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Why gambling is so much fun!

Discussion in 'GENERAL DISCUSSION' started by omeg, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. omeg

    omeg NEW MEMBER

    [​IMG]Why gambling is so much fun! By Graham Clifford Published on 3 March 2008 For decades now scientists have been trying to get to the bottom of why gambling is so popular. Well now it seems they may have cracked it, though the results of the extensive Canadian study are hardly surprising.[​IMG] According to the University of British Columbia, the thrill of risking money as well as the intermittent rewards can hijack the brain's normal reward systems. [​IMG] Playing poker or visiting a casino to gamble could actually change the way that the brain works, the new research has shown.[​IMG] As the Vancouver Sun reports, reward systems in human brains are designed to help us learn to get access to essential rewards, such as food and shelter. When we gamble, that network is hijacked by that extraneous - that is, non-essential - reward, researcher Catharine Winstanley at the universitys Department of Psychology said.[​IMG] When playing poker or risking money at a casino a chemical called dopamine is released in the brain, which gives the feeling of 'a high'.[​IMG] Researchers point out that even when we are not winning, the rush provided by taking a risk also seems to be part of the reward. Anyone who has ever placed a wager on the grand national or attended a bingo hall will be able to relate to that high. Even if your horse doesnt come in or the wrong numbered balls appear you still experience that high. A study of rats given medicine to simulate the rush of gambling showed that the animals chose activities which involved higher risks for bigger rewards. [​IMG] What the study shows is that the desire to gamble is totally natural though some people are more cautious than others and would avoid casinos etc. thereby not creating dopamine in their brain. I knew it.....My brain was hijacked the first time I ever stepped foot into a casino. [​IMG]What are peoples thoughts on this article?  Why do you find gambling so much fun?   I ecspecially like the part about a study of rats given medicene to stimulate the rush of gambling. [​IMG]                                                                                All in fun:                                                                                              Pam
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  2. krystalkitty

    krystalkitty Greedy Gambler

    Gambling is not fun, it's an addiction [​IMG]
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  3. omeg

    omeg NEW MEMBER

    Yea, it really can become one kitty, thats for sure, and that is the serious part of it.   As with anything, it can go from FUN to bad news for some.  It is unfortunate.I check myself quite a bit to make sure I still find the FUN   in the slots I am playing.  Of course I am still bummed when I don't win. [​IMG]                                                                                     Pam  
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  4. marcusmcroach

    marcusmcroach NEW MEMBER

    I really don't know, for me the excitement and fun is extremely different than sports, specially if you're in your game and your pulse is in the mood to play..
  5. Kattrine_John

    Kattrine_John NEW MEMBER

    I think that Casino is a FUN of course......how can be it become ADDICTION "
    It depends person to person....How they treat the Game... :)
  6. omeg

    omeg NEW MEMBER

    I do agree that it is person to person. Some folks are more prone to addictions than others.    There is such a thing as a addictive personality disorder and of course those folks would be more prone to have a problem than others without that situation. It takes will power, self control when gambling.  To be able to say you play for the right reasons.  We all hope to win while playing, but if it becomes something where it is no longer fun, and you find yourself needing to win to recoup your loses, then that is a warning sign of possible problems.                                                                                      Pam 

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