If you have ever visited a casino, I’m sure you would agree that you might find it difficult to leave. Have you ever wondered why you never felt tired while playing or had an almost constant expectation that you were going to be winning big?
That is because casinos use a wide variety of psychological tricks to keep you sitting in the chair and reaching for your wallet. It could be argued that online casinos might be far less captivating than their physical counterparts, simply due to the fact that you feel more detached from the experience and are able to control the environment around you.
Here’s a list of some psychological tricks that casinos use to keep you mesmerized. Knowing about these tricks might reduce the risk of you spending more money than you need and help you come up with a strategy to actually walk away with some profit.
As mentioned, you might have this unshakeable feeling that you are going to be winning big at any moment if you just keep playing. This feeling isn’t a coincidence or mistake but carefully calculated to keep you playing. The developers of the casino games are exceedingly good at programming these games to get very close to winning, especially with slot machines. You might get 2 out of 3 or 4 out of 5 many times consecutively or be teased with small payouts. This creates a very strong desire to spin one more time since you have almost won. In reality, 1 out of 5 is the same as 4 out of 5 because the result is the same. Winning $5 on a spin that cost $10 isn’t winning since you now actually have less money, but it creates the feeling that one more spin could be the one that changes your life.
The Time of Day
Have you ever needed to know the time when sitting in a casino, looked around, and saw no clock in sight, no window to guess the time? That is because casinos don’t have them for a reason. By removing clocks and windows, the only deciding factor of when to leave then becomes how much money you still have left to spend. When everyone around you looks energized, and the staff never look tired, it is very easy to fall into the trap of thinking that not much time has passed. This is another trick designed to create the illusion of an atmosphere that is never changing, where time stands still. The reason for this is to keep you inside the casino for as long as possible because the longer you are inside, the more money you will ultimately spend.
Bright Lights and Sounds
Being inside of a casino can sometimes definitely feel overwhelming, with all of the bright lights and sounds coming at you from every conceivable direction. This is all cleverly designed to keep you playing. The bright lights and sounds boost your mood and make you feel as if you are in a fun environment. This also leads you to believe everyone else in the casino is having fun and makes you think that winning is taking place when in reality, most people are actually losing.
The Casino Is a Labyrinth
Finding the bathroom, bar, cashier or an ATM is easy, but finding the exit of the casino is next to impossible. Almost everywhere area of the casino looks the same, with eye-catching machines emitting bright light and sounds. Most services in the casino are conveniently located in the center. The reason for this is, when you decide to leave you have to walk through of maze of machines, all tempting you to continue playing. The exits are challenging to find because the casino’s layout is designed to create confusion to prevent you from leaving.
The next time you are in a casino, try to find landmarks, making it easier for you to leave when you are ready. A good idea is to leave your bank cards at home and take only cash to limit how much you will be able to spend. If you want to keep track of the time, bring your phone and set alarms to remind yourself just how long you have been inside. Most importantly, stay safe and gamble responsibly.