He raises an interesting point....in the strict sense of business, it's acceptable to make money at any legal endeavor, and certainly such casino gambling in Michigan is as such.craig11152 wrote:
Can you substantiate how many casino customers fit that demographic? I have never been in a Detroit Casino so I have no clue.
That said, some folks oppose gambling on religious and moral grounds; others on common good sense and mathematics. I never really looked at it this way, but clearly the Illitches CAN be criticized by some feeling this way. It might not fit for you or others, but it's a valid question to some....between sports, entertainment, investment, and pizza, it's not like they HAD to follow that course.
I've never been to any of the Detroit casinos, despite having spent a LOT of time in the region. I occasionally visit the St. Ignace and Petoskey casinos for 'other' reasons (concerts, dinner, etc.) I am going to see .38 Special at Little River in March. That said, I don't think I've gambled more than $10 in them in the past 30 years. On a cruise ship, I gambled $20 on the entire 40 day cruise. I think, barring other 'problems', people who have a mathematic or engineering background probably more easily see the fallacy of gambling better than some others?
I find them smoky, and disproportionately populated with people who, from their general appearance, dress, comportment, and demeanor probably can little afford to burn money in that fashion. It's clearly their choice....no one is twisting their arms....but one wonders if a guy like Illitch ever had a moment of pause when he no doubt thought about all that.
Not a reason to condemn him, or even think ill of him.....just parlor conversation.