When the Gambling Is Done, How Do You Cash Out?
Casinos are a whole other world. They smell funny. They don't have clocks. There's often no light. And, the money isn't useful outside of the casino. So, naturally, we love it! It's a life that most of us wouldn't want anywhere else. In fact, we'd avoid most places that treated us this way.
When we leave the casino, we leave all of that behind us. Well, most of it. The funny money the casino gives out often stays with us. If we're playing tables we're given chips for our cash to make us forget that we're playing with real money. When we cash in our chips, if we're lucky, we get our money back. If we're playing slot machines or video poker, we insert our money into the machine and play with credits. Again, this is to make us forget we're playing with real money. We're totally cool with this and when we're done, again if we're lucky, we cash out for real money.
The problem is that we're usually given hundred dollar bills that we usually can't use outside of the casino. Another attempt by the casinos to keep our money inside. No big deal, if we remember we can use a bill breaker or ask the cashier to get bills to use outside of a casino. It's annoying, though, to walk into a convenience store to grab a soda and forget that we only have a $100 bill they won't accept. It's come to the point where we've forced ourselves to ask for "one hundred small" whenever we cash a ticket and/or chips for more than $100. This way we always have real money that we can use in our real life outside of the casino.
What do with your leftover casino money? Do you cash it in for money you can use in the real world? Do you keep the funny money and stash it away for the bank? Or, do you save it all for your next casino adventure? Let us know in the comments below.