We all know there is a very large difference between games of change and games of skill, and one of the biggest issues which faces problem gamblers is not understanding (or not wanting to see) the difference.
Games of chance have nothing to do with skill or strategy, and the majority of people understands their odds of winning in a realistic fashion, problem is when a player believes it can control the outcomes of the games through luck. It can come in many forms, tricks and strategies, from a lucky number to a lucky seat, horoscopes and predetermined amounts.
We know everyone is aware but its never enough to remember that:
Can luck smile upon you?
For thousands of years civilization has believed in higher powers which guide their paths in life, their destiny, their winnings and their losses. Most gamblers believe that if they play long enough they will end up winning instead of losing, that their probabilities of winning raise with every loss… this is wrong and most of the time the opposite happens, creating an even bigger gap.
Is it possible to influence my luck when playing?
Most of the gaming/gambling software is powered by highly regulated and certified random number generators, they are bits and bites, numbers, they have no recollection of who you are and the outcomes they generate are mathematical, nothing to do with luck whatsoever. Nothing that you can learn or do will make you luckier. Luck is just that—luck.
My next bet/purchase might be the lucky one?
If you read the previous points you will come to the same conclusion, winning games, bets, events are isolated events and they seldomly happen due to the previous or next round, they happen solely because they are triggered by a system much smarter than humans.
What is the best way to win?
This is the million dollar question and the answer couldn’t be simpler, the best way to win is to quit while your ahead, if you win take your winnings and buy something nice for yourself. If you want to continue playing limit yourself to a small portion of your winnings, this way you guarantee that you have the winning hand!
Compulsive gamblers gamble every day!
How often a person gambles has no relation to a gambling addiction. Pathological gamblers may only gamble once a week or once a month. It’s the emotional and financial consequences of the gambler’s actions that signal an addiction.
Do only irresponsible people become addicted to gambling?
It is common for people to believe that those suffering from addictions are weak-willed and irresponsible. But anybody can become addicted to gambling, no matter how responsible they are. Once they become caught up in their addiction, gamblers may engage in irresponsible behaviours to maintain their addiction.
Compulsive gambling isn’t really a problem if the gambler can afford it right?
Just because people have money to lose doesn’t mean that their actions aren’t problematic. Compulsive gambling typically interferes in all areas of the gambler’s life, including relationships with family and friends and work. It is the behaviour of gambling itself that is the problem, not the financial consequences of the activity.
- Never play for more than you can afford to lose.
- Never chase money you’ve already lost.
- Always quit while you’re ahead no matter how small your winnings.
- And luck isn’t something that influences your winnings.