Casino Culture: The Daydreamers
The room is alive, a lady screams of joy having just won a fortune on her favourite card game. Friends and family alike stream in and out, those destined not to lose their footing, clinging to tables. As they slide their pay packet onto their lucky numbers and pray in anxious wait for a payout, the house watches from above, a quiet and mysterious figure, a house that never sleeps. It is of course, a Friday night at the casino.
A spectrum of colour, lavish carpets and chandeliers line the hallways enchanting those who enter but all of this acts as a distraction, shielding view of those trapped in their own psychological prison. A helpless state of gambling addiction. When the partygoers filter out the doors and the night of drunken excitement is over, the sun exposes the daydreamers.
They chase big money, yearning for the jackpot whilst internally and subconsciously running from their everyday lives. One step forward, two steps back. These people are disconnected and desensitised. No amount of money will ever be enough, for that is not what they truly desire. The daydreamers distract themselves from reality, creating a second life within the walls of the house. They are broken, incomplete and sad. After their pockets have been turned inside-out, they make the long and tiresome journey home, a brief visit before they return to their cell later that week. Their stories may never be heard and those imprisoned may never seek help. From experience this dark and entrenched casino culture is more prevalent than some may think and awareness of those caught up in the bright lights is vital to their future.