By far most games are governed entirely by chance, such as lotteries, gaming machines and roulette. As the games are governed by chance, you cannot affect the outcome. There is no point in having your own systems, and concepts such as “lucky numbers” and “lucky machines” are just superstition. Because of the way games of chance are designed, the average and therefore the most probable outcome is that the longer you play, the more you lose. There is of course a slight chance that you will be the one who wins a large sum of money, but that is extremely unlikely. What is, however, guaranteed is that the organiser of the game will earn money from it.
Knowledge and skill play a certain role when it comes to betting. If you’re well-informed and knowledgeable, there’s an increased probability that you can predict which team will win a match. The problem is that other gamblers are also well-informed and will presumably make the same prediction as you. This causes the odds to fall and it becomes difficult to win a large amount. To win a large amount when betting it takes, that’s right, luck.
We gamble for different reasons
You might imagine that we always gamble in order to win money. But there are other reasons too, even though one motivation often dominates others as the reason why you gamble. Listen to registered psychologist Jakob Jonsson explain what drives different types of gamblers in their gambling.
The psychology of gambling
If you don’t understand how gambling actually works, it’s easy to make poor decisions about your gambling. Our gambling is governed by our biology, how we think and not least by how the games are designed.
Common questions about how the game works
We give you the answers
It might feel that you’re close to winning, but that’s not the case. Scratch cards are either winning cards or losing cards.
Yes and no. In betting, knowledge helps you to get it right. But to win a lot of money you have to bet on something unlikely happening, and for that to happen you must have luck on your side. For poker, it is true that skilled players win more money than less skilled players in the long run. In individual games, however, chance can result in skilled players losing.
Gamblers who get 13 right share a pool of prize money. If a lot of gamblers have 13 right, there will not be a lot of money for each individual.
It might seem so, but the fact is that these numbers are just as likely as any other possible combination of numbers!
No, that is actually irrelevant. It is equally likely that red will come up as black. What happened in previous games has no effect.
No. It’s just as likely that you will choose a winning lottery card as the agent will.
Nope. If you gamble often you certainly have more chances of winning money, but you will also lose more money. But above all: gambling should be a pleasure and not a way of making money.
It is chance (and in some cases knowledge and skill) that determines whether or not we win. Not where we gamble. The fact that it can feel as though we win more often at certain places than others is due to the way our brains always try to detect patterns, even when there are none.
Unfortunately there are no such guarantees. You will not be any closer to winning just because you have lost a few times. Every game is a brand new one. The chance of winning is the same every time.
No, that’s not a good idea. You should view money that you have lost as a cost you incurred for your gambling. There is no reason to believe that you will have more luck in future, so if you want to lose less money in future it’s better to play less often and for lower stakes.
No, that has no effect. The numbers are governed entirely by chance, and it doesn’t matter what happened in previous draws. The fact that it can appear that there is a system of numbers that win is due to our brains being inclined to detect patterns, even when there are none.
Big prizes are extremely rare. If everyone were to win big prizes, the organiser of the game would go bankrupt. The reverse is the case, the games are designed so that the organiser will earn money.