There are always people who will base their opinions of a race, a gender, a religion or a nationality on the actions of a few or on what they see portrayed in movies. And forever will that group be tainted for that person or persons by that stereotype that they saw on the big screen or in a bar at 1:00 am in the morning. It’s just part of the wonderful world of human behaviors. We all have a tendency to do that and it takes a strong willed person to go against that and always judge people by their own actions.
For many non-Australian people out there they have an image in their minds about how Australians should act. And most of those assumptions are based on the Paul Hogan motion pictures of Crocodile Dundee. Here’s a wakeup call people, those were movies based on a characterization by the actor. Very few Australian people act like Paul Hogan in those movies. Australian people are really the same as everyone else in the western world. There are city people and country people, highly educated people and low educated people and there are many Australian people who have never thrown a boomarang just like the rest of the world. How many American people have shot a bow & arrow or smoked a peace pipe? Very few. Get the idea? It’s called stereotyping people.
So, now that you know that Australians are just like everyone else, then how are they as gamblers? And in particular slots/pokies players?
People are people, no matter where you go and Australians are people.
And when you get people in a casino they tend to act in certain patterns of behavior based on statistical averages that have been cataloged over the years by psychologists and behaviorists. For starters in brick and mortar casinos there is an unusual sort of camaraderie that evolves in the aisles and aisles of slots/pokie machines. It is a kind of fellowship that occurs when a group of people are all going through a similar experience that entails certain hardships. In the case of slots/pokies players it is the virtually endless cycle of coin in, push button (or pull lever), wait and deal with loss, then begin again.
So you will see people actually offering comfort to each other when the losses far outweigh the wins. You see this sort of thing in a conflict or people going through a very hard course of some sort. The struggle bonds them together and also another factor, a common adversary: the slots/pokies machine. Yes the cold heartless machine that they are all there to fight, to defeat, to conquer… to break in front of their peers. You can have a hundred people of different sexes, races and religions who, if they met out on the street might sneer at each other, but in the casino, at the machine, they are one.
This happens because of the common struggle against an inhuman foe: the slots/pokies machine. You can also hear the people anthropomorphize their machines, giving them actual personalities. Logically we know that the machines can not have a personality. They are just a machine that may act a certain way because it gets more or less maintenance done to it because the lock on it is fiddly and the maintenance guys doesn’t always get it open to lubricate the bearings or the crew chief that in charge of that section is lax, or… well, there are a long list of things that can go wrong with a machine over time due to human error or laziness and this of course adds to its apparent personality. None the less, it’s remarkable to see it for yourself… that anthropomorphization of the machine.
And this happens all over the world, it is not specific to Australians.
There are other interesting behaviors that happen or more correctly, evolve over time in an Australian casino. There are those people who approach their favorite slots/pokie machine like a favored lover. Yes, they seek her out amongst all of the other machines for it is she They have a tendency to stroke and caress their machine of choice. They treat her like a lady with the idea in mind that if they treat her well then she will reward their faith with a win, possibly a jackpot win. Others use a physical intimidation speaking abusively and often pounding the machine with their fist. You can usually hear them above the din of the entire casino if they are having a particularly bad time of it.
It is sometimes interesting to see those who approach their machines with loving caresses look upon those who approach their machines with violence. The judgment in their eyes is quite a fascinating thing to behold. There are also those who beg and plead with their machines allowing them to be dominated by them. And then you see the two previous groups of lovers and abusers looking down upon the pleaders. All of this is very typical of the world of slots/pokies players and it is all very human behavior.
So, Australian slots/pokies machines players are as with all of humanity are very human indeed. They love their casino games as much as the rest of the world (perhaps a touch more). And their government reaps in the benefits by way of its share. So life goes in the world of gambling in the world in general and in Australia specifically.