Listen, casino gambling is a recreational activity, with the vast majority of games offered having a skewed advantage to the house. We all know it. Don’t Give In To Casino Trickery.
Focusing on Addiction
An article by Dr. Harrigan is the lead researcher and contact person for the University of Waterloo Problem Gambling Research Team. His primary research interest is in gambling addictions. Dr. Harrigan’s focus is on why so many slot machine gamblers become addicted. In addition, he believes that the “Casino Industry” is trying to make addicts out of all of us.
So, how do casinos entice the individual gambler into gambling more? According to Dr. Harrigan, casinos are not truthful about how much the slot machine pays.
I’ve got news for you Dr. Harrigan, that’s why it’s called “gambling!”
Modern Slots Trickery
Dr. Harrigan’s article says “…..on modern slot machines, half of ‘wins’ are actually net losses. An example would be a $1 bet with a 30¢ payoff. This is a loss of 70¢, but the machine shows bright graphics and makes sounds announcing a win. Researchers call these events Losses Disguised as Wins (LDWs). Unfortunately, these slots have clearly show that players experience as actual wins, giving the players the (incorrect) positive feelings that they are winning.”
No kidding. The invention of video slots gave the impression of lots of small hits instead of waiting longer for bigger hits in reels. Bonuses also play in this game – individual hits can be small more often due to the chance and volatility of hitting a bigger bonus. We all wait to hit THE BIG ONE! Lotteries, the worst odds of all, wouldn’t be so popular – but we want the chance to hit the BIG ONE!
In the longer run, the real problem is that the payout percentage continues to be lower throughout the country. Why? Because as a culture, we still intend on being constantly entertained, so it doesn’t matter to most players. We know the games pay less – but we like the fun, so we play them anyway. Why would so many people settle for 6/5 blackjack? or 6/5 JOB Video poker? Or Keno?
Doesn’t the responsibility on which games to gamble on rest on the shoulders of the gambler? YES!
Shouldn’t gamblers that play often be responsible enough to KNOW the best games, best strategies, and the pitfalls of high casino-advantage games? YES
Conclusion – be aware
So, be aware of the “tricks” (or maybe they are just good business practice) and take responsibility for your gaming. But if it’s not fun anymore, contact GA. Casinos have many different programs to help out of control gamblers. For example, casinos offer a “voluntary self–exclusion” list of compulsive gamblers. Signing this agreement would enable casinos to deny entry or be ejected from the premises.
It’s not a black and white situation. It is neither solely the casino’s fault or the addict’s – it’s a gray area, and very complex.
So, be careful, be smart, be knowledgeable, and go to the casino with a money management plan for your visit every single time. This way you limit the “trickery” of those casinos, and also help to either leave with money, or at least lengthen your bankroll’s life. Don’t Give In To Casino Trickery
Remember – Of all things, if you can’t control your gambling, seek help.
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That’s all for now.