Not everybody is looking for the same thing from their gambling. I know the first time I gave my mom and dad 40-cents and asked them to play them in a slot machine for me I was looking for the big bucks. When they returned from their gambling that night my father told me he hit a jackpot ($7.50) right after he said to my mother, "All right, these are Al's nickels." Might be true. It's possible. True or not, I had a whole bunch of nickels that stuffed my piggy bank until I invested them in candy and baseball cards. Life was good, but by the time I was feeding my own nickels in the slots at Lake Tahoe I was really just looking for the fun of playing. I loved watching the reels spin and the symbols bounce along the pay-line.
Slot manufacturers know most players want to win, but they also want entertainment, and your entertainment dollar doesn't go nearly as far today as it did twenty-years ago in the land of single-coin slots, $2 blackjack, and 25-cent craps. So today, we have to really know what we want from our gambling! Are you looking for the entertainment of the slot and video games or do you want the personal interaction found at a 21 table? Those are important questions when choosing a casino game to play.
Personally, I often want to just hide away in a corner and play video poker for an hour. No questions, no conversations. Just a chance to regroup and meditate on the four aces I plan on hitting (I don't think about hitting a royal flush, when it comes, it comes). When I want conversation I can always talk to my wife and children (just kidding). Actually, that's when I head to the poker room. I know the players there are willing to trade a few jokes and stories while I systematically take down all their chips. Might be true. It's possible. True or not, I think I'm investing my money at the poker table, not gambling, so sometimes my reward comes later.
Of course that's just me. So, what gambling rewards are you looking for?