cmckeith13
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June 23rd, 2015 at 5:31:06 AM permalink
My name is Charles McKeith and I am currently undertaking an honours year in Psychology at the University of New England, NSW, Australia under the supervision of Dr Adam Rock and Dr Gavin Clark. As part of the honours year, we have decided to do a project on poker-machine gambling behaviour and underlying mechanisms that promote problematic poker-machine behaviour in order to hopefully improve exposure therapies for problem gamblers.

The online survey requires respondents to view a neutral cue (3-minute video of women making tea) and a gambling cue (3-minute video of women playing poker machines) and to answer some questions to do with their gambling behaviour. The survey is completely anonymous and has been approved by the ethics committee at the University of New England.

We are looking for people that have played poker-machines (slot machines) an average of twice a month in the last 12 months and for whom poker-machine (slot machine) gambling is the preferred mode of gambling.

We would be really grateful if you could participate, as the study will hopefully lead to increased funding for gambling research as well as increased knowledge surrounding exposure therapies for gamblers. The survey should only take 15 minutes to complete and can be viewed here:



Kind regards, Charlie McKeith.
rsactuary
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June 23rd, 2015 at 6:12:27 AM permalink
I wouldn't click on that link of you paid me.
ThatDonGuy
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June 23rd, 2015 at 6:20:24 AM permalink
I think it needs to be clarified that what Charles refers to as a "poker machine" is a slot machine and not a video poker machine. (I'm not 100% sure about this, but I believe the reason they're called poker machines (or, colloquially, "pokies") in Australia is, instead of fruit symbols, they have A, K, Q, J, 10, and so on - yes, like quite a few penny & nickel slots in the USA.)
dwheatley
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June 23rd, 2015 at 6:22:41 AM permalink
It's legit. Qualtrics, the co hosting the survey, is a leading US data and research company.
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cmckeith13
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June 23rd, 2015 at 7:06:12 AM permalink
Hi, thanks for the response. In Australia we refer to slot machines as poker-machines or 'pokies' colloquially as you said! For the purposes of this study, gambling on either a slot machine or a video poker machine would be sufficient. In terms of the more intricate details of the symbols, I am not too sure as I'm not a regular 'pokie' gambler myself. I am going to have to do some recruiting in person at the Star Casino in Sydney as well as local pubs and bars so will find out and report back. Thanks for your interest and please feel free to complete the survey if you have the spare time.

Kind regards,

Charlie.
cmckeith13
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June 23rd, 2015 at 7:11:33 AM permalink
Hi,
Sorry that the post seemed spammy. Qualtrics is commonly used as survey software in psychological research and is what has been provided through my university. I can totally understand that you don't want to click on the link.

Regards,

Charlie.
charliepatrick
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June 23rd, 2015 at 7:37:30 AM permalink
In Australia I have seen the term "Pokies" to mean what we call fruit machines (if you google "pokies adelaide" it you can confirm this). Thus Charlie might have meant "pokies" rather than "Poker".

Charlie - you need to be aware of the difference between fruit machines where essentially there is little skill and poker machines where there is some skill and, on occasions, you can win on the long term. You should see a lot about the latter on this forum and references to the various returns for the different games. The former is totally different prospect, and with their low pay-scales (House Edge) are probably generally avoided by people on this forum, except when played for fun.

If you are looking to gain data, or experiences, of people playing fruit machines and the effect this has had on their lives - I guess this forum tends to have people who analyse gaming rather than being adversed affected by gambling. Also, from the other side, many casino people might admit there are problem gamblers - but at the end of the day they are there to provide a service in the same way as a pub serves beer.

I can understand a desire for an analysis of problem gambling, but I'm not sure what is the best way of investigating the reasons people get into gambling difficulties. Bets of luck! (sic)
cyberbabble
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June 23rd, 2015 at 9:09:09 AM permalink
You might find this interesting. Probably the biggest machine loser.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/15/us/over-a-decade-maureen-oconnor-spent-1-billion-on-bets.html?_r=0
rsactuary
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June 23rd, 2015 at 4:25:41 PM permalink
^ a very misleading article.
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June 23rd, 2015 at 4:58:18 PM permalink
I can confirm that slot machines are indeed called "pokies" in Australia. Why they call them that -- I have no idea. I don't think they have a term for video poker as the number of said machines I have seen there is zero, and that includes the entire floor of the Star City in Sydney.
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