Total CE Credit Hours: 3
Course Info URL: https://www.addictioncounselorce.com/courses/101463
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About the Course:
A great deal of research on the psychology of gambling has been conducted that has looked at non-experienced gamblers in laboratory or classroom settings. Yet there has been comparatively little research examining the practices and beliefs of actual gamblers within their natural gambling context. The current research contributes to the naturalistic study of casino gamblers. It reports the results of 10 weeks of ethnographic participant observation in two Indiana riverboat casinos. The research examines blackjack players’ strategies for and beliefs about winning as explained and understood by the gamblers themselves.
This course is based on the reading-based online article, Blackjack Playing Strategies and Beliefs: A View From the Field created by Will Bennis
Journal/Publisher:Journal of Gambling Issues
Publication Date:February 2004, Issue 10
Course Material Author
This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about the common strategies and beliefs of casino blackjack players. It is appropriate for all levels of participants' knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
- Discuss the implications of the research including questions of whether frequent blackjack players tend to have false beliefs about winning, and whether false beliefs contribute to their decision to gamble or to the development of problem gambling.
- Explain the rationale for studying gamblers in their natural gambling environment and the use of ethnographic participant-observation research.
- Describe the rules of casino blackjack and the common strategies used by experienced players including the use of basic strategy and card-counting.
- Identify the ethnographic findings of the reported research including use of pseudo-basic strategy and pseudo-card counting, beliefs about luck and natural order, and betting systems.
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