Rats Give Insight Into Gambling Addiction

Rats Give Insight Into Gambling Addiction

Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Canada have made a groundbreaking discovery into gambling addiction, with the help of rats. According to their research, flashing lights and music turned the rats into problem gamblers. When the music and lights were added to the “rat casino” the rats behaved like problem gamblers.

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Catharine Winstanley, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, said that it seemed like a stupid thing to do at the time because it didn’t seem like adding the lights and sounds would have much of an impact. However, when they ran the study the effect was enormous.

The researchers had trained the rats to gamble for sugary treats. They would typically avoid the higher risk choices when playing the rat casino game. When lights and sounds were added, the rats’ behavior then changed.

PhD candidate in the UBC Department of Psychology Michael Barrus stated that he was surprised not that it worked, but how well it worked. “We didn’t realize it would shift decision making so much, making animals that were usually good so much worse at making choices.”

What is even more groundbreaking is that the researchers where able to block a specific dopamine receptor in the rats’ brains using drugs, which could help in the future development of treatments for gambling addictions in humans. Winstanely says that this particular drug has shown a lot of promise as a potential treatment for addictions.

FedEx Founder Once Saved Company By Gambling

FedEx Founder Once Saved Company By Gambling

The overnight delivery services success was anything but an overnight success itself. In 1971 the founder and current CEO of FedEx Frederick W. Smith took his personal fortune of around $4 million and raised around an additional $90 million to start a delivery company. This delivery company’s goal would be to allow people to send overnight deliveries to anywhere in the world, something very unique because it was not offered by any other company at that time.

FedEx Founder Once Saved Company By Gambling

With fuel costs rising three years after the company was started, FedEx was on the verge of bankruptcy because of losses of over $1 million a month. With just $5,000 left in the companies account at its lowest point, no one willing to give them any more loans, and no way to fuel their planes, Smith skipped his usual flight home to Memphis, withdrew the $5,000 and headed to Las Vegas.

In Las Vegas he played blackjack with the last $5,000 of the company’s funds. To the surprise of the company’s upper management the following Monday, they found $32,000 sitting in the FedEx bank account. This money was what they needed for fuel and to keep the company running for a short period of time. This gamble actually helped the company because within a short period of time they had raised the additional funds needed to keep the company going.

When asked by he decided to make such a gamble with the company’s money, Smith shrugged his shoulders and said that without the additional money the planes would have never flown anyway due to the fact that they did not have enough money for the fuel companies. This was one gamble that actually paid off big time in the long run.

By 1976 FedEx had finally showed its first profit over $3.6 million. Four years after, the company’s profits were almost $40 million with a total revenue of nearly a half of a billion dollars. Today the estimated worth of FedEx is around $37 billion, with Smith himself worth around $3.7 billion.

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Mega Moolah Slot Jackpot Over 9 Million

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How One Woman Accidentally Won Over 33 Thousand Dollars

How One Woman Accidentally Won Over 33 Thousand Dollars

On a routine weekly visit to the OLG Casino Thousand Islands in Ontario, one woman accidentally won over $33,000. Shirley Lima was visiting the casino on July 17th for seniors day. She started the day off like any other playing penny bets, but when she had a bit of luck she moved on to play some five cent bets. She was drinking her Pepsi when she noticed she had gotten the free spin feature on the China Shores Konami Slot Machine. To her amazement, she also noticed that she was betting $11.25 per spin when she triggered the bonus. She then realized she must have struck the max bet button when she was reaching for her Pepsi. The grandmother of 12 figured she would get some of her $11.25 back on the free spin feature, but she never expected what she actually got.

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The initial feature triggered 34 free spins. After spinning for a while it then re-triggered for 160 free spins. Her heart was beating fast and her breathing was speeding up, so Lima decided to go outside for a cigarette and a quick puff of her inhaler. When she returned from outside there was a large crowd gathered by her machine. The feature then re-triggered again, netting her more then $16,000. With so much excitement she needed to go outside for another break to try to calm herself down. She recalled that the slot just kept spinning, so much so that she had time for another cigarette, to grab a coffee and to also purchase some lottery tickets.

When the free spin feature was over Shirley had more then 700 free spins in total, and won a total amount of $33,858. With the winnings her and her husband Jack plan on going on a trip. They have discussed going to either the Casino Rama Resort near Orillia Ontario, or the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls Ontario.

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Prior to this, the last Mega Moolah Progressive Jackpot was won by a female player who is only known by the initials I.R. in November 2014. This lucky player won $3,390,332.58 USD playing the popular progressive slot game from her smartphone at Golden Tiger Casino.

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Grandma Denied 41 Million Jackpot

Grandma Denied 41 Million Jackpot

When 87 year old Pauline McKee was playing the Miss Kitty penny slot machine in 2011 and got a screen message that said, “The reels have rolled your way! Bonus Award $41,797,550.16″, she summoned casino employees to collect her jackpot. The Isle Casino and Hotel in Waterloo refused to pay out the jackpot, stating the machine had a maximum payout of only $10,000 and the slot must have malfunctioned.

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McKee took the matter to the courts, all the way to the Iowa Supreme Court, but they ruled against the now 90 year grandmother of 13. She said she would have liked to have helped her family out financially, but seemed to take everything in stride when the ruling was handed down.

The erroneous jackpot win happened in 2011 when McKee was in town for a family reunion. The Iowa casino did pay McKee the $1.85 correct win, gave her and her family a free nights stay, and also a $10 card to play other games while the matter was looked at that night.

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission later determined the machine’s hardware falsely issued the winnings. A bulletin was issued to casinos in 2010 by Aristocrat Technologies stating the software was vulnerable to displaying false legacy bonuses, and that part of the system should be disabled. The Isle Casino and Hotel in Waterloo did not do that.

One of the hotel’s attorneys, Stacy Cormican, said the Isle Casino and Hotel in Waterloo Iowa would have gone bankrupt if it was forced to pay out the $41 million jackpot. A $41 million payout would equal approximately half of the gross revenue the casino brought about last year.

Philippines Casino Surge on the Brink

Philippines Casino Surge on the Brink

The Southeast Asian nation has attracted a growing number of well-to-do high stakes gamblers with deep pockets during China’s strike against corruption. With the slowing economy, gambling revenue has been plummeting and many foreign companies are now focusing interest on the Philippines.

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Macau Resources Group and USA based Sino-American Gaming Investment Group recently announced their interest in the building of two casino resorts outside Metro Manila. They proposed an investment as much as $1 billion to construct these large scale casino resorts, one on the popular tourist island of Cebu, and one on the island of Napayawan near a prospective airport.

It is reported that Sino-American Gaming has also planned to bring its Banyan Tree Group hotel chain to the Philippines to become part of the prospective casino development, and there are talks of recruiting the Marriott hotel group to finalize this part of the project. Sino-American also plans to utilize an unnamed Las Vegas company to provide entertainment. If all goes well the Philippines will have secured another global casino operator, which will give them another one-up in the flourishing gambling market.

Vice president Francis Hernando of gaming licensing and development at PAGCOR, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, was quoted a in Reuters article saying the chances of securing a casino license outside of metro Manila would be much higher that in Manila. Metro Manila is now well established with many casinos and resorts including the newest, City of Dreams Manila.

The SM Group, which was founded by Henry Sy and already owns in part City of Dreams Manila, has already mentioned Cebu as the site of future expansion of its gaming business.

More integrated casino resorts are set to open in the coming years with hopes of cashing in on the growing Philippine economy. Caesars Entertainment Corporation has also stepped forward and shown interest in entering the Philippine casino market.

Because of the decline in gaming revenue in Macau, many mid sized markets like the Philippines have benefited as Chinese gamblers look for new casino destinations with fewer regulations. 2014 has proven great growth as the casino market in the Philippines grew 16%.

Which Online Casino is the Best?

Which Online Casino is the Best?

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