by Joshua Rowley
Casinos want us to spend as much time within their premises as possible. To make sure that players stay and gamble longer, casinos use various tricks. Those tricks affect our subconscious, and manipulate us into spending more time (and more money) at the casino. Keep reading below, and learn how casinos manipulate players into spending more time within their premises.
1. What Time Is It?
Believe it or not, many people don’t wear watches, or bring and use their phone in the casino. Of course, the gaming industry knows about this, but they have no intention to help you keep track of time. In fact, they do not want you to know what time it is.
When people are doing something they like, they usually feel that time drifts by at a faster pace. Essentially, the more unaware players are of the time, the more likely they are to keep on gambling.
Do you expect to get the time from the casino dealers? Don’t! In most casinos, dealers are instructed not to tell players what time it is.
However, casinos (mostly in the UK) have begun adopting new rules, mainly due to pressure from regulators, who say that players must not be deprived of the right to know the current time.
2. Is It Day Or Night?
Have you noticed any windows in casinos? Surely, there are windows near the entrance and/or exit, but that is all. Once you go deep into the heart of the casino, you will not see a single window. This trick goes hand in hand with having no visible clocks.
In essence, casinos want to lure you in, and make you forget what time it is, and even whether it is day or night. They want you focused on gambling. Naturally, when there is a window near you, you might get distracted by something on the street, and stop or slow down your playing. This, obviously, is unprofitable for any casino.
But, that is not all. Most streets in Las Vegas are quite bright and flashy. Sometimes the street atmosphere is more appealing than the casino atmosphere, and this can make players want to go outside. How do casinos make players want to stay inside? By removing all the windows, of course!
3. The Atmosphere
Think about the surroundings at a casino. The light, the carpets, the colors. The whole atmosphere at a casino feels homey, cozy, and welcoming.
The lights in casinos are quite dim, right? Well, there is a reason behind it. Harsh lighting could be harmful to the eyes, and make people feel as if they are being interrogated. Dim lighting, on the other hand, translates to feelings of comfort, and allows players to settle in and feel safe while enjoying themselves. Interestingly, even carpets are picked out for a manipulative reason.
Most people consider carpets in casinos to be either dowdy or flashy. And yet, the human brain does not share the same opinion. To the brain, carpets in casinos are welcoming and pleasing to the eye with their colors, patterns, and strange lines. Add to this the casino walls, and their captivating paintings and wallpapers, plus the music that is played in casinos, and the hypnotic mood is all set!
Casinos aim to engage as many of your senses as possible in order for your brain to create a better memory of the place, and make you want to visit again daily, or as often as possible.
4. Almost Winning
Without a doubt, the feeling a player gets when they win big is comparable to nothing. But, did you know that almost winning gets your adrenaline pumping like crazy, too? It does not matter whether you play table games, or slot machines, the principle behind all casino games is the same: you win some money at first, but in the end, it is the “house” that makes the most profit.
Think about slot machines, for example. They usually give small payouts to players who are one cherry/bell/seven away from winning the slot’s jackpot. Being that close to a win affects players mentality, making them gamble more (and thinking that they can eventually win).
Things are not much different with table games. A gambler may win a few hands at poker, and start believing that the game is winnable. But, the “house” usually has the advantage, which means that, in the long run, it is usually the “house” that wins.
There are also games which make players feel like they are in control of the outcome, like craps for example. Many players do not realize that the “house” has an edge, and they believe that they are in control of the game, so that player may spend their whole day (and night) addictively throwing dice.
Note: The four casino tricks mentioned above are the most widely used, but there are more: (A) Casinos make you play with chips, instead of money. (B) They give multiple rounds of free alcohol. (C) They offer free room and board. (D) They have big celebrations for your rare wins. (E) They place bathrooms deep into the casino. (F) They offer loyalty programs.
This article was written by Joshua Rowley, an online roulette expert at http://www.roulettevision.com. If you love roulette games, you can find the complete guides for how to use roulette systems, and how roulette systems work here: http://www.roulettevision.com/guides/