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Playing to win? No, playing to just play
by Andrew Kiraly | posted September 7, 2012
Why do slot-machine and video poker gambling addicts gamble? A new book by MIT Professor Natasha Schull argues that they don't play to win, but they play in order to continue playing -- that is, to remain steeped in that immersive, almost narcotic "zone" that shuts out the world -- an important distinction when it comes to understanding and treating gambling addiction.
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