Game Nemesis Trick
It is an open secret that in the earliest days in Las Vegas, prosperity as the gambling capital of the nation most casinos were dishonest, at least some of the tables or in some games.
Traders have had a habit of leaving some of the home winnings stick to their fingers while they worked, and management has had a sense of repairing the equipment and cooking on the schemes to shear visiting yokels from Texas or the California.
More than one dealer has been fired in those days for refusing to help cheat unsuspecting suckers.
The explanation for the crookedness of management is even simpler than the explanation of why people play: greed. Realizing that they had the choice of setting slot machines at 80 percent returns to the house or five percent returns, those in advance of the casino just hesitated.
How could someone have difficulty choosing between 80 cents and five cents? In the same way, it seemed obvious that fixing the roulette wheel to give the house more of its legitimate mathematical odds was only good business.
Why take six percent a night when you could take 60? Even if the customers who lost in Las Vegas, or other (illegal) casinos around the grumble country they were having, half-believed it only.
Also, there was no way to prove such suspicions, and if you liked to play, you had to go where the action was, even if it were dishonest.
Many buyers in Las Vegas casinos in the early years were themselves hustlers, the people who had made a life with a poker scheme, for example, moving around the country shearing locals and then moving before anyone he suspected.
What has brought about this change is decreased enthusiasm by gamblers to take money, but realizing that patience and playing it straight can really make it greener in the long run without the risk of getting broken.
Just as advertising and big business are appealing to quarterbacks who throwing the game for a certain gambler, high finance has become more appealing to casino owners than cheating some Oklahoma’s sucker from a few thousand dollars.
A catalyst for this change, at least in Las Vegas, was Howard Hughes.
During the four years he remained in Las Vegas, Hughes bought a value of more than 500 million dollars in Las Vegas, including five hotels and two casinos.
In the process, he bought a new image for the little desert can spot and taught the world of big business something about the value of gambling.
By the time the Hughes realm finished, the hotels and casinos were being bought by giant corporations, organizations that ran them like businesses instead of clip joints.
Howard Hughes even tried to evict prostitutes from his hotels and casinos, a move that did not sit well with his clients. Nevada finally legalized prostitution, once again leading the nation into turning a vice into a source of income for the state.
Quickly and mysteriously as he had come, he removed from Las Vegas, going to what was to be his last stop, the Bahamas.
But the face of Nevada has always been changed. The changes had been at work across the country, too, as more and more resorts have looked favorably on the game as a means of raising money for the government.
The game was no longer a half-hidden and sleazy cheating; it was big business.