Category Archives: Gambling

Gambling on Bad Behavior

Frankly, I’m fed up with excuses for out-of-control, bad behavior.  Excuses like:
          1) it’s an addiction
          2) it’s somebody else’s fault.

Nothing is going to change in anyone’s life until responsibility for choices, actions, or inactions is taken.

Here’s an example:  during a year-long gambling binge at the Caesar’s Palace and Rio casinos in Las Vegas in 2007, Terrence Watanabe managed to lose nearly $127 million (most of his personal fortune).  Watanabe – unmarried, no kids – who spent his adult life working around the clock for his father’s import novelty business, picked up gambling in Las Vegas and was treated like a king.

Apparently, he drank to excess, and is claiming that the casinos named in his lawsuit violated gambling regulations by not shutting off his ability to gamble when he was drunk – which is a state rule.

Mr. Watanabe is also a criminal defendant who faces 28 years in prison for “intent to defraud and steal from Harrah’s,” stemming from $14.7 million that the casino says it extended to him as credit and that he lost.

So, which is it?  Is Watanabe responsible for his debts, drunk or sober?  Or is Harrah’s responsible as they allegedly let him gamble and lose when he was drunk?

Well, it might be BOTH!

Watanabe may have a case if, indeed, Harrah’s broke the law about allowing drunks to gamble.

HOWEVER (and it is a BIG “however”), that argument might work for Watanabe for one tour of gambling, but when sober – sober, mind you – he made the choice…the choiceto go back to Harrah’s, drink, gamble, lose, ask for credit, and not pay the full amount he owed.

Watanabe is responsible for his bad behavior, bad habits and debts.  If Harrah’s employees kept him gambling when he was “fall-down drunk,” then they have to deal with the civil courts and the gaming commission of the state.  However, how drunk do you have to be before you are not responsible for deciding on a bet, physically pushing chips forward, and so on?  If you’re fall down drunk, you’re probably not able to do those things. 

He placed his bets; he lost.  He needs to pay up.

But It’s Not My Fault!

I am so sick and tired of people not taking responsibility for their own weaknesses, foolishness, bad judgment, and bad behavior.  Sick, sick, sick!!!
Here are just two examples:

- Fat people attempting to sue fast food restaurants because  they’re…well…FAT.
- People suing restaurants because they got ultra-hot coffee that they then chose to put between their legs (high up next to their private parts) while they were in a moving car.

And now, we have a so-called pathological gambler who, one unlucky night at the blackjack table, lost the $125,000 that an Indiana casino had advanced her.  But in a two-year court battle, she has argued that she doesn’t owe the casino a dime.  Why?  Because, she says, its employees should have denied such an addicted gambler as her access to the card table.  Her dumb argument is that the casino knowingly took advantage of her to enrich itself.

Well, my friends, she was gambling to enrich herself without any visible work, talent, perseverance or good sense.  She failed…and now wants to avoid responsibility for her choice.   The Indiana Supreme Court is scheduled to decide next month if she has to repay the casino.

I’m against ALL the bailouts.  When people took out loans they couldn’t pay back – too bad!  When people gamble with money they don’t have and then lose – too bad!

This foolish woman frittered away her $1 million inheritance from her deceased father.  The casino offered her a free room, free food, free drinks, and free use of a car.  She said yes, and gambled herself into a hole.

There’s a gambling commission that enrolls people in a program that allows them to voluntarily request to be excluded from the casinos for a set period of time (or even a lifetime).  This makes casinos babysitters for adults who ought to know better.  I don’t agree with this program and I hope the Indiana court tells her it’s her own damn fault:  get a job and pay it all back.

We’re losing America with these notions that individuals are not responsible for their own actions, and that “the village” is responsible instead.