Can you remember what some of the gambling superstitions and myths are?
We know that in games of chance:
• There is no hidden code or pattern you can learn in order to predict the
outcome - it's a game based on random processes that no-one can predict.
• Since much of gambling is based on random processes, nothing you do
will influence the outcome.
• No perseverance or continued play at a particular game will improve your
chances of winning. Each outcome is an independent event, with each
outcome as likely to occur now as at any time in the future.
• The house advantage will, of course, ensure that in the long run, you pay
• There is no such thing as an “almost win”.
• Being good at video games doesn't mean that you'll be good at computer
So, knowing the house advantage
+ knowing that you're not able to control the outcome in any way
= being able to increase your ability to manage risky behaviour and being
able to decrease your risks of developing a gambling problem.
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