How casinos pick your pockets…quickly

via Andrew Sullivan

Casinos are very good at relieving you of your cash…quickly. It isn’t just the odds which are stacked in their favour either…they use other more scientific means to assist in emptying your pockets.

There’s a well-known study by Shiv and Fedorikhin showing that if you tax people’s working memory by making them remember a 7-digit string of numbers, people are more likely to make a less-optimal decision (they chose to eat chocolate cake versus the more healthy fruit salad option).

What most people don’t report is that this effect only held true if the participants had to make a quick, snap-decision. If they had time to think about it then they were more likely to choose the healthy option despite the memory load. We need to keep people distracted. …

Why do you think there are so many bright lights and loud noises in casinos?

Why do you think slot machines make so much sound when they pay out? These noises are relevant distractors. They capture your attention, they charge up your emotions, and they get you to think that you too can win big! They get you to play more fast and loose.


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