Wendover Productions is a great YouTube channel that does all sorts of explanation videos. A lot of their videos focuses on travel, but they dabble in other topics too, and this video covers a topic relevant to this site: Gambling.
In this roughly 10-minute video, it explores the economics of gambling, a bit about how the house edge works, and how the casinos establish a system that players are comfortable entering, knowing that they are playing games that are favorable to the house.
As it turns out it’s a bit of math, which the video carefully works through, to explain how people have negative and positive reactions to various situations, which means games have to be structured in a way to encourage players to want to take that chance.
As we’ve seen over time, with growing slot jackpots that are harder and harder to achieve, players are willing to gun for that big prize, even if the game itself can be punishing much of the time. And, has he walks through in the video, it comes down to the odds, and what people are willing to risk to win.
This certainly explains why games like Powerball can exist, with a low chance of winning big, but the cost to any given player is as little as $2 a play.
It’s a great video with some interesting information, on a channel full of them, and I highly recommend it. For another example, check out the one below, on how to beat the casino, and how they’ll stop you:
This video also gets into the math, and explains more about the house edge, for example, and how card counting works at a basic level (and how the casinos move to stop it).