One reason that people are attracted to gambling is the possibility of winning. Although it’s true that winning and losing are intrinsically connected, it’s not the only reason why people gamble. Some people even develop a pathological gambling disorder, wherein they keep playing despite a loss. Some report a “constant gambling buzz” after a loss, and one Wall Street executive admitted to laundering $100 million for his addiction.
Even though the process of losing is frustrating, it can still produce endorphins and adrenalin. In fact, a study from the University of Stanford found that 92% of people had a “loss threshold” whereby losing money didn’t diminish their enjoyment of a casino. In fact, it seems that losing does increase the positive response to winning, as the player’s expectations are changed during a losing streak.
The casinos’ game designs are designed to confuse people’s brains. The bright lights and bells of the machines send wires in their brains tumbling. While free drinks might sound like a great idea, they could be dangerous, since they can impair judgment while betting. Fortunately, most people gamble for fun, and are aware of the house edge, even if they are not completely aware of it.
The most positive gamblers enjoy the thrill of winning and have personal strategies that help them control their gambling. In fact, nine out of ten people surveyed said that they set a limit before they go to a casino and limit the time they spend playing. Many also take a specific amount of money with them and leave their bank cards at home. In addition, they don’t gamble with their bank cards, either.