He was … a degenerate gambler. That is, a man who gambled simply to gamble and must lose. As a hero who goes to war must die. Show me a gambler and I’ll show you a loser, show me a hero and I’ll show you a corpse.
Mario Puzo (1920-1999), novelist
Saturday’s Bizarro comic strip by Dan Piraro fits so perfect with the news about Las Vegas profits that I have to share it, I am only sorry I can’t get my hands on the cartoon to show you.
Two Indians are standing next to Las Vegas-style slot machines and on the floor in front of them is a Caucasian male crawling away with his pockets turned inside out from losing his money at the casino. One Indian says to the other: I’m just sorry it took us 400 years to figure out how to beat them.
Now to the report that Nevada casinos post $2.1 billion in profit. Yes, that’s profit from all the people who go thinking they will beat the odds. Saturday’s Los Angeles Times’ article points out that the Las Vegas Strip had gross revenue of $14.9 billion.
It’s no wonder they keep tearing down the old gambling joints and building enormous gambling palaces.