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Addiction, Crime, and Public Health Damage
23. Slot machines are several times more addictive than present forms of NH gambling.
When people think of casinos they tend to think of table games, but 70-85% of a modern casino’s profits are from slot machines. These sophisticated machines, revamped by increasingly compelling digital and video technology, have unseated traditional casino games as the gambling industry’s revenue mainstay.
Drawing on fifteen years of field research in Las Vegas, anthropologist Natasha Dow Schüll explored the dark side of machine gambling—a solitary, rapid, continuous form of play that has less to do with the competitive thrill of winning than with the pull of “the machine zone,” as gamblers call the trancelike state they enter.
Schüll’s book, Addiction by Design, examines the pull that machine gambling exerts on players and the disturbing, purposeful nature of the machines’ design by manufacturers and the casino industry who have one goal in mind — to get gamblers ” to play to extinction,” meaning play the slots until they have no money left to spend at the casino.
As a result, the onset of gambling addiction is over 3 times more rapid with slot machines compared with table games.