Being Overweight Pays Off Today at Casino

Mardi Gras promotion at Gulfstream Casino aims to put big butts in the seats
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2012 2:20 PM CST
Being Overweight Pays Off Today at Casino
A promo image for Gulfstream's 'Fat Tuesday' promotion.   (Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino)

It's Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, and the Gulfstream Park and Racing Casino in Florida is celebrating—what else?—fat people. In a promotion that's sure to make Michelle Obama cringe, the casino is offering players 10 cents in free slot machine credits for every pound they weigh. The casino will even have Krispy Kreme donuts on hand in case patrons want to bulk up a bit before their weigh-in, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Rest assured, the whole thing is a bit of a joke. The casino's main competitor is called Mardi Gras Casino. "They should really own Fat Tuesday because of their name, so we decided to create a parody," says Gulfstream's marketing director. He also brushed off concerns about encouraging people to gain weight. "If you gain 10 pounds, you get a buck," he points out. (More Mardi Gras stories.)

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