Addicted to losing: How casino-like apps have drained people of millions

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> Several people said they felt the apps were engineered to keep them spending money in a variety of ways, including tiered clubs for players who spend significant amounts of money and free chips for people who try to quit. > Suzie Kelly of Dallas previously told Reveal News how she spent about $400,000 on the game. She took out a home equity loan and used the money she inherited when her mother died to fund her habit. > When she tried to cancel her account on several occasions, Kelly said, a “VIP representative” would call her and offer her free chips so she would continue playing. That’s just extremely unethical. Most people suffer from sunk loss fallacy and then when this woman finally tried to stop falling victim to it, the company called her and made her feel important and offered her free chips to get her back into the addiction.


How oddly relevant for me right now. Just recently installed one of these apps and have embarrassingly spent real money for the fake chips. It’s bizarrely addictive.


Avoid gambling, lottery and so on if you can. 100% rip off.


I struggle with gambling on an ethical level. Part of me sees it as a “fun” activity which probably billions of people must enjoy, but part of me sees it fundamentally, in fact almost by definition, as simply a way of extracting money from people, and no different from a scam. The irony is that gambling laws being relaxed worldwide was always sold as a great way for a nation to earn some extra tax easily, but at what cost to society?


it’s strange how on one hand you have piracy, with people trying to get as much free content as possible without paying for it, and online gambling, with people spending huge amounts of money and getting nothing for it. You’d think at some point these 2 groups could get together – the gamblers throw a ton of money at the pirates and at least get a nice big movie collection for it.