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When Fun Is A Bigger Pay-Off Than Winning

December 4, 2012 at 2:44 PM | by | ()

Not all time in a casino is spent being a perfect gambler. Sometimes, we shun the best paying games and perfect strategy for mind numbing entertainment. This writer crosses his time in the casino both ways. There's a time for focused gambling, but there's also time for playing games while having a couple of drinks. There's nothing wrong with that. There are more people out just to have a good time in the casino than there are advantage gamblers. As they say "these casinos don't just build themselves."

A recent study from Oregon State University supports the claim that people that gamble are in it for fun more than money. The report also says that between 70% and 90% of gamblers prefer slot machines than table games. If you've ever walked through a casino, you've probably noticed that it's made up of mostly slots. The study also looks at the psychology of the typical person in a casino.

Slot players typically fall into four groups: bored people looking for something to do, players seeking a buzz, people who want to have fun and people looking to relieve stress. The last group, the “relaxation gamblers,” tends to be the most educated and affluent. Those players make up the majority of gamblers in the United States, according to surveys by slot manufacturers.

The study also states that the most popular game among the people they surveyed is the 3-coin "Wheel of Fortune" slots that have been in the process of being phased out of casinos for the past few years to bring on new technology. No surprise since the average slot player is a 55-60 year old woman that likes to play what they know. Also not surprising is that only 20% of slot players like the fun multi-tiered, "complex," and colorful slot machines that manufacturers have bee introducing over the past couple years.

If you've ever walked into a casino, you have probably seen each type of gambler described here. Depending on the time of day, on any given day, most gamblers fit into each of these categories. So, what did this study prove? Casinos are made up of people that gamble for fun and to relax. Cool story, bro.

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