Gambling is a global phenomenon that has remained a puzzle in behavioral science. In as much as many gamblers know that the odds are never in their favor, it doesn’t stop people from showing up in a casino, staking their money, losing, yet still coming back the next day or weekend to try their luck once more. Puzzling! Isn’t it?
As we seek to look into the statistics in gambling, LISTCRUX has also delved a bit into the motivations behind gambling as this is part of what informs the statistics. Here are the 2 main motivations we found out.
People have a desire to make money using the least effort
The number one reason a gambler goes to a casino is to make money. The fact that you can stake some money, play for a few hours and possibly double, triple or even quadruple your money sounds like a good proposition. In as much as it never plays out this way for most gamblers, the feeling that they will pull it off next time keeps them going back for more. It’s for this reason that casinos and other gambling establishments will run lots of ads dangling jackpot opportunities with the intention of roping in more players into their casinos.
The adrenaline rush gained from gambling
Gambling is often a high stakes game. The fact that a player is always a few moves away from potentially making money that will transform their lives results in an unexplained adrenaline rush that never goes away despite a player not achieving the big win they had anticipated. It’s the search for this rush that keeps players going back for more and even turning their gambling into an addiction.
Ultimately the fact that gamblers feel that ever player in the casino has an equal opportunity of winning makes it much more attractive. It brings about a level of uncertainty and unpredictability that makes gambling thrilling and very difficult to stop once you start.
Feel free to share with us your gambling experiences especially your motivations to gamble.