According to Dr. Gary Smith of the University of Alberta, video lottery terminals are the most potent form of gambling of all. First, there is the speed of play. You can complete a game cycle in a few seconds.
Second, people think they are challenging the machine. They almost think of the machine as another human being. They think there must be some system when, in fact, it is just a micro-chip operating randomly. There is no strategy when in everyday life, there is a strategy. One can’t play a VLT machine well; you can only play it more.
Third, players are, if not hypnotized by the machine, in a trance-like state. Many gamblers are escape gamblers. With the machines they can block out the negative things in their life. Until they have lost and have to leave, it is a way to get out of their unhappy circumstances. Finally, people forget they are playing for real money.