Picture it. A beautiful woman in a long evening dress, hair and make-up immaculate. A dashing gentleman in a 3-piece suit, cigar in one hand, martini in the other. The rich, vibrant atmosphere of the casino, the very essence of the building feels rich and luxurious. The world almost seems like a fantasy… and that’s because it is.
The ‘James Bond’ world described above is often the first image that comes to mind when thinking about casinos. Casino owners and Hollywood would like us to believe that this glamorous world exists, that the big win is just around the corner, and that we too could live a life of luxury but the reality of the casinos is far different.
The reality: You are more likely to come out with less than when you went in. Millions and millions of dollars are spent each year in order for casinos to remain running, and yet they still turn over a profit. So where does the profit come from? The gambler’s loss.
The Australian Government (2010) place the total losses through gambling in Australia to reach $19 billion (2008-09) and the social cost to the community is estimated to be at $4.7 billion a year. 115,000 Australians are classified as problem gamblers, and a further 280,000 are at risk of becoming problem gamblers.
Don’t become one of these statistics, play your cards right and seek some help. Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 for 24/7 free and confidential support.