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Over 40% Of Adults Avoid Casinos Due To Lack Of Knowledge In Poker And Blackjack

Fear of judgment and lack of understanding in betting games are the main reasons behind the avoidance, according to a new poll.

More than four in 10 adults don’t know how to play poker or blackjack – and avoid going to casinos as a result.

A poll of 2,000 adults found 29 percent felt intimidated by going into a casino, with a lack of knowledge around betting games putting 37 percent off.

Fear of being judged for not knowing the rules of a betting game (19 percent) and worrying about doing ‘the wrong thing’ (23 percent) were also among the reasons holding people back.

As a result, 29 percent would be more comfortable visiting an online casino environment compared to just 18 percent who would opt for a real-life one.

A spokesperson for, which commissioned the research, said: “It’s understandable so many people feel somewhat intimated walking into casinos, especially if they are new to some of the games and don’t want to appear as a newbie.

Fear of being judged for not knowing the rules of a betting game (19 percent) and worrying about doing ‘the wrong thing’ (23 percent) were also among the reasons holding people back. PHOTO BY JAVON SWABY/PEXELS 

“Some casino games take a certain level of skill and understanding, so it makes total sense that lots of us would prefer to get the practice in from the comfort of our own homes with an online casino like, before we hit the floor.”

The study also found that 23 percent don’t understand the basics when it comes to playing slot machines, and the same amount are clueless about how to bet on horse racing.

While three in 10 are stumped when it comes to playing roulette, and 37 percent out of their depth if they were to place a bet on boxing matches.

Despite this lack of gaming know-how, Brits aren’t completely ignorant to the rules of popular card games, as 62 percent know how to play a simple game of snap, while 61 percent are familiar with Solitaire.

But a third dread the moment someone suggests teaching them how to play a new card game.

It also emerged that although half of adults have never played a round of poker, 34 percent reckon their ability to keep calm would make them dab hand at the game.

While 19 percent claim to be good at fibbing, which could see them reap success at the hand of the popular card game.

But 28 percent admitted they aren’t very good at ‘reading’ other people, which would damper their chances if they were to ever have a go at Texas Hold ‘em.

Despite this, 23 percent find it entertaining to watch a game of poker, even if they aren’t much of a ‘card shark’ themselves, according to the OnePoll data.

The study also found of the 45 percent that has tried gambling at one point or another, 32 percent prefer placing their bets on games with an element of skill rather than leaving things to chance.

And 45 percent of those who would be happy to visit a physical casino, would love to take a trip to Caesar’s Palace in the gaming capital of the world, Las Vegas, USA.

A spokesperson for Lottoland’s casino, [], added: “It’s interesting to see how many people believed they’d be a dab hand at poker if they just gave it a try.

“And for those who do think they’d have a secret mastery of card games but aren’t quite ready to hit the casinos, then dipping your toe in with an online version can be a great test of your skills.”

Produced in association with SWNS Talker

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