is being able to walk to LA mart and get food under $200.09

  31. Gamblers say they go to casinos to make money, its not true its only to be in the action and even when they win they still contunue, they stop gambling Only when no more money and the only reason they need money is to gamble and not for support their families

  32. its sad to see people that are very nice adicted to this vice a strong hold to your spirit john 316 repent and be saved , you sow what you reap , use the money to help the hungry and neady and have your treasure in heaven, jesus is lord amen

  33. It is false advertising to call these games with a negative expectation "gambling". YOU ARE NOT GAMBLING BECAUSE YOU ARE GUARANTEED TO LOSE. If I bet $100 with a friend on the spin of a coin THAT is a gamble because I might win. If the operator takes $90 of my profit when I win you cannot call that gambling because I can't win. The same argument applies if you get anything less than $100 when you win or if the chance of winning is less than 50%. THIS IS SPENDING MONEY – NOT GAMBLING MONEY – FOR NO PRODUCT OR SERVICE IN RETURN. The peddlers of these games (i.e. casinos) are liars, fraudsters and conmen. THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH GENUINE FAIR GAMBLING.

  34. Random number generator is exactly identically random as where will something land if it blows in the wind every bet is random from the other so the casino odds house edge is basically a percentage of your money that will always go to them if you gamble . Ill tell you what give me your money and ill give you 3 percent back for your time so we can use your money to pay for more cool thing to keep you here lol

  35. Its only money, comes and goes, just be happy, you will come back in another life and try it again.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ?

  36. What is the average cost of a Game King Keno machine? I've always wanted to completely destroy one after losing my bankroll.

  37. Losing 750k,there's another form of Gambling to loss your money,and not be bad it,STOCK MARKET,you go all In,,

  38. Drinking, smoking, credit cards, lust, etc., etc. Laws should not be made limiting EVERYONE'S freedom because ONE person can't control THEIR mind.

  39. It's not the casinos it's the emptiness in their lives. Gambling is like any other dope. Looking for the high, the adrenaline rush. If you gamble and have fun, remember to never take money you don't have or can't afford to lose. If you set a budget for entertainment, dinners, movies, vacations why can't you set a budget for gambling? Why do you have to ruin it by going crazy? Just do it in moderation remembering the objective is to win and have fun, not to go broke and crazy! It's not the devil as some have posted, it's people have have nothing else in their lives chasing a high to fill the gap. If you don't have the money you can't gamble. If you know you can only afford to lose $100.00 dollars why chance $500.00. That's just stupid!

  40. Almost all of my family, including aunts and uncles are gambling addicts — mom, both brothers, sister and her husbands, poss my dad, my mom's mom, and almost all of my mom's siblings.

    If you think you have beat this problem, you prob haven't. The most my mom ever made gambling was through Ca Lottery – but she did not hit a million dollar jackpot. She won approx 9K, but most certainly spent upwards of 75K in her lifetime. House rules every time.

    Gambling sucks generally, and I will only do it on vacation with budgeted funds, being satisfied with the little bit of entertainment I get. I can walk away from it with no problem and often win small amounts of money. But that's me.

    I learned from Mom what gambling does to people. It's a very sad way to live.

  41. It’s not the devil. It’s us wanting to gain what we lose as like anything in life. Don’t do it. It will control you. Just don’t do it. Play bingo not slots or cards. At lest it will slow you down enough to think.

  42. The only words that I can express is, before you try or do anything in life is to do a self examination of what your personality trates are ie; 1) do I have an addictive personality 2) I’m I obsessive , if you can answer these two ? Than my avice is too pray and ask Jesus take control of your thoughts and Feeling too overcome.

  43. Addiction to phone apps and social media is probably far worse than gambling. Putting the two together just allows addicts to find one more addiction. I use a phone for phone calls – that used to be what a phone was for.

  44. As the casino's home in on the millenials…..one problem with that the millenials are not going to have the kind of money as a whole that the boomers had so they better not be banking on them to keep there fancy gambling establishments open. They are thinking in terms of the "old economy"

  45. It is nobody's fault but the individuals. Until we take full responsibility for our own action we will keep gambling.

  46. Why would you gamble when you already have $750.000?

    There is literally nothing to be gained even if you're lucky.

  47. Who knew one was addicted to gambling until government brought casinos in for their own benefits. Government casinos profits should cover gambling recovery

  48. This all only started when so many States , other than Nevada and Jersey. It all has become too convenient. If the problem however is this bad, then you are the way out as I can see. Many people did not even realize until later in life, that they had an addictive personality. Thanks to all that are there for them ,, to give the real help they need.

  49. I don't find it addictive or pleasant at all. I hate it. I get no dopamine rush from winning, just anxiety when I lose. That's probably in part why I'm so good at it. I play the blackjack long enough to get my mealcomp and then I go use it to get my free meal and then I wander around watching the suckers lose their money. If I play long enough, the casino figures out I'm doing it too well and they ban me and I'm not welcome the next time anyway. Technically if I kept going the whole time, I'd maximize my returns, since the odds are in my favor, but I just don't have the heart for it. As for the ones where the odds are in favor of the house, I don't understand why anyone takes those bets. They're in favor of the house. The mathematically correct amount of money to bet is 0 every time. And what's the point of slot machines. It still just reduces down to press a button and your bankroll either goes up or down but down on average. I might as well stay home and play video games for free instead of that.

  50. I am addicted and dont think I can stop so I'll have to fight myself to minimize my time in going to the casino or save an amount just for gambling and go once in awhile. It is so hard to stop. I'll miss the people, the comps, the fun in different games, the live bands…. it's a social environment. This is definitely the worst addiction. I have lost it all, all my dignity. I joke about my addiction. I have banned myself and still go.

  51. 9:02 You can't blame the government for your own wreckless habits. I think these stories are truly tragic, and some people obviously shouldn't gamble since they can't turn that switch off. But it most certainly should not be illegal to gamble. This is a personal freedom choice if I've ever seen one, and nobody is forcing you to gamble. Perhaps make it so they can't advertise at all (like should be done with alcohol and is done with tobacco), but people should have the freedom to do it. If it's not a regulated business, you're just going to give it back to organized crime, and then any risk currently associated with gambling will only increase dramatically. It's just like alcohol; it can completely destroy lives, but that doesn't mean the solution is prohibition.

  52. Gambling, like most vice sales, gets 80% of its revenue from 20% of its clients: the problem gamblers. The casinos know it and the government knows it. ONCE you have that much tax money coming in, you can't ever put the cork in the bottle. So the 20% will always be destroyed for the benefit of all others. Casinos don't care and neither does government.

  53. I was once addicted to Gambling in my Late Teens and Early 20s. Lost Thousands of Dollars. Glad i made my mistake when i was Young, and learned not to Gamble ever again!

  54. Gambling is not entertainment. It is a bag drug. Goverments know most people who gamble cannnot afford it. They prey on people with depression, bipolar and other emotional and mental problems. Shame on them. They are nothing more than predators.

  55. This problem will INCREASE unless a different source of tax revenue is found.

    We USED to tax the wealthy and large, profitable corporations. Can someone please tell me what was wrong with that idea?

  56. Every time i get a Itch to go to the Casino…..I buy a $30.00 scratch off …..After i loose i am grateful i did not go to the Casino

  57. But, but…my favorite casino is giving out free ice scrapers this month! I'm going to need one for the car I'm going to buy with this $22,000 I saved up.

  58. Pencil Neck is in trouble, either he has been obstructing justice OR interfering in an active investigation.
    Don't drop this Republicans!!

  59. The world is full of weak minded people. You could lose $$ to gambling or lose it to a Nigerian prince. I gamble using a source of funds that is for gambling or entertainment only. When the money flows, I can play. If I lose or if the money supply dries up, I stay home. There's no dipping into the grocery money, or my retirement funds so I can play. I also spend little or nothing on slot machines. They're the worst bet in the casino. Blackjack and craps is for me. You learn about the game and play it using your brain to at least minimize the house advantage. You gotta have some self discipline or you're going to lose it one way or another.

  60. The government is hypocritical sect. They are evil in every way and only care about money and not about the people. it will ban other things but they will not ban casino gambling which is worse than anything else that there is

  61. If you have an addictive personality you should definitely not be gambling oh, let's face it gambling is not for everyone!!
    But to blame it on anyone but yourself is Ludacris!!!

  62. How about the devastating affect on the family? It breaks up families and creates chaos long after the Gambler is gone.

  63. The claim that Wisconsin has 333,000 problem gamblers is pretty amazing if you consider that the entire population is just over 5.8 million. This is about 9% of the population over the age of 21 (3.71 million).

  64. Read "Addiction by Design" by Natasha Dow Schüll. It talks about how slot machines and virtual reel mapping work, which allows designers to have as many stops on the reels as they want to enhance the "near miss" sensation that keeps people playing.

  65. As a former casino employee, I would like to give the following advice: 1. Don't play slot machines, they are addictive. 2. If you do, use only as much as you can withstand losing. Set aside before you start, never go over it. 3. If you are lucky to win a bigger win, be happy but do not think it will happen again.

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