Study Destroys Slot Player Stereotypes
A new study of people who enjoy playing slot machines disproves the stereotype that they are poor, uneducated OAPs who gamble their pensions away in the hope of hitting the jackpot.
On the contrary, co-author Sandy Chen, from the Oregon State University-Cascades, found that the most common slot machine player was a female homeowner, between the ages of 55 and 60 who had some college education and an annual income of over $55,000.
Chen said that her research found there are four categories of slot players which she calls utilitarian, excitement, multipurpose and relaxation gambling.
Utilitarian gamblers are those looking for something to do, a way to pass the time and reduce boredom rather than hitting the jackpot.
Excitement gamblers are seeking a buzz, the thrill of winning, relaxing and having fun. These people tend to like machines which payout smaller amounts but more often.
Multipurpose gamblers tend to be younger and lacking in education and income. They are hoping to have fun and win money and will be drawn to games that they consider lucky.
Finally, relaxation gamblers tend to be the best education and played just for social and fun reasons. They tend to stick to low cost machines and often play just to relax.