I'm wondering why most gamblers don't have a problem sitting there and getting overpaid in a situation like this, but then they'll go shopping and correct the grocery store clerk who undercharged them for bananas. Morally, what's the difference between a casino dealer and a grocery clerk?
To some, it is the same wrong, to others, a lot different.
By embodying an 'us versus them fair game" mentality against the evil casino and only for casino businesses, then anything goes is okay. This view is NOT transferred over to any other type of business establishment except the IRS, because the others are not evil in the mind of a gambler. It is very hard to view a casino game as beating luck, as much as beating the "enemy" dealer and especially the house.
Each transaction in a casino has a cost associated with it. Normally it's a percentage point or two above the fair value of the wager. In this Mississippi Stud case, based on the flawed dealer behavior, the price was wrong, it was far too low. How is that any different than the built-in profit a grocery store expects to charge on their goods? If bananas cost 99c/lb, the store maybe bought them for 89c/lb and expects to make 10c/lb. That's the way retail works. But if the clerk only charges you 19c/lb, obviously you're getting a great deal but, just as obviously, the store is losing money due to the employee error. But most people will say "no, that price is wrong" in the grocery scenario but not in the gambling scenario. Why?
See above; many here will not say that the goal is to play by the rules or accept the results of the cards to its proper take-and-pay actions, but to take as much as you can if possible in the case of casino play (or IRS reporting, for that matter)..
I think this is similar to the suspension of disbelief in viewing film stories, where you accept it "as the way for it to be for me," for it to work for you, and by the standards you have. In a movie house, when you see Batman or spider man walking on the side of the building, you say "of course, - he's going to stop the Riddler, he's got
to...." If you walk down 47th and Park Avenue in New York City, and someone tells you that Batman is coming down the side of the building, you hail a cop to take him to the nut house.
If you're at a Walmart and get clearly undercharged for your groceries, you usually point it out and pay the right price as the decent thing to do, especially because the checkers or Walmart are not viewed as the bad ones. To a gambler in a casino, the dealer and house are viewed as the enemy, and instead of it all being against variance or on the true result of the cards, it becomes what cash you can get away with, and you see this all the time. Books on shopping have titles like 'How to be a smart shopper;" book on casino play have titles such as 'BEAT the dealer," and 'Burning Down the House' (to the ground, baby!)
If a game is stopped because a floorman says the player was overpaid $30 on the last hand and has to toss it back in, all hell breaks loose over the injustice, and it has to be clawed out of his cold, dead hands like Charlton Heston. At Walmart, once that occurs, it is now, 'Oh - sorry - my mistake, here it is."
Certain mindsets of protocol and acceptability drop into us the various mental models or paradigms or protocols, based on where we are, and what we think is all right there
; in the movies it is Spider Man walking up the side of a building to save the day; at 47th & Park Avenue, while hailing a cab but seeing Spider Man walk up the side of a building, it's now a trip to the Psychiatrist's office; at Walmart it is to return any ill-gotten gains; at a casino it is grab as much ill-gotten gain as you can get without getting caught; at Shul, it is 'don't mention the Shrimp you had for lunch to the Rabbi'; but on a date, it is a Chinese restaurant for that lunch. Etc. We all rationalize Malarkey to ourselves as we see fit, and will fight to defend our often-wrong POV to the death.
The mind rationalizes and justifies our POV no matter how irrational in reality it is, - at varying times. We don't have to be rational or even honest, we just have to justify it to ourselves and then accept it as 'our fact' - for the situation.
Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes - Henry David Thoreau. Like Dealers' uniforms - Dan.