Everyone dreams of winning a big jack pot at a casino. People flock to gamble hoping that with one hand in a game, one pull of the lever, all their worries will disappear when they are handed a big wad of cash. Probability and statistics are not something that people worry about when they are sitting before a slot machine or about to place a bet on a card game, they rely on something completely different: myths that we have told ourselves over and over again so that we will pay the money to play a game that already has odds against us.
One of the most commons myths is that people just have hunches that they are going to win. Unfortunately, this is not true. Researchers of parapsychology have been studying people’s hunches for decades, and have never found anything concrete to prove that people know they are going to win. We would all like to believe that the cards will fall in our favor, but that is just not true.
Many people believe that there are other people out there who have a system for winning. There are cases where people make good decisions or use a mathematical equation in order to increase their odds but there is not way to actually win every time. The best way to prove that this is totally fake is to think about why would someone sell information that would make them rich? The gambling industry would crumble if there was such a strategy.
Other people believe that you have to cheat to win anything. That is not true. If you like to play that slot machines, the slot machines are already programmed to combine thousands of combinations, some have to be winners. It is not you who is cheating, but the machine that is letting you win. The machine chooses when someone wins and when not.