Another Way of Looking at Luck

Luck has always been a big part of the casino experience, generous or fickle as it can be. To many players, luck is indifferent and unchangeable. While this is true on a mechanical level, we can let this ideal colour our gameplay, having it affect our chances where we might otherwise succeed. To explore this, we want to take a look at the psychological aspect of luck, to see what can be done to help your chances.

First Things First

The first thing to remember about luck is that, even at best, you’re playing under its rules. The second thing is that, while it can be difficult to increase your good luck, reducing your bad luck is an achievable feat. This owes to human error, and how often our failures are brought about by misunderstandings of our psychology.

With an interesting concept on luck, Dr. Richard Wiseman developed four essential principles of luck. According to Wiseman, when properly utilised, these components can have positive effects not just on outcomes, but also on our outlook. We will explore these ideas.

Ultimately, the best way to put these ideas into action is by applying them. As an example, this can be accomplished at home from any of the popular modern online casino games. Whether through slots, or any table or live titles, the same principals apply. Casino games and gambling are possibly the most ‘classic’ example of harnessing luck in some way, however, the idea of Dr. Wiseman’s principles differ across different sectors. Let’s take a look at these principles and see what the outcomes could be if we spend a little time internalising them.

Another Way of Looking at Luck

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The Positive Principals of Luck

The first principle is that lucky people maximise chance opportunities. To maximise chances, a player needs to notice unexpected opportunities and work to make the most of them. A great example of this can be found in poker and the human aspect of its competition. The idea of a player tell in this area is an established thing, though uncommon. This one single idea, however, can turn what is mostly a game of luck into a game of near-pure skill. Stay alert, and get ready to leverage whenever you can.

Second, lucky people listen to intuition. This can be difficult to define, but it’s still very real. In many cases, intuition is simply a way of our unconscious picking up on something our conscious mind missed. Understand this, are you can sometimes make the right move without even fully realising why.

The penultimate principle is that lucky people expect good luck. Expecting good luck can act as a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy, Wiseman states. The idea here is that if you expect good luck, you are able to persist when your mood might otherwise sour, which is a powerful tool.

Last, is that lucky people have a positive outlook. Luck can be fickle, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. If you can see the good in the bad, you can better determine patterns, to see if the failure was your mistake or just unavoidable misfortune. Learn this skill, and each failure could help improve your game.

The Positive Principals of Luck

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There is no such thing as a perfect gambler, but those who are the most effective do share some key attributes. Chief among these is a keen analytic mind, and the ability to stay cool. Both aspects can be learned and could improve your success and outlook. It might not make you magically win, but in the long-term, your chances could be all the better for it.

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