I was recently visiting friends in the St. Louis area. On a scenic drive we passed within view of what I took to be a tourist riverboat but what in fact was a floating casino. My friend Shirley told me that it has hundreds (perhaps thousands?) of slot machines that are exceedingly popular with people of retirement age, especially women. Apparently, this place has had recurring problems with women peeing on the carpet because they wouldn’t take a short break to visit the loo.
I’m definitely impaired when it come to casino gambling - I really have a hard time understanding the appeal of playing a game rigged against you and in favor of billionaire casino owners. I don’t tend to go there, so perhaps someone can help me understand:
Why are some casinos on boats (that apparently never sail), rather than on shore?
Is my friend correct that slot machines appeal disproportinately to older women? Is so, does anyone know why? Are any statistics on the demographics of gamplers published?
Why would a slot machine player pass up a 3-minute bathroom break when nature calls? Are these machines set up to be more or less likely to pay off according to circumstances (I was under the impression that they were required to be as close to purely random as possible.)
Just how profitable are these machines? (Hideously, I know - but are actual figures published?)