From ergonomic chairs that ease you into longer play sessions to pop culture-themed slot machines delivering 1,200 plays an hour — every element of the gambling system is a careful design that mesmerizes the person gambling, moving them into a trance-like state called “the zone” by gamblers, especially slot machine gamblers. Because zone gambling changes your brain, it can lead directly to gambling addiction.
Computerized slot machines allow fast betting; on average, a bet every five seconds.
Touchscreens offer tactile feedback, and a one-on-one physical connection to the machine that keeps you playing longer.
Easy access to credit bypasses your cash allowance for gambling – so you keep on playing.
In fact, just thinking about gambling can be as chemically rewarding as actually gambling.
Gamblers describe “the zone” as when he or she has no sense of time or place, and reality falls away. Disruption of “the zone” with a win can be met with irritation because that state was interrupted.
An “almost win,” or a “near miss,” is not what it seems. A resemblance to a win is really a program design to keep the gambler in continuous play.
Computerized slots have a near-infinite number of combinations, keeping the gambler incessantly chasing his losses or trying to win.
Every machine has a set percentage that details how often and how much it pays out. There’s nothing you can do to change this fact.
In just two months - from July 1 to August 31, 2018 – people gambled $1,552,531,374 on the penny slot machines at Iowa’s casinos.
Take this quick screening* to help determine whether it’s time to take action for your gambling behavior.
During the past 12 months, have you become restless, irritable or anxious when trying to stop/cut down on gambling?
During the past 12 months, have you tried to keep your family or friends from knowing how much you gambled?
During the past 12 months, did you have such financial trouble as a result of your gambling that you had to get help with living expenses from your family, friends or welfare?
If the effects of gambling have hurt you or the ones you love, we can help get your life back on track. Our trained counselors are ready to walk you through the steps to break the cycle of gambling addiction and get your life back on a positive path. Click here to find a counselor in your area.