After much deliberation, Singapore has decided to open a casino (hmm, looking at that link I see I better visit St. John's Island pretty soon, as it's about to get paved.) Concerns that "heartlanders" will become gambling addicts have been considered and rejected in favor of increasing tourism and clawing back revenue from Genting and Macau. No doubt it will be huge, tasteless, really clean, and spectacular, since they're planning to spend lots of money and hire guys from Vegas. Maybe it can have some kind of theme, like Atlantis, but with more merlions. Or, um, gambling in the T'ang dynasty? There could be wushu demonstrations every half hour. Oooh, and the chips could be shaped like golden taels!! Hey, I should make a bid for this...
I won't be spending much time there, though I'm sure there will be some good restaurants, because I don't like to gamble. Really don't like it. I will buy the very occasional lottery ticket, once every 5 years or so. Otherwise, the fear of losing money outweighs the feelings of prospective delight at winning money in my mind. Also, the odds are I will lose, so it tends to seem like a waste of money.
Maybe I'll brush up on those blackjack rules and reduce the odds as much as possible, and play a few hands? Maybe. It would be a chance to get dolled up and go somewhere with free drinks, that's not too bad. (This reminds me, when my brother and I were young we used to play blackjack with my grandmother Nannie, for penny stakes. She was always the house. Later, I realized that this wasn't totally fair.)
What about you all, dear readers? Love the ca-chunk of the slots? Want to hear the snickering passage of that little ball on the roulette wheel? Yearn to hear some bored dude in a tuxedo say "les jeux sont faits?" (God, what an idiot game baccarat is, anyway. I guess the prospect of losing vast amounts of money makes it fun, if that's your idea of fun.)