What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “gambling”? Our answers may differ but money is a common factor in all of them. Gambling can increase our sense of freedom; in a sense that it offers a totally different world away from reality. So, people tend to gamble as a means to escape reality. This is one of the reasons why there are no clocks in Las Vegas casinos.

It may also be interesting to know that gambling has been around for many years, yielding some pretty good benefits. For starters, the money made from this hobby was used to fund many public projects such as the great wall in China. So, it is safe to say this form of personal amusement is beneficial to the industry, public, and individuals, right?

Surely there is more to gambling than making money and having fun. This piece takes a brief look at some interesting facts surrounding this billion dollar industry.

== Establishments and Policies ==

Gambling has got a lot of platforms and can take place
anywhere. Casinos are the most common platforms made by men. What you may not know is that the designs of these establishments have a huge influence on the total money gained or lost by people.

For instance: the ideal layout for a casino is a maze-like floor design. There are also no windows on casino walls. If you are in a maze, you are more likely to wear yourself out trying to find an exit. This is beneficial to the owner because staying longer in the casino increases the chances of you continuing to gamble.

In any building, what are windows for? They let the sunlight in from the outside. Sunlight reminds us of time and other objectives for the day such as cooking or walking our pets. By removing the windows, they remove our grip on reality to make sure we focus only on gambling. Whether you are winning of losing, you are less likely to think of anything else when you are in a casino.

== A Major Boost to Local Economies ==

There are more negatives than positives when people talk about gambling. However, it is important to note that there are people who benefit from it without having to gamble.

Casinos attract thousands of people from all over the world. When they visit the casino, some of the money they bring ends up in businesses surrounding the casino.

Having such a large influx of people frequently also creates good long-term business relationships between the actual casinos and surrounding businesses. For instance: if you own property near a casino, you may end up providing accommodation for gamblers. As long as the casino operates, you will be making money as well.

It is open for discussion whether gambling is risky or beneficial. On a personal level it is important to know that it is addictive. There are some instances where people sold their expensive cars very cheap, only to gain money for gambling. On a societal level it can provide good business opportunities and promote crime at the same time. When it comes to gambling, the chances of winning or losing will always be 50/50.

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