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Kiddie casinos

 
 
George
 
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2011 12:16 pm
@Linkat,
Nope.
Love it or hate it, it's a keeper.
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2011 01:13 pm
@Linkat,
It was still rigged, but in a way that benefited your daughter. One of my crew guys used to do the carnival circuit and he was told when you want to drum up business you should give away one of the big prizes so people will see it's possible to win. The carnie guys would usually pick attractive young women or little kids to do this "advertising" with. They know either carrying a big stuffed toy attracts attention and people are not too intimidated to ask them "where'd you win that?".
Linkat
 
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2011 02:19 pm
@Green Witch,
Well in that case that got a two-for-oner - a cute little monster (my daughter) and an attractive woman (me - of course).

But I'll still let her think it was because of her incredible skills and talents.
boomerang
 
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2011 04:29 pm
@Linkat,
Oh no, Linkat! Too funny! That's the one situation where you don't want your kid to win.

Have you been to any carnivals since then?
Linkat
 
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2011 05:00 pm
@boomerang,
It wasn't a carnival - it was a local amusement park, but they have all those carnival games there as well. But yes, we have been back again. Fortunately she didn't win anything large and ugly and cheap.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Mon 9 Sep, 2013 09:57 am
@boomerang,
boomerang wrote:
Several years ago I read an article about the neurology of gambling. MRIs were done on people as they gambled and the study showed that near misses had the same effect on the brain as winning. This is one of the reasons that people have a hard time stopping once they start gambling.

Several years later I watched Mo, who was maybe 6 at the time, play one of the claw games at the supermarket and it made me recall the article. Mo, who was using his own money, simply couldn't stop playing. When he had spent his few dollars and hadn't won anything he became furious and frustrated. He talked about it for days. We had a long talk about how I thought the game was like gambling and that we simply weren't going to "play" it anymore. Luckily the lesson stuck and we haven't had anymore problems with it.

All of this came back to me this weekend when we visited a nearby waterpark. I was amazed that the arcade at the park was so very similar to a casino -- even the games were similar to ones you see in a casino: Monopoly, Deal or no Deal, Wheel of Fortune; there were even poker themed games, games of "skill" and games of "chance". Sprinkled among these games were a few more traditional arcade games. (I thought it interesting that the traditional arcade games didn't pay out in long streams of tickets like the other casino style games) The arcade had no clocks or windows and it even sounded like a casino.

I guess I shouldn't have been surprised to see that the waterpark resort was owned by one of the area Tribes that also has a casino just a few miles down the road.

So now I'm wondering --- are these resorts, designed and built for kids, simply "gateway" casinos that exploit the developing executive function of the brains of children?

What do you think?
I think that everyone,
including children, have a natural right to experiment with them.





David
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