It’s true that you should proceed responsibly when you gamble – but that doesn’t mean you should feel guilty enjoying it. In the right context, gambling works as an exciting form of entertainment and a way to socialize. If you strategize correctly, it has the potential to earn you some money, too.
In a larger context, gambling can have a positive impact on its surrounding economy and places like Las Vegas are proof that gambling can boost tourism in other areas like shopping, resort stays, live entertainment, and more.
Here are some pros about gambling, either in casinos or online, that you’ve probably never considered.
Strategy games boost brain health.
As more awareness is raised about taking care of our brains long-term, people are looking for ways to keep challenging their minds to preserve them. One way is to play games that “light up” different areas of your brain. Crossword puzzles, Bingo and even online poker games like Texas Hold’em give players a brain workout. If you don’t want to put any real money on the line, there are plenty of game and gambling options online that are completely free – you’ll just miss out on the thrill of winning (but will avoid financial loss).
Socialization is healthy.
Enjoying activities with other people is part of longevity too. A recent study from Psychosomatic Medicine found that people who talk to other people on a consistent basis, and have a strong sense of humor, actually live longer. Gambling activities like heading to a casino, visiting a regular church Bingo night, or even hosting a casino night at your house give fun opportunities for social interactions, with or without actual money on the line.
Cultural options tend to accompany gambling cities.
Did you know that Las Vegas has a hotel with a faux Eiffel Tower? What about gondola rides at The Venetian Resort? Each casino offers world-class entertainment too, from Cirque du Soleil shows to a Britney Spears concert. There is so much to do at each resort that it’s tough to go just for the gambling. Atlantic City and Branson, Missouri also offer their own versions of cultural activities, tailored to their venues. All of those options are possible because the gambling framework built a tourist draw in the first place (and in some cases, getting the gambling in place was hard fought. Check out these facts about gambling you never knew).
From shows and concerts to restaurants and attractions, gambling is more palatable for many because of the surrounding options. If you are a gambler, but your significant other is not, there are plenty of choices for things to do (heck, just sitting by the pool at Caesar’s Palace is a world-class experience).
There are even options for families with kids, particularly in Vegas.
So the next time someone gives you the stink eye over gambling, drop these points on them – then go enjoy yourself without the guilt.