A study of superstitious beliefs among bingo players

Authors

  • Mark D. Griffiths
  • Carolyn Bingham

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4309/jgi.2005.13.7

Keywords:

gambling, bingo, superstitious beliefs, luck

Abstract

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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Published

2005-03-01

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Original Article