And I mean it literally.
One of the more refreshing things about Hawaii, there is no gambling. None. No casinos, no horse racing, no dog racing, no Jai alai, no cock fighting, not even bingo. And best of all, no lottery. The island seems dead set against any form of wagering and this is a good thing.
I don’t oppose gambling on any sort of moral grounds. I could give a Norwegian rodents posterior if people want to go and squander away their money on games of chance. Have at it. I just don’t like to be around it.
I made a couple trips in the past to Las Vegas for convention work back when I was doing the scuba thing. The city was exactly the way it is portrayed in the movies and television. Tasteless glitz, neon everywhere, and every stereotype you have ever seen in said movies walking the streets. The casinos themselves are little closed off worlds from the outside. People playing the slots, poker, lotteries, and nobody winning shit. Remember, the house always wins. When I left I felt like I had to get disinfected from all the grease and slime. I’ll never go back again.
In Florida there are casinos, run by the native American tribes. They advertise all over the place and are just as nasty looking as the ones in Nevada. There are also horse and dog tracks all over the state along with Jai alai arenas, and who knows what else lurking in the depths of the back alleys.
In the Keys there has been a long time push to get casinos down there but no luck as of yet. It will happen eventually. There is too much money to be made and when it does happen, the Keys as we know it will be dead. Nobody will come down to enjoy the water, they will come down to spend junior’s college fund on the slots.
Some have already tried to sneak in some sort of wagering. One bar I used to frequent for the football games put in a bunch of “arcade” games which were actually slot machines. Some fancy wording and twisting of the rules enabled said bar to operate as a defacto casino. The county and city shut his ass down right quick and he moved back to Dade county where they don’t care about such things. Good riddance.
As for the lottery, it is a major cash cow for the state. Everyone sells lottery tickets and everyone is buying them. I was guilty at one time too. When the lottery first came out I was buying tickets every week. I finally wised up. But most people, usually those who cannot afford to play, spend millions on the lottery every week. They line up at the convenience stores with their cards marked with their special numbers, guaranteed to win, because they have a system. It’s amazing how some worker bees with no math skills, making minimum wage, believe they have the ability to outsmart those who designed the games in the first place. I call it the white trash trifecta. They come in said stores to buy beer, cigarettes, and lottery tickets. Just remember, you chances of winning are the same whether you play or not. The lottery is just a tax on the stupid. As I said earlier, the house always wins…always.
But none of this nonsense is going on out here. Yet. No doubt there are forces at work behind the scenes trying to legalize some sort of gambling in the islands. And all it will take is one form of gambling to grab hold and the rest will follow quickly. I just hope the day is a long ways off. I don’t have to participate in the wagering, but it’s sure nice to not be around it and all the slime it draws in with it. Life here is more better without the need for gambling.
Bet on it.