In this day and age, it is becoming easy to be very cynical on just about anything; to sit in the online peanut gallery and anonymously launch written bombs expressing snarky, sarcastic and often misinformed opinions designed to rile on topics public and personal. These faceless skeptics are often called online trolls, and since there is a dark corner of the modern zeitgeist where they are adored and encouraged, they are likely to be around for quite some time to come.
Suffice to say the casino gaming industry has not been immune from the less than gentle touch of the Internet troll. Look under the “comments” section on publically posted newspaper articles on gaming and you’ll often find digs about the foolish politicians who legalized wagering, how the business in bankrupting communities, how all casino operators are crooks bent on taking money out of state and anyone who supports the casino industry is an idiot (or something worse). They’re all old tropes, many disproven, that continue to circulate about casinos and will, unfortunately, live forever on the web.