I love live casino gambling as much as anyone else, but some stories this week have me questioning how important live gambling is and if it needs to be part of my Saturday night repertoire.

My friends and I usually head to a local casino once a week for some drinks and gambling. We don’t spend the whole night there, unless we’re all on a winning streak. The night usually begins at the casino or ends there, though. But after reading this latest story, I’m not sure I want to win live again.

A woman has just been convicted of killing a gambler. Chi Bui won $10,000 at the Hawaiian Gardens Casino back in 2010. When 51-year-old Barbara Ann Hamel noticed the win, she followed him home along with Tad Allen Carroll.

Carroll knocked him to the ground to steal his cash and Hamel drove over his head with a car, killing him instantly. Tad Allen Carroll had already plead guilty and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. Michael Ross, a third accomplice, received a 15-year sentence.

Now, getting killed after casino gambling is a rarity. But getting injured? I’m not so sure it’s too rare. Two men leaving Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland were robbed by a mob on St. Patrick’s Day. While none of the victims were seriously injured, their wallets and cellphones were stolen.

Keep in mind, this attack didn’t happen at 1am, nor did it happen ad midnight. Nope, we’re talking 6:30pm. Definitely scary stuff going on out there.

But it’s not just people coming and going from casinos that should be concerned with safety. If you’re in Macau, you’ve got big reason to be worries – especially if you’re in the business of building casinos.

Macau is now putting together a slew of construction safety rules after several construction workers died in March 2015 at casino sites. While Macau casino revenues have fallen flat (a story that’s taken up most of the news over the last few months), there’s still a major casino boom happening in the gambling mecca.

Right now there are 60,000 construction workers in Macau, with half coming from mainland China. They are well trained as far as construction goes, but they aren’t required to adhere to certain safety standards that we might be used to in North America. That’s about to change with the new certification and training that will soon be required.

We’re glad to see this sort of regulation come into play. Now if only there were some sort of rules to protect people against being assaulted and/or killed near a casino. Oh right, they’re called “laws”. Hopefully people follow them.


Simon is an overactive gambler and the Staff Writer here at Silver Oak. He loves casino bonuses, online slots, and using the em dash too often. Currently, he rests his typing hands in Vancouver, Canada.