11 July 2008
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Gambling on a Space Casino
Casino on the moon by 2040, double or nothing
by G B Leatherwood
“Nowhere is out of reach, even space!”

So says Online Casino Reports chief editor Daniel O in comments to Moon Daily.com, saying that bets are now being laid that there will be a casino on the moon by 2040. The report goes on to say that, from their perspective, it is not out of the question to expect the casino to arrive within the next thirty years.

A gaming casino on the moon? Right now, the betting is long range, with wagers not only on “if” it will happen but “when.”

It probably won’t stop there. Hard-core gamblers will bet on just about anything, so it is not out of the question that wagers will be made not only on the simple premises, but also on a range of other variables, such as who will get there first, which currency will be used, what new games involving lower gravity will be developed (and they surely will be), and of course, where it will be located.

Will there be a “Lunar Gaming Commission” to regulate who will be allowed to take the suckers, er, I mean the customer’s money? Which Earth government will get their cut? (One can only shudder at the thought of the bureaucratic red tape involved.) Since gaming establishments typically create the illusion that time doesn’t exist, the new casino could be located on the dark side of the moon where the sun really never shines, and there literally is no day or night.

The new phenomenon in odds betting has a charitable twist, according to the article published on July 11, 2008, as visitors to the Long Bet site can comment on the space casino prediction and turn it into a competitive bet. All proceeds are directed towards the charity of the bettor’s choice.

Five minutes of suborbital weightlessness? Good. A honeymoon trip to an orbiting hotel? Better. But hitting a big jackpot on the moon? Now there’s a tourist attraction worth betting on.
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G B Leatherwood 11 July 2008
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