Over the years, casinos have employed a wide plethora of tactics to keep people stimulated. The more stirred up and excited a person is, the more likely it is they will follow instincts instead of reason, which is good for the house, because that means more gambling. Raising oxygen levels, air filtration and even pheromones in the ventilation system have been reported which only stands to show you how far casinos are willing to go in order to get you to play their games and consequently get your money.
Free Drinks and Food
Nowadays, a more common method is to give out free drinks to players, provide free snacks, give out membership cards and other perks all with the single purpose of making you feel special. If it works, you are probably going to stay there for extended periods of time, waste a lot of money and keep coming back so you can recreate those feelings. The place, itself, makes you feel right at home. There are other gambling enthusiasts, just like you. They make you feel accepted. No one is judging you. No one is reminding you of your responsibilities. It’s paradise. Or so it seems, while in fact all of this is created in the interest of taking your money.
Don’t think it’s just that, though. The game has many levels. It’s a proven fact that the more senses the house stimulates, the more likely it is they will be able to influence your decisions. If they try only one thing (say, free drinks), that’s just one of your sense. The probability of success isn’t that high. However, add sound and visuals to the gustatory sensations, as well nice aromas floating through the air and what you get is a very compelling atmosphere.
Special Lights to Attract Attention
Casinos would use special lights for the unoccupied machines so they can attract your attention. Sounds are also frequently employed so you can’t just walk by and not take interest in what’s going on. The sounds and lights are often the same, or at least in many ways similar to the ones the machine uses when someone wins, so you can’t help but look around when you hear the sounds of victory. You think that someone’s won, but you see that the machine is empty. It’s almost as if fate wants you to play. The bright colors, the alluring lights, the tantalizing sounds – the machine is speaking to you. It wants you to win. Why would you turn down such a glaring opportunity to deprive the house of some of its money? That doesn’t make any sense. You have to play. Or at least this is what the intended effect is. You will be surprised at how often it works.
It’s not a coincidence that the sounds and lights are so basic, either. They are designed to condition you, and it’s much easier to condition someone using something primary and fundamental, than it is if you try with something complicated. The sounds you associate with winning are forever linked to your excitement. You are going to look for them. Every time you hear them, you will remember the exhilarating experience and will want to recreate it again. The psychological element is huge in every casino game. Don’t think that just because Slots are automated, it’s not there. Everything is catered in a proficient money-grabbing way.
Some casinos even have demo-machines with the objective of making you enter the casino. They can be bigger, brighter or can offer free trials with a prize. It doesn’t matter how they do it – if you enter the casino, they’ve done their job well.
I feel that here is the place for a warning. Although playing Slots always carries a risk and represents some of the worst bets in the entire casino, playing Slots outside of a casino even riskier. It’s basically a financial suicide. The machines aren’t inspected by organizations protecting the bettor’s interests as much as those in the casinos, hence they offer even bigger house edge. You may find them in bars, pubs, cruise ships, or even airports. Wherever you spot them, stay away. Ignore the temptation. I know it will be hard, but please try. You need to understand that you will almost always lose.
At the end of the day, the only way to play Slots properly is to be mindful of these mental traps. You need to get into the casino with the clear idea that you are going to play the one-armed bandit and that you will probably lose like many others before you, but it’s OK, because you will have some fun in the process.
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You need to remember that the odds are against you, that the game is based on luck, and that you won’t solve anything by pouring more money into the machines. That is the only way you can truly “win” at Slots, whether you win or lose. I guess not losing too much counts as a win in this case.