You see..get people talking and we start to identify real objections. Which is the first step to gaining acceptance.
Number one...there would be no coins...the slots can be entirely electronic with credit cards or with bills and payment by cash or electronic transfer. So no weight issues.
number two...People gamble against computers all the time. The biggest money makers in casinos are slot machines, and more people play them than every other type of gaming combined.
number three...Of course the airline keeps the money, I especially like to ide of having a private casino concern run the thing and pay a fee plus a cut to the airline. Will folks do it? It depends on how it is marketed. (I know swiss tried it, but since when are the Swiss the greatest marketers? ) Let Virgin or Singapore try it. DO
it on Asian routes where the flights are the longest and people have time on their hands, and it is a fact that gambling is much more accepted and practiced in certain Asian countries. In the US it is still taboo in most states for open gambling (people try to get around it with pari-mutual betting and lotteries, but casinos are typically held to riverboats, reservations and the two cities known for it...there is not a legal casino in every town in the US.) So if the airline can provide this service outside of territorial waters, then more power to them.
number 4...there need be no loose roulette balls flying around as most of the gaming would be electronic with the possibility of a table or two where cards could be dealt. With a well thought out design the casino section could be made partially convertible and seating in the cabin would be filled by paying passengers who will be seated there for takeoff and landing, so airlines could further mitigate any perceived revenue loss and easily realise a profit..
number 5... Hey I was not proposing jaccuzzis or bowling alleys. As a previous poster mentioned Virgin does have massage tables and a bar in their birds, so this idea is perhaps not so far fetched. As I said earlier the previous examples of piano bars and lounges were executed by people who were not really experienced in profit generation in a competitive environment. If this is executed properly it could be a real moneymaking marketing lure for an airline that knows how to execute properly.
Has anyone here done any kind of market research on gambling? Does anyone here understand how much revenue is generated by gambling for the establishments that provide hosting services or casinos? This really could work if properly done. The question is who is willing to take the risk and try it out.