UK Government to Ban Psychological Tricks in Casinos

“They will be run according to British rules and we’ll simply not allow any tricks which people are subjected to unawares and which increase the risk of problem gambling.” One tactic used in the US is simulating daylight during night-time to lull players into remaining at the tables and slot machines. Casinos also frequently offer free food, drink and hotel accommodation to keep punters betting.”

I have my own personal daylight simulators right here in my home, except I call them lights. Next thing you know the government will be banning other popular psychological tricks – like advertising, the National Lottery or democracy.

We can but hope.

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Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and the author of PsyBlog and His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick". You can follow PsyBlog by email, by RSS feed, on Twitter and Google+.

Published: 7 March 2005

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