Ursidae: The Undergraduate Research Journal at the University of Northern Colorado


The purpose of this study is to explore motivations and behaviors related to games of chance. An online snowball sample of 70 gamers completed the 25-item questionnaire consisting of questions measuring intelligence, motivation, amenities, and motivation to learn games of chance. T-test results indicated that males were more motivated by complexity and house odds of games than females. A visual inspection of the crosstab scores of the knowledge test revealed that players who prefer table games scored higher on the knowledge test than players that prefer slot machines. Also, the data suggested that slot players prefer games that require little thinking. Overall, the data indicated differences in behaviors and motivations among gender as well as gaming preference among players.