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Gamblers Voluntarily Give Over 20 Million Dollars to Wealthy Casino

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SPRINGFIELD, MA: In a devastating loss for some households, Massachusetts gamblers gave over 20 million dollars to the MGM Springfield casino in the month of May alone. 

The willing transfer of hard earned cash into the hands of a giant corporation by both addicts and the plain old desperate was a record breaker for the casino.  Noted MGM president William Hornbuckle,”That folks shoveled millions into our coffers with little or no monetary reward continues to prove the brilliance of our business model. As well as the age-old adage, ‘There’s a sucker born every minute.’   

Hornbuckle openly admitted MGM depends on human brain chemistry (as well as the free drinks) to hook and maintain their customer base. “It still amazes me,” he said, shaking his head, “that this sh*t continues to be legal!” The dopamine hit the human brain gets from winning even a few bucks playing Purse of the Mummy  or

Cougar-licious  leads some health experts to view the gaming industry as a neurologically induced, substanceless drug business. 

Like any mind altering substance, the activity of gambling can hijack your brain, causing many to lose conscious control of their behavior as they convince themselves that watching 146 YouTube videos on Texas Hold’em has made them a card shark ready for Vegas. Or at least Springfield.

Lidia Zambrini, a 5th grade teacher in the Springfield Public Schools defended her attraction to slot machines. “Look, I’m not stupid. I know the odds are against me.  But the odds of making a living wage in my chosen profession are even worse. So what the hell.”

In an effort to help pump the brakes on problem gamblers, the MA Gaming Commission now funds an in-house program to help them. Counselors can be found roaming the casino floor 16 hours a day, identifiable by their bright orange vests with “You Can ‘Tell’ Me” printed on the back.

“Isn’t that kind of like Jack Daniels running a rehab from within the distillery?” questioned Henry Malloy, addiction counselor at Hope Health Systems, a non-profit devoted to aiding those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. “I mean, if you have a business that causes you to create a service to help customers stop engaging with your business, maybe there’s something wrong with your business.”  

by Christine Stevens

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