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Gambling is a bait and switch scam that plays upon certain peoples' addition to dopamine boosts after small winnings.
It is predicated on the statistical probabilities that ensure the more you play, the more you lose even though small winnings are dispersed throughout the time of play to keep you hooked.
Healthy people can see the scam for what it is worth, but people with dopamine-addict personalities or who do not understand the math, lose big.
I don't do casinos. I do buy lotto tickets on occasion. My brother calls it a tax on the stupid. My brother in this regard is an idiot and over all a muggy little twat.
I only buy 1 ticket. You buy any more than 1 ticket and you are being stupid. 2 chances in millions vs 1 is a mathematical doubling of odds but in human terms still 0.
Buying 1 ticket vs 0 is still basically 0 chances of wining but you introduce a theoretical chance of winning. That chance of theory really spices up the fantasy life and makes day dreaming much more fun. Sadly it is my only hope such as it is.
Likewise I only play the big Canadian and American lottos [close to the border for the win] when they go beyond a certain amount. That saves a lot of money. If I am not going to win and am only playing for the fantasy, might as well dream big, like 40+ for the Canadian and 300+ for the American.
When none of the lottos are that high, I can still dream of winning the next big one.
I don't think what I am doing is irrational. I get a lot of joy out of minimal spending. Even if I don't have a lotto ticket I can still dream of the next one.
Sadly most people buy multiple tickets thinking it will make a difference, play no matter what the prize is and worse of all play with teams. WTF is that. Ohh I increase my odds of winning from 0 to 0, sure bud but at the cost of cutting the dream to a fraction of what it could be. Exceptions of course if people are playing with a hard core group of friends and getting 1 ticket but that never happens.
I only buy $1 scratchoffs, and I've probably only bought 3-4 this year. On $1 scratchoffs, the odds are actually 1:4 or 1:5, usually you only win $1, but still, one time I did actually win $80 off one. I figure at $80, I've now at the very least over my lifetime broke even for lotto tickets, so I pretty much stopped after that. I don't see a point in buying say, $5 scratchoffs, or $20 scratchoffs, as they still have odds of 1:4-5 as well, so your chance of winning is not increased over a $1 ticket. The prize amounts are somewhat more, but not enough to justify the cost, as a $1 ticket max prize payout is $1000-3000 generally, so I think you have much better mathematical odds of buying 20 $1 tickets instead of one $20 ticket, as the odds of winning are still the same.
Or uh, don't buy them at all and buy an Arizona Green Tea instead.
poker is a game of skill just like chess....so guys play poker as a competition....and the money just adds a little spice to it....if you beat your buddies not only do you get bragging rights you make a few bucks as well...I played a lot of poker at university.
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Someone mentioned Filipinos being vulnerable to gambling and that is so true. I used to date a Filipina in the USA who could not stop gambling. We used to go to Atlantic city all the time.
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Yesterday me and my family went to a casino for a buffet. At the casino slot machines, I noticed that everyone playing was fat, ugly, degenerate and looked low class. No offense to any slot players out there though. But that's what I usually see in casinos. You never see anyone attractive or intelligent looking playing slot machines. I sometimes see attractive people playing table card games, but not slot machines. Why is that? Is it because slot machines only appeal to dumb degenerate low class hickish blue collar worker types who don't like to think and aren't educated? lol
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All this pontificating is hilarious.
As the saying goes you can't win if you don't play. I don't complain about the CA Lottery as I don't play it. It's only obvious people are winning huge sums of money. In the end it's worth it.
What I don't quite understand is the logical developed in middle class households.
How did somebody come up with the $30,000 figure? At least as I understand it, the Lotto or Power Ball in your state the numbers change every week. If you buy 1 ticket per week that is $4 a month. Even at one ticket per day for seven days is $7 or $28 a month. Whatever amount you spend, you will make more once you win. The odds in the short term aren't in your favor, but the odds become a bit fairer the longer you play.
The majority of people don't look at gambling as an investment. If you play the stock market that's gambling but culturally acceptable, hmmm. Sounds like class warfare to me; the poor get to play the lottery, bet on sports or go to the casino but the rich get to play in the stock market. I suggest all of you look up MF Global just the latest in Wall St. shenanigans that impacts the small investor much more than the rich for obvious reasons.
Again this is why I don't poo-poo gambling. It's your small opportunity to get rich quick without a ton of risk. Doing it the hard way, building a business from nothing with a business model that's viable for at least 30 years.
The majority of the population feels it's not worth it, a rip-off so they don't doing it. Fine, that improves the people that do plays odds.
Considering the money people waste on a daily basis on what I call fluff; IE stuff that won't improve your live or comfort in any way you have no room to criticize those that gamble.
Hmmm. So when the MIT kids figured out how to make money and LV cracked down violently they are consumed by greed? No they want a comfortable life without any fear of poverty.
Since "American Life" can be quite expensive this drives the demand for gambling.
Going up middle class actually I am comfortable where I am because I actually DO have an idea what poverty looks like. Could I use more money? Sure but what does it take to get it?
For most that would mean starting a business but look at how many loathe that idea...
They rather complain much easier, less risk and cheaper too.
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