Does Friday the 13th Matter to Your Gambling?

Stevie Wonder’s composition said it best:

“When you believe in things that you don’t understand
Then you suffer
Superstition ain’t the way”

But superstition is a part of the gambler’s creed for many. Take the following popular examples:

  • Rub and talk to that slot machine to “warm it up,”
  • Don’t use $50 – they’re unlucky unlucky.
  • Never count your money while you are playing
  • Lucky charms bring luck, don’t forget them.
  • Don’t use the front entrance, based on the belief that upon entering the casino, the bad luck of people who are leaving, having supposedly lost, may rub off on you

Superstitions & luck – important to gamblers of all levels.

Blowing on the dice playing Craps is considered unlucky.

Today is April 13th – Friday the 13th!

While Western cultures have historically associated the number 12 with completeness (there are 12 days of Christmas, 12 months and zodiac signs, just to name a few examples), its successor 13 has a long history as a sign of bad luck.  Fear of the number 13 has even earned a psychological term: triskaidekaphobia.

Did you know a study in the British Medical Journal, published in 1993, concluded that there “is a significant level of traffic-related incidences on Friday the 13th as opposed to a random day, such as Friday the 6th.  Will that stop people from driving to their favorite casino? No!  In the casino, it’s just another day.

First of all, remember it’s a Friday – Payday! Singles night! A night many routinely go to their casino, whether it’s unlucky or not. Friday the 13th won’t deter most from their gambling and entertainment routines.

Secondly, how many of you have actually stayed on the 14th floor of a casino hotel (which we know is really the 13th) and had an amazing winning gambling session. That “13” didn’t really matter, did it?

Finally, try following this:  Superstitious Gamblers will not let other superstitions get in the way of their normal superstitions.  In other words, it seems we choose our beliefs with the selective memory that we gamble with – remembering good luck or bad luck as it fits us.

So drink, eat, gamble and be merry this Friday The 13th.  Just don’t stray under any ladders or pick up any stray black cats.

Binbin

 

Gamblers & Superstitions – If We Could Only Understand the RNG

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RNG = Random Number Generator

Sometimes, I have got to share my experiences – more cathartic for me than anything.  But may we all learn something while I rant…….

Last weekend I visited Mohegan Sun, played though the morning until it got was just too busy.  Here’s a few experiences that morning that need yet another mention:

1) Lady to my left playing Buffalo Stampede next to me keeps taking rewards card out of machine, then in, then out…..you get the idea.  At one point she had it out for a good 5 minutes.  I asked why.  She replied, “Whenever I take it out I get the bonus.”  To which, I said, “You realize of course that the rewards card and RNG that runs the machine are two separate systems.”  She says “Yes, I guess.  But it just feels that it makes a difference.”  ok – and I just kept playing.

Unfortunately, all the time she played without the card, she was denying herself 2X points and tier points – a hefty promo for Mohegan Sun.

2) Man to my right playing Buffalo Stampede is slapping the machine buttons like it’s a wack-o-mole game.  He’s unhappy.  I get a random bonus, but not much of a return.  He barks toward me that the machine is programmed to do that – “I’ve lost $600 already on this machine.  I would know.”  The fact is, the more interesting bells and whistles on a slot machine, the more volatile it becomes.  So, since he spoke first, I just reminded him that “it’s just a random bonus separate from the randomness of the RNG, so the machine doesn’t connect the two events on purpose.”  Unhappy with my non-emotional, scientific approach, he lost the rest of his money in the slot quickly, and left in a huff.

Moral of the story – It’s a machine! There’s nothing personal about it.  The machine has no brain, no emotional attachment to who’s playing it and no spiritual karma to rub and coerce out it.

IT”S A MACHINE!!

Enough said.

That’s all for now

Binbin

Gambling & Selective Memory

Memory

Heading out of the casino after another bad night of losses, a gambler tells his friend: “My wife has got the worst memory I’ve ever seen,” to which the friend responds: “Forgets your winnings, does she?”

It’s true, patrons either forget the winnings and concentrate on another loosing session, or they selectively remember “I won $100,” which is true – but at the end of the session they forget that the end result of the visit was a total loss of $400!

On one of Cousin Vito’s Casino Podcast, Vito’s guest @AnnoyedPitBoss, whom you can follow on Twitter, told a story about a frustrated regular.  While working in the pit, he was approached by this player.  The the patron asked him “Does anyone ever win in this casino?”  @AnnoyedPitBoss replied, “yes, but they don’t always end up bring it home!”

We tend to remember what we are looking for, not necessarily what has all passed in our gambling experience. Why should we…..we there to have a good time, and with so many distractions, most of us could never keep track of everything.

The famous "near miss" on a slot machine.

The famous “near miss” on a slot machine.

Selective Memory – a path of denial that many casino patrons follow.  Have you heard these before:

  • “Every time the bonus symbol comes up on the first two reels, (slots) I NEVER get the bonus.”
  • “EVERY TIME I need a card for a four-of-a-kind, I ALWAYS get the same card I discarded, just in another suit!”
  • “I get 20 (BJ) and the dealer comes up with 21”
  • “EVERY TIME I need a point (craps) with that shooter, we seven-out”

Oh, the things we choose to remember.  Of course, these selective memories play a part in creating certain superstitions and behaviors, or do one’s superstitions open up road to selective memory?  Yes and yes!

Selective memoryBe careful with your selective memory and take time to realize it plays a part in your gambling decisions – rational or not.

That’s all for now

Binbin