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Chapter 8 - The Psychology of Gambling

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 August 2023

Jared Poley
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Georgia State University
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Gambling affected the mental apparatus that people employed to understand the world around them as well as their own desires and compulsions. Casino gambling established a psychological dynamic perfectly calibrated to drive people to the edge of madness. The “storm” of despair generated by a loss, never compensated by a corresponding elation coming with a win, can overwhelm the player and leave them incapable of self-direction. Descriptions of the psychological effects of addiction – not only how those behaviors were formed through repetition but also how they resulted in a person whose entire world had shrunk – indicate how the machinery of Blanc-style casino gambling affected people in new and profound ways.

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Luck, Leisure, and the Casino in Nineteenth-Century Europe
A Cultural History of Gambling
, pp. 168 - 180
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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  • The Psychology of Gambling
  • Jared Poley, Georgia State University
  • Book: Luck, Leisure, and the Casino in Nineteenth-Century Europe
  • Online publication: 24 August 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009393539.009
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  • The Psychology of Gambling
  • Jared Poley, Georgia State University
  • Book: Luck, Leisure, and the Casino in Nineteenth-Century Europe
  • Online publication: 24 August 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009393539.009
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  • The Psychology of Gambling
  • Jared Poley, Georgia State University
  • Book: Luck, Leisure, and the Casino in Nineteenth-Century Europe
  • Online publication: 24 August 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009393539.009
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