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Publisher: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Languages: English
Types: Article
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This study was conducted in order to examine the beliefs players have regarding superstition and luck and how these beliefs are related to their gambling behaviour. A self-completion questionnaire was devised and the study was carried out in a large bingo hall in Nottingham, over four nights. 412 “volunteer” bingo players completed the questionnaires. Significant relationships were found in many areas. Many players reported beliefs in luck and superstition; however, a greater percentage of players reported having “everyday” superstitious beliefs, rather than those concerned with bingo.
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    • This article was peer-reviewed. Submitted April 30, 2003.
    • Accepted: June 15, 2004.
    • For correspondence: Professor Mark Griffiths, International Gaming Research Unit, Psychology Division, Nottingham Trent University, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU, U.K. Phone: 0115-8485528, fax: 0115-8486826, URL:
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