March 26, 2009

Slots Seen as Most Addictive form of Gambling

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Given we're headed to Vegas today, we thought we'd remind ourself how addictive those amazing slot machines can be. Video slot machines have come to be known as the "crack cocaine" of the gambling industry, and we agree somewhat. Click on through for the full read, but know your limits and only bring what you're willing to lose.

The mechanical wheels of spinning fruit used in the old one-armed bandits have gone the way of the typewriter. Modern-day slot machines are computerized sound-and-light shows so skillfully designed to keep players glued to their seats that some have been known to wear adult diapers to avoid bathroom breaks.

As state Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill promotes the idea of licensing three slot parlors in Massachusetts, some mental health and gambling specialists warn that the newer machines deliver such potent gambling highs that they can be particularly addictive.

At Critics see video slots as a particularly addictive form of gambling

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Posted by Jay Brewer at March 26, 2009 7:34 AM
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