I didn't know what a slot tournament was when I read Kathleen's blog just now. Surely, I thought, this can't mean a slot machine tournament! How can you call something a tournament that involves absolutely no skill-based component whatsoever? But apparently they can, and do. And people pay to participate. The mind boggles.
That reminded me of the Robert A. Heinlein quote along the lines of, "gambling is a tax on people who can't do math." But I couldn't find it. "Author unknown," says google. I did find a different Heinlein quote, more applicable to poker:
There is no such thing as "social gambling." Either you are there to cut the other bloke's heart out and eat it — or you're a sucker. If you don't like this choice — don't gamble.
I guess I've led a sheltered existance -- hey, I've been in Utah the last ten years -- but I didn't know there was a lottery advice magazine industry either. I ran across an outstanding blog entry about them while searching for the source of that bad-at-math quote. I can't excerpt Joe in a family-oriented blog, but he uses no stronger language than is called for. (But if I scared you away from reading his blog, at least read the article that set him off. Damn.)
You know the scariest part? These people are voting.