I've seen a lot of posters here state that they gamble for entertainment only. IMO it seems to be one of the greatest hypes the casinos have ever pulled. They've successfully been able to separate you from your $$ before the trip has even started. Don't get me wrong, there is clearly an entertainment value but I've never went in thinking I'm going to lose X amount of $$ and that's o.k. because it was "entertainment" money. I always go in with the intention of coming out ahead. I'm willing to accept losses but I've never thought "I'm down $X,xxx but at least it was fun!" To me "entertainment" has a fixed price like $20 for a movie or $100 for a show ticket. Gambling offers the possibility of coming home from the trip with more than you came with, not to mention the other perks that come with playing. So when you play for "entertainment" do you always play the minimum on slots or tables? I'm not knocking anyone. If you can take $50-$100 and play slots all day getting free drinks etc... I could see that as entertainment. Taking thousands of $$$ and writing it off before the trip even starts seems dangerous. At that point the "entertainment" tag seems like a cop out to justify losing which I'm sure the casino's just love.