College Student Found The Perfect Gamer To Win $6,000 From

When 22-year-old Nate Danziger booted up Cordial Minuet, he wasn't sure what to expect. Cordial Minuet, a psychological puzzler from designer Jason Rohrer, asks people to use their own money. You only need a few dollars to start, but it's still real money! Danziger discovered Cordial Minuet because he loved The Castle… » 1/09/15 1:20pm 1/09/15 1:20pm

Casino Designers Have a Whole New Theory About How to Manipulate You

Why can't you stop gambling? Many people would say it's because the windowless, maze-like layout of casinos is designed to keep you mesmerized by the games. But scientists argue that the most successful casinos keep you playing with a new set of psychological tricks. » 12/05/14 11:29am 12/05/14 11:29am

How Casinos Use Design Psychology to Get You to Gamble More

Everyone's heard that there are no clocks or windows in casinos so that gamblers won't realize how long they've been losing money. But is this actually design gospel? And does it work? According to research, it turns out that the most successful casino design may not be the dark, maze-like designs we think they are. » 12/05/14 5:52am 12/05/14 5:52am

The Next Generation of Slot Machines Will Be Way More Immersive

The old lever and single bar slot machine just won't do anymore. Now, slot machines are counting on technology and graphics that rival video game systems to get gamblers in their chairs and money flowing. » 11/24/14 11:00pm 11/24/14 11:00pm

Monkeys Make The Same Bad Gambling Decisions That Humans Do

Humans have a remarkable ability to see patterns where none exist. In the hot-hand phenomenon we perceive streaks of wins or losses where the data, in truth, are random. New research shows that monkeys are subject to the same bias, which might suggest that the bias is evolutionarily adaptive, and maybe even rational. » 7/01/14 8:30am 7/01/14 8:30am

Why what you do makes sense and what other people do is dumb

Why, oh why, do people do all those stupid things? The answer, according to psychologists, depends on whether you are the person doing the things — or the person watching and reeling at their idiocy. » 1/20/14 8:00am 1/20/14 8:00am

Is your roulette hot streak based on more than random chance?

When stepping into a casino, it can be useful to have a clear sense of how probability works and how it applies to the games that you're playing. In today's discussion about gambling however, we're reminded that a gambler's fortune can depend on more than just random odds. » 1/08/14 4:20pm 1/08/14 4:20pm

The anti-drinking PSAs of the vaudeville era were gorgeously morbid

What you're seeing here are photographs from an early 1900s theatrical production about the mortal peril of tippling and consorting with card players. Look at Death in those pictures below. He loves getting hammered! Just check out his party face in the second-to-last snapshot! As the Historical Ziegfeld Group » 6/28/12 11:55am 6/28/12 11:55am

The reason casinos track your behavior? To lure you into gambling too…

Online culture magazine limn has published a sobering article about how casinos are using hi-tech behavioral profiling of its customers to maximize patron engagement. » 6/12/12 4:45pm 6/12/12 4:45pm

How to (legally) get rich using your superpowers

When some people find themselves gifted with powers beyond those of mere mortals, they often ditch the wage slave life and turn to a life of crime. But what are some of the legal ways you can use those awesome powers to get rich quick? » 2/12/12 1:30pm 2/12/12 1:30pm

Parrondo's Paradox: Winning Two Games You're Guaranteed to Lose

JM Parrondo is a casino and con artist's worst nightmare. In the 1990s, he invented two games that are sure to lose you everything. They're both mathematically designed to make you go broke, but play them one after another and you are guaranteed to win. » 11/21/11 7:05am 11/21/11 7:05am

Casinos link your movement with the roulette wheel's to catch cheats

Casinos are keeping their digital eyes on the ball, while keeping an eye on the hands of the customers, in order to stop cheats. Find out how cameras coordinate to catch people. » 11/04/11 12:22pm 11/04/11 12:22pm

The Man Of Steel Is Set To Take Your Last Dime: Superman Joins Internet…

When you think of Superman, you might think of altruism coupled with near-limitless power — but do you think of gambling addiction? Apparently you should. Internet casino firm InterCasino has just licensed the Last Son Of Krypton to take your last dollar (but only if you're outside the United States or can spoof a… » 12/21/09 9:30am 12/21/09 9:30am

The House Always Knows Who The Final Cylon Is

You might feel dead-on certain that you know who the final Cylon is on Battlestar Galactica — but are you willing to put money on it? Gambling site BetCRIS is taking your bets right now — and they've already decided the odds-on favorite to be the last, and maybe most significant, of the secret Cylons. Are you ready… » 5/22/08 1:15pm 5/22/08 1:15pm