We compiled a list of 10 secrets that no casino owner will ever tell you.
10. The shining lights and dynamic music make you bet at a faster pace.
Ever wondered why inside all casinos there’s a countless number of shining lights and eye-catching details? Well, this is just one of many tricks casinos use to make you spend more. Psychologists say that red lights and fast music push gamblers to make faster decisions and, eventually, spend more money.
9. The more people per table, the slower the game.
Professional gamblers, surprisingly, choose to play at full tables. And they have several reasons for this. First of all, more people at the table means a slower game with more time for thinking. Besides, complimentary awards (free drinks, for instance) are typically tied to the amount of time a gambler spends in a casino.
8. Security is everywhere…even if you don’t see them.
Have you ever seen a heist movie with a casino? Well, how good are you? You probably wouldn’t be able to scheme your money back from a casino, and that’s because of its security system. No, we don’t mean those buffed guys at the entrance. Video cameras are spread all over the scene, and a facial recognition system will immediately know who you are, your financial status, and if you are related to anyone else in the casino at this particular time. They don’t play any games, y’all. Except for the intended ones.
7. Larger chips make losing more palatable.
Casinos encourage you to take larger chips instead of smaller ones. It is tied up in psychology. Larger chips make spending a lot easier because you’d rather throw one $25 chip than count 5 $5 chips.
6. There aren’t any clocks or windows in most casinos.
It is easy to lose track of time in a casino. One of the reasons is that there are usually no clocks or windows there to tell you how much time you’ve already spent inside. The game devours you, and your stay at a casino becomes a lot longer than planned. Thus, you spend more money.
5. Don’t play keno…
The odds of winning in keno are absolutely awful. You’d be better donating your money instead. But if you do play keno, keep in mind that you are literally setting your money on fire. Seriously, no one ever could match all 20 numbers on a 20-spot ticket. The odds of meeting a unicorn look more appealing.
4. …or roulette.
The big shiny wheel in the center of a casino always looks appealing and tempts many people to test their luck. Roulette usually carries the biggest house edge of any machine in the room. But the odds of winning are really small (although they are still more appealing than keno’s). Less snazzy machines in less central spots within the casino are a better shot.
3. Ambience is key.
How do all of those tricks fly over our heads? Simple. The casino makes you feel like you are well taken care of. Soft music, mellow lights, a cozy feeling of comfort. The couches are nice, and the carpet patterns are carefully chosen with lines and swirls and splashes. Along with everything else, it puts a person into a trance-like state.
2. Location, location, location
Have you ever noticed how to get to the restroom or dining room or to cash in your chips you need to go through rows of tempting slot machines and tables? The trick of locating all of the services in the least reachable places makes you stop and spend more money on your way anywhere.
1. Occasional win
Nothing brings your hopes up as much as a happy face next to you. “If someone can win, then I can too!” is the biggest trick in the book. Unfortunately, the risk of losing is so high and the chance of winning is so slim that you should really ask yourself if it’s worth it.