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Should casinos provide patrons free alcohol if they are gambling?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
62% 949
No
 
37% 570
Total 1519
Note: This is not a scientific poll. Vote in this poll

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independant1 3 years, 10 months ago

not if there is a religious ceremony involved - Clean them up, turn Casinos into nonprofit charitable orgs. This would clear up any problems with that.

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Zachary Stoltenberg 3 years, 10 months ago

Wouldn't this be in direct violation of the state's "Open Saloon" law?

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ralphralph 3 years, 10 months ago

Free drinks, AND fish tacos! Woo-hoo!

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independant1 3 years, 10 months ago

If there are no free drinks why go to a Casino? That's my qualifier.

Clean them up, turn Casinos into nonprofit charitable orgs.

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beatrice 3 years, 10 months ago

Is it even possible to get drunk on the watered down beverages they call alcoholic drinks?

Yes, companies should give anything away that they choose, and people should make up their minds if they should or shouldn't partake. If you drink too much, then don't drive, just like visiting a bar with drink specials. Simple as that.

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Boston_Corbett 3 years, 10 months ago

Where is the hog? He'd have some observations...

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Bob Kraxner 3 years, 10 months ago

People who are truly addicted to gambling will nearly always leave the casino with nothing in their wallet, unless they have managed to recover some of their previous losses. There is no such thing as "winning", at a casino, unless your very first jackpot happens to be millions of dollars. The soft drinks that are given away at casinos aren't free at all, if figured in to the total loss defecit, the price of each drink, in some cases, is well over 10 dollars apiece. Were the local casinos to begin giving away free alcohol, the winning-to spending ratio would drop even lower than it is, in order for the owners to account for the money that they once were making from alcohol sales. Casino gaming should have been left in Vegas. It is much harder to become addicted to gambling when you have to spend time and money just to get to the casino. When its right in your back yard, and you get hooked, your memory becomes selective, you choose to ignore all the times you've lost, and only remember the few times you won back previous losses. You find yourself cutting corners wherever you can financially, in order to have more money or more oppurtunities to gamble. It is worse than any drug there has ever been, or will ever be. Gambling is only "affordable" to the very wealthy, and no one else.

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somedude20 3 years, 10 months ago

I grow tired of having to set the "norms" in society based on the "weakest links".

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MacHeath 3 years, 10 months ago

Its a come-on. If you just stand around, they won't give you free drinks. I really don't see how one could regulate that. I wasn't too crazy about making gambling legal, in the first place.

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Shane Garrett 3 years, 10 months ago

Free Market, Free Enterprise, Free drinks. Sounds good to me. Just would want those served by a gal in a short dress and a long jacket.

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filapino 3 years, 10 months ago

They also should put a limit on how much you can gamble if you're drinking ..

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Bob Kraxner 3 years, 10 months ago

It's obvious that few, if any of you have ever had a gambling problem.

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macon47 3 years, 10 months ago

we need more laws to protect stupid people perhaps we should pass a law the dummies cant go outside

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Agnostick 3 years, 10 months ago

Legislatures should provide legislators free alcohol when they are legislating.

Seriously... how could it not be an improvement?

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denak 3 years, 10 months ago

No where in my posts did I advocate government intevention in a person's private life. The article pertains to casinos and how they run their business. I think some of you just post as a knee jerk reaction to try to get a dig in. Sorry but you made yourself look stupid, not me.

Furthermore, nowhere did I say that a person was not responsible for his or her behavior. Of course they are. However, again, the article is not about a person's behavior but the casino's behavior.

There is a liability issue I'm sure some of you did not think about. The same way a bar can be held responsible for someone drinking and driving, so should a casino be held responsible, especially if they are pushing drinks onto a customer in a reckless and negligent manner

Dena.

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Multidisciplinary 3 years, 10 months ago

I hear tequila makes people's clothes come off.

1) pass law requiring they serve tequila shots only 2) people get naked 3) people see each other naked 4) people leave, running in horror 5) gambling addictions cured

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Pywacket 3 years, 10 months ago

Seriously?! Yeah, why not?

We should also give sharp knives to toddlers to make it more fun on the playground, supply depressed and suicidal folks with big bottles of barbiturates, and pass out angel dust at high school dances.

Sure, if they really want it, they can get it themselves, but there's nothing more heartwarming (not to mention brilliantly logical) than actively enabling and encouraging people to ruin their lives.

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morroray 3 years, 10 months ago

I live in Calif & visit Lawrence a few times a year. I spend many days a year in Reno & at South Lake Tahoe. Free drinks in a casino is just part of the gambling world. Like with everything a person needs to be responsible for his or her actions. Too many free drinks or too much gambling, etc., is not other peoples problem.We don't need the govt to tell us how to live our lives if though various govts are trying to. We don't need the food police, the drinking police, etc. The first time I was at Harrahs in North Kansas City I was surprised that free drinks were not allowed in MO or KS although you can buy a drink at the bar & carry it around. Free drinks ADD to the gambling experience.

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whatadrag 3 years, 10 months ago

People shouldn't be responsible for their own actions...

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Bob Kraxner 3 years, 10 months ago

It's so touching to see that some people on here actually care about their fellow man... Where in the hell were all you people when it was time to vote against the greedy bastards moving into Kansas City?

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jrswift 3 years, 10 months ago

No such thing as a "free" drink. OK, maybe one but, if you don't tip, they don't come back. On the other hand, if you are generous, they get generous too. Vegas again next month...better than our little casinos anyway.

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hedshrinker 3 years, 10 months ago

If you saw the devastating effects on families that I do everyday from the deadly combination of compulsive gambling and substance abuse , you wouldn't be so cavalier in endorsing this completely transparent ploy by bloodsucking casinos to separate people from their money, sanity, and stable family life. Yes, personal responsibility is an issue here as it is for all health issues, but that's why we call it "public health"...if we don't pass certain restrictive laws AND provide certain kind of safety nets to help people do the right thing, the general public will eventually bear huge societal costs from drunk driving, domestic violence, homelessness, etc. especially in this economy where many people are struggling and may be more vulnerable to the temptations to make a fast buck. Businesses have responsibilities too not to be predatory. To compare free booze in a casino to getting a fortune cookie in a restaurant is beyond absurd.

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somedude20 3 years, 10 months ago

Went to Vegas a few years back and enjoyed the comp drinks. They were cheap with the liquor (small glass filled with lots of ice, coke and a little rum) and took a while for them to come around with another so I decided to hit the bar thinking the drinks would be cheap (as they want you to get drunk and spend more money) boy was I wrong. Ordered a double captain 'n' coke and it was $26 when ole boy told me that, I said no thanks and waited for the free ones

Bring on the dancing girls and put the champagne on ice, I'm goin' in - to Sin City

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 10 months ago

I think they should comp drinks, meals and "company" like they used to do.

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Jeff Cuttell 3 years, 10 months ago

Of course. People should be able to come away feeling like they came out ahead. "Well, I lost but I did have great time. And free booze all night."

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chzypoof1 3 years, 10 months ago

Oh come on Liberty, we have to do what Dena says and protect people from their own stupidity....

Isn't that what the government is good for?

poof

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Liberty275 3 years, 10 months ago

Why not? As long as they are giving the booze to adults, it's no different than getting a fortune cookie after eating at a chinese restaurant. If people can't control their urge to gamble, drunk or not, that's their own problem to deal with.

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denak 3 years, 10 months ago

No,because it is unethical. If the casino wants people to play more, than they should increase the payouts. Serving alcohol is nothing more than a ploy to dupe people into getting drunk so that they will play more than they normally would under sober conditions. Futhermore, it increases the chances of the patron doing something reckless such as drinking and driving, or perhaps even comitting suicide once the patron realizes that they have lost everything.

Casinos are not customer driven. They are profit driven and any attempt on the casino's part to promote itself as such as just hypocrisy.

Dena

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1029 3 years, 10 months ago

Absolutely. And free cigarettes, too.

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