Gamblers interviewed on an early Tuesday Judi Online24jam Deposit Uang morning as they were about to board buses to Indian casinos in New York and Connecticut, as well as higher-rollers traveling by charter flight to Atlantic City agreed it would be better for them to do their gambling closer to home and let state and local governments pocket some of the proceeds.
“I think Pittsburgh needs something exciting,” and slots fit the bill, said Edna Marshall, 45, of the Upper Hill, waiting for the bus to the Foxwoods Casino Resort in Connecticut with husband, William, who gambles more than she does. (He said when he returned that he quickly blew the stash of quarters he brought for the Indian casino’s slots, but enjoyed the four-day trip and can’t wait to return.)
“Everybody else has it,” Edna Marshall said. “It relieves a lot of stress for people.”
The flights to Atlantic City are for bigger players, who think nothing of risking $500 on a two-day trip. The majority of them have their airfare Judi Online24jam Deposit Uang paid by the casino, and often their hotel rooms are complimentary as well.
“Seventy-five percent of my business is slots players,” said Mike Fayad, owner of Casino and Sports Travel in Aliquippa, who runs about five trips a month to New Jersey, in addition to less frequent Las Vegas and Bahamas junkets.
The number of local slots players would be certain to increase if the machines were legalized within easy reach, said Bill Eadington, Judi Online24jam Deposit Uang director of the Institute for the Study of Gambling at the University of Nevada-Reno.
“When you move from illegal to legal gambling, especially casino style, you grow the market. You get so much more spending legally than what prevailed illegally,” Eadington said. “Walk through any casino and look at the players, and ask if they would be sneaking into a seedy bar to play a game in the back.”
Then again, in the modern era, pajama-clad gamblers on computers in the den don’t need to walk anywhere to wager.
When Denny Wing, 50, of Apollo, decided he wanted to master Texas hold ’em poker, the game he’d seen played repeatedly on cable television, he bought computer programs and logged onto Web sites to sharpen his game. First, he matched competitors on free sites, then began playing online for money. He also began entering Judi Online24jam Deposit Uang tournaments like the one at the Southwest Greensburg Fire Hall.
Wing said he’s been with 40,000 to 50,000 poker players in groups on a Web site at the same time.
“It’s a game of skill, not of chance, with a little bit of luck involved,” the auto parts store owner said of the increasingly popular form of poker.