I absolutely love reading about brain hacks like this one.
Although I didn’t read any obvious psychological reasoning behind using gaudy carpets, you have to assume there’s a real hack there.
Personally, I think the surreal carpeting adds to the simultaneous sensory depravation and overload of the casino. No natural light or clocks, uncomfortably cold, lots of booze, loud noises, flashing lights and mad carpeting.
Update: Steven Chan emailed me with an explanation about casino carpets. A friend of his who teaches at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration says the carpet is deliberately designed to camouflage chips that commonly fall on it. Apparently, casinos sweep up a large number of chips daily.
Casinos are fascinating business.