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Anyone interested in dreams would do well to tool around a casino some time. It is an analyst’s – well – dream, chock full of symbolism and psychology. The symbolism comes in the form of numbers, objects, colors and wheels. Playing cards alone contain symbols most people hardly think of when sitting at a blackjack or poker table. The suit pips have historic backgrounds and the face cards are said to represent specific figures from history. It is no wonder that playing cards have been used by artists as symbols and metaphors for years. So have dice, from tattoos to the fuzzy things that hang from a rearview mirror. And in craps, we look for the number 7, which comes up so many times in religions and other segments of culture that it is considered the lucky number. It is like a casino is one big surreal scene of symbol, light and sound.
Then there’s the psychology of casino gambling itself. Most people go into a casino knowing that, in a practical sense, the odds are against them. After all, cities such as Las Vegas and Atlantic City weren’t built on the notion of entertaining consistent winners. But even with the idea of a losing proposition, people go to casinos by the millions each year. Why? That’s something psychologists have been trying to figure out for years. But we all have our justifications. One justification is the notion of pure luck; “everyone else in this casino may go home a loser, but not me; I’ll be the lucky one.” Then there is the entertainment element. Good players know that if they play certain table games with the right strategies, they can go into a casino with $100 and leave with at least $95. The casino has made its $5 in profit and, the player spent $5 on entertainment. And yes, there is strategy in most casino games. Luck will bring good days and bad, but in the long run the 95-percent rule holds up.
The psychology and symbolism are factors in a pastime people have engaged in for centuries. Naturally today’s internet world has boosted the popularity of this pastime. When casinos first went online and people discovered they could bring a bit of Vegas into their homes, online casinos became a fixture in the “cyberworld.” And now, with the surge in sales of smartphones and tablets, casinos for mobile devices are played anywhere there is internet access. At least one study predicts the total sum wagered on casinos for mobile devices to surpass $48 billion by 2015. Like brick-and-mortar casinos, online casinos have made their sites easy to use. No matter what type of software a player might need, there are specific casino applications for mobile devices. The sites are simple to navigate, the games easy to play and the deposit and withdrawal systems safe and secure. These money management systems come in a wide variety, from regular credit card payments to third-party systems such as Paysafecard. Casinos for mobile devices also use the lure of the bonus. Players can get bonuses for signing up, for depositing and for recruiting friends to play at a site.
Of course there is one simple psychological deterrence from casinos for mobile devices. That is the law. Legislatures in the U.S., in an attempt to keep pace with the popularity of online gambling, have left us with a hodgepodge of laws. Some states – Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware – have managed to catch up. Several other states are considering and reconsidering the issue. But gambling is still illegal in much of the country. The EU and WTO are also trying to come up with a unified law worldwide. But online casinos also welcome players who want to play for free. The play-for-free mode is a good way to practice strategy and money management for when the real-money games are available.
Through years of practice, casinos have taken advantage of the natural psychological draw to their games. So there is no doubt that the popularity of casinos for mobile devices will continue to rise.