Let's face it. Anybody who has been in a casino, Keno parlor, race track, off track betting, or other gambling venue has seen people who look like they can't afford to gamble. But, it's their choice. As long as they meet the minimum standards of age, behaviour, and personal hygiene, nobody is going to prevent them from losing everything they own. The same applies to online poker and casinos
, except for the personal hygiene part.
When you get older and less mobile, there are less things for you to do. A casino, for example, is a great place to go when you want to get out of your four walls and be entertained. You get out with people, have some excitement, get drinks delivered, have a good meal, and maybe see a show. If you have trouble getting around, there will always be someone there to help you when you need it. They want you to have a good time so that you'll come back.
The elderly lady and the granddaughter that started this thread is a good example. We have to assume that this lady had plenty of money. Why? If she didn't, and if I were the grandchild, I would make darn sure that nana wasn't blowing my inheritance at the casino. Was misreading her hand a silly mistake? Absolutely, but I saw the same thing happen with a pro at the WSOP
. If I remember correctly, it was Mike Matusow.
I don't play a lot of poker in B&M casinos but I do have one rule. If I'm not willing to take every last nickel from every player at the table, I won't sit down.
My only problem is that I haven't yet figured out how to get all "last nickels" after I sit down.