Have you ever wondered why it’s so easy for you to drain your entire life savings at the casino? A gambling addiction may not be to blame. It may be that you were victim to one or more of the tricks casinos use to get you to spend more money. Here are ten such tricks.
10. They Use Chips Instead of Real Money
Playing with colorful chips that look more like toys than money makes it much easier to gamble away your entire life savings — and casinos are well aware of this. But, remember this: just because it doesn’t look like real money doesn’t mean a thing. Those chips may not be money but they do represent actual currency once you change your cash into them, so place your bets carefully.
TIP: Beware of loading money onto your card to play digital games. That’s another little trick casinos use to make you feel like you’re not spending real money.
9. They Install Ugly Carpeting
As weird as this sounds, it’s actually true. Casinos use carpeting with ugly, hideous patterns in order to keep your eyes off the floor. So, how exactly does that keep you spending money? Well, according to Ranker, casinos know that the less likely you are to hang your head and stare at the ground — or in this case the floor — the less likely you are to get sleepy and go to bed. And, according to an article published by MSN, even if you do happen to hang your head and stare at the floor, they make sure the carpet is brightly colored to trick you into thinking it’s an appropriate time to be awake no matter how late it may be.
8. They Block Out the Outside World
Have you ever noticed that casino doors are usually tinted so dark that you can’t even tell whether it’s day or night outside? Perhaps you’ve also noticed that it’s always very bright inside no matter what time it is, despite the fact that there are no windows. And, speaking of time, have you ever noticed there are no clocks on the gambling floor? All of this, as we previously mentioned, is so that you’ll be tricked into staying awake. After all, if you don’t know what time it is or you can’t see how dark it’s getting outside, you’ll have no desire to go to bed. And, of course that just keeps you in the casino even longer spending even more of your hard-earned money.
7. They Celebrate Wins
Those flashing lights and sounds that go off when someone wins are not actually for celebratory purposes. The real aim is to get others to see how “easy” it is to win. Unfortunately, the truth is it’s not that easy. Your odds of hitting the jackpot or going on a hot streak are pretty slim. But, all the excitement from all those blaring sounds and flashing lights causes people to want to gamble even more — and, that can promote problem behavior, researchers from the University of British Columbia found, according to MarketWatch.com. In fact, during a recent study, the researchers found that those sensory cues made people take more risks even when the odds were against them. That’s because they were distracted by all of the bells and whistles, so to speak — and the money of course. The study also found that when those sensory cues were eliminated, the gamblers showed more restraint.
6. They Pump Oxygen into the Room
Did you know that the more oxygen you inhale, the more alert and awake you feel? Perhaps you may not have known this, but casino owners do — and they take full advantage of it (at least that’s the rumor circulating anyway)! According to Ranker, casinos filter extra oxygen to the gambling floor to keep you awake, alert, and in the mood to spend.
Of course, ask any casino owner if this is true and they’ll deny it — as does Dr. David Schwartz, former director of the Center for Gaming Research at UNLV. He once told Casino Player Magazine that “not only is that untrue, it’s nonsense. This is an environment in which people smoke cigarettes. You wouldn’t have people smoking cigarettes in an oxygen-rich environment. That’s something that would never happen.”
5. They Offer Lots of Freebies
Casinos give out several rounds of free alcohol. And, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why that is. The more alcohol you consume, the more cloudy your judgment becomes. It also lowers your inhibitions, so you feel less guilty about gambling away your hard-earned money. Then, there’s the free meals and free room and board you get if you spend a big wad of cash at the casino. This is all to keep you coming back in the hopes of turning you into a repeat customer.
4. Their Servers Dress Sexy
You know what else casinos offer along with that free alcohol? Scantily clad servers. “Requiring female servers to wear revealing outfits is part of the hypnotic mindset and part of the waking-state placebo effect,” celebrity hypnotist Richard Barker told GOBankingRates. “The mind is expecting pretty cocktail servers in revealing clothing. … The gamblers’ experience matches their expectations and so it sparks a match in the brain. This connection allows the mind to rest and be lulled further through the casino’s hypnotic trance tactics.”
3. Bathrooms are Placed Strategically
Ever notice how you have the toughest time finding a bathroom in a casino? That’s because they bury them way in the back of the building. That way you have to walk deeper into the casino past a bunch of other games, machines and whatnot that will lure you in and tempt you to spend more money. By the time you’re finished trying your luck at those other games you might forget that you even had to go to the bathroom in the first place.
2. There’s Always an ATM Nearby
Casinos make access to cash convenient by having ATMs on the premises. “ATM machines keep you there by allowing you to spend more than what you have in your pocket,” Joyce Orsini, a consultant and associate professor at Fordham University, told GOBankingRates. “And for the big spender, there are pre-approved credit lines that allow you to drain your bank account — up to pre-approved limits.”
Those pre-approved credit lines, also known as markers, are convenient for people who don’t like to carry a lot of cash or incur ATM fees. So convenient, in fact, that at Caesars Entertainment casinos, you can approach any table game and ask the dealer for a marker to begin playing — no cash required.
1. They Hide the Cashier’s Window
Well, they don’t actually hide it. They just make it extremely hard for you to find. Ironically, they make it super easy for you to trade in your cash for chips at any table on the floor. But, that’s all a part of the plan. They want to make it as simple as possible for you to spend your money and as difficult as possible for you to cash out. That’s why you have to go over the river and through the woods, so to speak, just to find cashier’s window. And, when you do finally get to it, the wait is long as heck. That’s because they’re banking — no pun intended — on you getting so tired of waiting in line that you return to the casino and be tempted to spend some more money.
So, now that you know the tricks, arm yourself with this knowledge before your next trip to the casino. Or, better yet, don’t go at all!