Casino Myths Laid Bare
Posted on by Sean Williamson
It’s common knowledge that when it comes to gambling, luck does play a huge part. Obviously there are many tricks, tips and hints that can help you on certain games but there are also a number of myths out there that leave people in doubt when they reach the casino floor.
We’ve got together with Tony Stremming, Senior Vice President of Governement Relations and Public Affairs at Ameristar Casinos, to get some insider information about these myths. With over 17 years in the gaming industry, Stremming offered his input and dismissed many of the false facts out there, stating that “over the years, one or two people think that they are casino experts or they are high rollers. They say a few of these things and they stick.”
Casinos pump oxygen onto the game floor to get people staying longer and spending more
Stremming flat out dismisses this as being false – “I can’t imagine the size of the oxygen tank it would take to really have any impact on the level of oxygen that is in the air of a casino.”
Casinos design their carpets in a dizzying fashion to confuse people so they can’t find the exit
Again, Stremming said this is false. After 17 years he has “failed to find anyone walking around the casino aimlessly, not being able to find their way out while staring at the carpet!”
Someone monitors a security camera and decides which player will receive a big payout
Once again Stremming claims this is pure myth. “Each Slot machine is its own computer, and each one is highly regulated.” He goes onto say that there are no “hot” or “cold” tables and no machines will pay out more than the others. Stremming is resolute that the gaming business is a fair one as they are a publicly traded company and one of the most highly-regulated industries out there.
One myth that may have an element of truth to it is that there is a lack of clocks inside casinos. This is to get patrons to spend longer inside as they don’t see the time displayed on the wall. However, industry experts say they don’t prohibit patrons from finding out the time, and they can check their own watches!