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Phil Watts, as an experienced forensic psychologist, knew a lot about human nature before he walked into his first casino at 40 years of age. He had treated clients with a wide range of difficulties including gambling, yet was still struck by the casino environment — an exciting world with its own culture, pace, rules, social etiquette, and shared expectations. This other world intrigued and surprised him. So, he wrote a book about it.
Casino Life will be of interest to those who seeking to know more about casinos and their psychological effects, those who seek to find out why others gamble, and those who do gamble — not as a treatment, but as a window to see what you are doing and how that has an impact upon you.
Along the way you will read about why people gamble, why gambling can become addictive and the treatments used to help problem gamblers, as well as the beliefs around gambling and some of the elaborate theories people use to explain why they try to defy mathematical odds. You will also learn about the fascinating cultural and behavioural patterns of everyday casino life.
Chapter 1 – Why Do People Gamble?
It’s All About Money, Right?
The Big Win
The Winning Rush
Take This Feeling Away
Chapter 2 – The Beliefs which Maintain Gambling
Chasing Losses
The Power of Many
Winning Theories
Conspiracy Theories
Chapter 3 – Casino Culture
Join the Club
Who Visits the Waterhole?
The Culture of Games
And the Dog Salivates
Chapter 4 – Money Management, Treatment, and the Future of Gambling
Problem Gambling
Money Management: How to be a Winner!
Money Management: Responsible Gambling
Treating Problem Gambling
Future of Casino Gambling



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Published 16 October 2018
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EAN13 9781925644180
Language English

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