Facts about gambling
There is a plethora of different kinds of gambling nowadays. We have collated some information here about how different kinds of gambling work, the importance of chance in gambling as well as how popular and risky they are.
The importance of chance and risk levels are defined on the basis of an assessment by experts in the field of gambling.
The popularity assessment is based on the Swedish Gambling Authority’s statistics from 2015 of the gambling products that we play the most.
Bingo arrived in Sweden in the 1960s and is based on numbers being drawn at random and players marking these numbers on playing boards with a grid of printed numbers. The first player to achieve a full row of numbers calls out “Bingo!” to let everyone know that they have won. Bingo is viewed as a social game in which people, for example, take shared pleasure in other people winning.
Casino games is a collective term for a number of kinds of games offered at casinos, e.g. gaming machines, dice games, roulette, Black Jack and poker. In Sweden there are casinos in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Sundsvall. Many operators without a Swedish gaming permit also offer online casino games.
Scratch cards are a simple form of gambling available both online and in physical form. The fields and check boxes are covered with a coating. To find out whether you have won, you simply scrape off this coating. For online games and on your mobile, you scrape the card electronically. Scratch cards are governed entirely by chance. They are often based on matching three symbols to win.
This game is based on predicting the results of a large number of matches. In “Stryktipset”, for example, there are 13 matches and you win if you get 13, 12, 11 or 10 right. The pools are considered a form of gambling with a relatively low risk. Many people feel that their knowledge helps them to win, but because of the different number of variations and possible results in the pools, the game can be viewed as a lottery.
Number games and Lotto
Lotto is a game of chance based on selecting a series of numbers, for example by crossing off the right number in a row. You win if you happen to have chosen the numbers that are then drawn at random.
It’s easy to think you have a higher chance of winning, the more Lotto rows you play, but based on the small chances of winning a large prize in number games it can be seen that buying more rows is not a great help. The chance remains extremely small.
Svenska Spel’s most popular number games are Lotto, Keno, Joker, Eurojackpot, and Viking Lotto.
Poker is the collective term for a group of card games based on the player staking money on holding better cards than the other players. In poker you play against other players, not against the gaming company. The rules and card combinations that apply vary, depending on what kind of poker you’re playing. The game is a combination of skill and chance. There is also Internet/online poker, which is played online, in the form of both cash games and tournaments.
In Sweden there are gaming machines at Casino Cosmopol’s four casinos and at premises that offer the game known as Vegas. Vegas is a gaming machine on which the game is governed entirely by chance, and offers wheel-based games on various themes, poker and number games.
All of Vegas’s gaming machines are linked together with a server that generates thousands of random numbers every second. Every time you press the button to play again, the system chooses a totally random output. This means that a machine that has not paid out for a while will not “have to pay out soon” on account of this. The machines in casinos work in the same way, although they offer bigger wins and jackpots.
Betting is based on placing money as a bet on a certain outcome, for example who will win a certain match, score the first goal or win the Eurovision Song Contest. If you’re right you win and if you’re wrong you lose, it’s that simple. The games create a sense that you can influence your opportunities to win if you have a lot of knowledge, and it’s not unusual for betting to be described as a game of skill.