Monday, June 15, 2009

Gambling in Switzerland


The other night, my husband and I were walking home when a Baden Casino taxi dropped a man off in the center of town. He walked in front of us all the way to the UBS, where he took out money and then got back in the Casino taxi. I don't know if gambling is a big problem in Switzerland, but according to a recent article on swissinfo.ch, many Swiss "gamble their life away."

When I was outside the Baden Casino taking this picture, a guy came out of the casino and asked me for 3 CHF so he could pay the parking meter. I'm guessing he was losing. I only had my camera with me and nothing else so giving the guy money wasn't even an option, but please. This guy obviously had money to throw away gambling so I wasn't about to take pity on him for parking meter change. Besides, the Casino Taxi was parked right in front of us. An ATM was a short ride (or walk) away.

My neighbor is an avid gambler. We just saw her yesterday heading out with her "Casino Tasche", a special purse she uses only for gambling. A few months ago, I went to my first Swiss casino with her as my tour guide. You can read about the experience in this month's Swiss News, or by clicking here.

Have any of you visited a Swiss casino? What was your experience like?

6 comments:

M'dame Jo said...

No, never went in a casino - except for parties - and I don't think I ever will. Sounds too much like cigarette: easy to get used to, hard to get rid of.

Chantal said...

Maybe, but I couldn't wait to get out of the Baden Casino for that very reason--way too much cigarette smoke and not enough people having fun.

Jessica said...

Sorry that the casino was not very fun. Good article though! ;)

Traveler For Good said...

Even the American casinos do nothing for me. I am perfectly able to spend all my money without "giving" it away!

Chantal said...

Yeah, I guess I have no trouble spending mine on my own either :)

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