It has been insinuated but not said outright (as far as I know) that the piece of shit who shot and killed 58 innocent people outside of the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas may have been angry about mounting gambling losses and wanted to punish the casino with his horrible deed.
I don’t know if this is true or not. Really hope that its not because I don’t want to think that someone could possibly be such a self centered, petulant, sniveling crybaby while also being a megalamaniacal psycho who thought that it would be okay, even justified, to basically use a pool of 22,000 innocent humans who were minding their own business just enjoying their weekend, listening to country music, drinking beer and dancing, as personal pawns in a misguided revenge vendetta against the casino/industry/city that he felt robbed him.
Unfortunately, in my opinion, and in the absence of any other credible theories, its the motive that rings true to me.
This is obviously a very touchy sensitive subject. Many people were negatively impacted, to put it mildly, by this madman Stephen Paddock’s actions. I point this out to assure my readers that I am taking the subject matter very seriously and not just talking out of my ass throwing wild rumors out there to get attention.
That sort of attention I don’t need okay?
The LA Times article I linked to in the very first sentence of this piece talks about the casinos and how they have increased the difficulty of winning playing slot machines in general and specifically video poker over the last decade or so.
I speak from painful personal experience when I tell you that I concur that the games have gotten much more dificult to win on. I could give you hundreds of examples of how fucked up the casinos are and not just examples from my gambling career.
I have friends that have lost millions. Literally over one million dollars in less than a year. He is going to remain anonymous until I speak with him to get his permission to discuss his story. I am actually going to talk to a lot of people I know in hopes that they allow me to discuss their stories. I’m thinking that now may be the time to expose what I know first hand about this industry and how they ruthlessly target people who cannot afford to gamble by playing on their weaknesses in order to exploit them to the point of abject poverty and then toss them aside like the green leaves and stringy white stuff left from shucking corn.
NONE OF THIS IN ANY WAY JUSTIFIES THE ACTIONS OF THE KILLER STEPHEN PADDOCK.
YET…The public should know about the desperate anger, self hatred, extreme defensiveness, shame, guilt and sadness that is often a direct result of gambling in these estsblishments.
The chances of winning have steadily decreased over time leading to a converse increase in peoples misery, hopelessness, desperation, poverty, child and spousal abuse and neglect and many other negative effects.
The consequences of this naked greed on the part of the casino for the gamblers and their loved ones can be spectacularly devastating. Almost beyond words. I am not saying the tragedy that unfolded in such a horrifying way at the Route 91 festival could have been averted if the casino wasn’t so impossible to win at.
I am saying that I have personally witnessed many desparate acts that WERE a direct result of a bad outcome at the casino and regardless of the motive in Sundays’s shooting, these greedy casinos should be reined in to make the playing field a little less one sided.
I understand the casino has to make money, the odds have to be on their side etc but let me tell you…some of these places are blatantly just fucking everyone who walks through the door and they just keep getting away with what I consider robbery. Bleeding people dry like I said and then discarding them via a lifetime ban for ridiculous infractions. Its not right how they treat people yet they continue to do so because nobody has the balls to speak up.
None of this should be construed in any way to be some kind of justification for the shithead Stephen Paddocks evil acts. His gambling results no matter what they were could never excuse such vile deeds. He was a fuckhead through and through and his brother the one who rattles on about what a wonderful man he was should just shut the fuck up and go away because I am sure he is starting to irritate people who might not be as inclined as I am to just discuss the situation without resorting to other means of making a point.
I am also not belittling the losses of so many wonderful people who were victims of this tragedy. My flesh and blood sister and her husband both attended the festival and narrowly escaped becoming victims themselves.
I’m not even sure if its right to bring up trivial things like the unfairness of the casino industry in general in the wake of the madness perpetrated on those in attendance last Sunday night but possibly the reality of what really goes on at places like Mandalay Bay and countless other money hungry cash cows will not fall on deaf ears at this time.
The fact that the odds are so highly stacked against players who are specifically targetted by the casinos through the promise of free plays, free stays, free food and more. People are sucked in without fail even though they can not afford to lose money earmarked for necessities (rent, transportation, child care, groceries, clothing etc). Yet, the vast majority of the time, losing is exactly what they do.
The repercussions of societys fixation on gambling are devastating and almost unimaginable at times. Casino management is faced with ultimatums delivered from high above their pay grade and they really have no choice. Chew people up, spit them out and don’t give a fuck about leaving lives in a shattered mess. They can’t afford to care. Not really.
“Civilized” members of society who don’t know any better throw out wotds like restraint, like self control, like responsibility. However, they forget what it is like to have a one hundred dollar bill that you have to somehow stretch imto a thousand or face disaster. How can a person be blamed for being tempted into trying their luck when really that one hundred bucks alone just isnt doing shit for them. It sucks either way but if you win…..why theres a fresh start, a clean slate, you live to fight another day and that is a good feeling.
the casinos know exactly what they are doing, psychological mind fucks designed to part the players from their wallets.
this tale will be continued motherfuckers. until next time ….
P.S. God bless all of the people affected by the tragedy at Mandalay Bay. I pray that we never have to witness such a deplorable set of circumstances again. I am truly sorry that it even happened this time. Such a waste in all aspects.