Over the course of a few weeks, I conducted a very brief survey, asking randomly chosen casino visitors one simple question. The question was, “Why did you visit this casino today?” Besides receiving an odd look every now and then, I managed to get a range of different reasons why people visit casinos.
Reason 1: To gamble. Not suprisingly, this was the main reason as you can probably guess by looking around the game tables and slot machines.
Reason 2: To eat and drink. While some singles and couples attended the casino to enjoy a few drinks at the bar, others were more interested in dining out at the casino restaurant.
Reason 3: Entertainment. This is another very common reason for visiting a casino. Whether it’s to see a comedy, magic, singing or dancing show, entertainment is a major factor when it comes to drawing casino visitors.
Reason 4: To socialize. Catching up with friends and socializing was another very common reason for visiting a casino.
Reason 5: Employment. This is not a reason that you’d expect to come up too frequently in people’s minds, but it is nevertheless true. Many people go to a casino because they work there, be it as a dealer, showgirl or a waitress.
Reason 6: Boredom. Many people decided to venture down to the casino because they were feeling bored and did not know where else to go, or what else to do on a Friday or Saturday night.
Reason 7: Someone brought me here. Someone decided to visit the casino and bring their partner, relative, friend or colleague along.
Reason 8: To learn how to play the games. A few people attended the casino to watch and learn how to play some of the casino games.
Reason 9: Romance. Be it the couple who decided to meet at the casino on a date or the single man or woman who is hoping to meet someone interesting, casinos are apparently great venues for meeting interesting new people.
Reason 10: There was no solid reason 10, but a collection of funny, strange and weird answers such as “I needed to use the bathroom” and “Someone owes me money”.
So as you can see, people don’t just visit casinos in order to gamble, but for a variety of interesting reasons.