Gambling addiction can affect people of all ages and backgrounds. However, it’s particularly problematic for college students who are exposed to gambling ads on social media channels and may be more prone to engage in risky behaviors.
From opening loot boxes to esports wagering, new paths are being opened for the gambling industry. Casinos can embrace these shifts by taking their games outside of the gaming floor.
Modern Music and Entertainment Arena
From Madison Square Garden Company’s futuristic Sphere in Las Vegas to Gateway Center Arena’s soundproof shell, cutting-edge venue adaptations are reshaping today’s live entertainment industry. According to grosses reported by promoters and venues to Boxscore, ticket sales are at an all-time high.
These trends include fortified safety and security measures, nods to sustainability, upscale concessions and Instagram-ready visual signatures. They also reflect the increasing popularity of esports and other events outside the traditional concert arena.
Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg is a big name in the community and has made a point to stay ahead of the curve with innovations like their new eSports Arena. This innovative event hub is a great place for gamers to test their skills against the best players in the region. Its new eSports arena features a state-of-the-art 4K digital display that is sure to impress fans. The venue also hosts local broadcasts from WIFC and WOZZ. In addition to showcasing the latest eSports technology, they will offer a variety of other exciting games such as the AGS VertX Duo, an innovative dual screen 32″ cabinet featuring vibrant 4K graphics.
Food and Beverage
Casinos are increasingly becoming destinations where the thrill of sports, the exhilaration of gambling and the pleasures of fine cuisine converge. These culinary excellences enhance the sensory journey of patrons, bringing them to a higher level of experience.
For example, Sky River in Elk Grove focuses on Asian food at its luxe Dragon Beaux restaurant. Its colorful murals, dramatically lit golden Buddhas and booths capped with wooden slats evoking birdcages make it easy to forget you’re on a gaming floor. But the bleeps and chimes of slot machines are ever-present, reminding you that there are other reasons to visit the property.
Carrie Gordon, VP of marketing at Thunder Valley, has no problem saying “the ‘F’ word,” referring to the food court. But she also references Italian food hall Eataly as an inspiration for a more high-end, fast-casual restaurant at the casino.
While casinos are known for their oversized buffets and endless rows of slot machines, there’s a growing trend among casino guests for health-centered experiences. From yoga to spa treatments, more and more people are looking for ways to improve their physical health while visiting a casino resort. However, positioning your casino as a wellness destination doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, partnering with food and beverage suppliers who offer a wide range of quality clean eating options can easily be incorporated into your existing menus without raising operating costs.
Problem gambling is often accompanied by mental health issues like depression, and seeking treatment from therapists or support groups can be beneficial for individuals struggling with both conditions. These professionals can help identify underlying issues and provide effective self-help strategies that may include cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. In addition, peer support from others who have similar challenges can be a great source of comfort and encouragement for individuals.