Tuesday, 23 November 2021

7 Psychology Principles to Change Someone's Mind

Shock. Horror. I've been brainwashed.


Not the usual spring clean with a dot of Dettol in a quart of freezing water and natural sea sponge. No, this is was a full-on brainwashing by the use of psychology. I wish I could say I am in pain. But I've never felt so eased into changing my mind. 

Take a look at these tips to help persuade people into doing all many of silly things.

1) When someone expresses something with confidence your attitude hardens. 

2) A consistent, confident voice is most effective.

3) Priming can be used to influence people. The magician who says ''try'' and ''cycling'' in different sentences because he wants you to think TRICYCLE. 

4) If someone keeps agreeing with you, you feel obligated to agree with them. This reciprocity can make you say yes at the most inappropriate times.

5) Someone shouts: ''It's the last one on the shelf. I just couldn't help but rush over and got that pot of hemorrhoid cream (yikes). Scarcity makes you run for this you don;t even need!

6) I noticed all my friend going out and buying this latest book on How to Make an Ant Farm because Jon Bon Jovi sang about it. I'm a sucker for this social influence. 

7) Certain words hold more power than others. Three types of words: God words (blessings or demands), Devil words (terms of despise or disgust) & charismatic terms. 

The most powerful words in the English language: You, Because, Free, Instantly, and New.

Monday, 15 November 2021

By The Age of 60 You Will Tell How Many Lies?

I love reading about psychology. One day, when all the pieces start fitting together, the study of behaviour and mind will be something we exalt and fear in equal measures. Such will be its power to make us bow to its wisdom. The true power of manipulation being with those who own the research to understand how a verbal or physical response can make the difference between you saying yes or no to a variety of questions. 

You may remember that a recent post mentioned the act of lying. The most common lie being: ''I'm fine.'' 

I guess you can see how that is popular. People ask how you are... but do they really want an answer by dredging your guts as you dissect the problem? I doubt it. So people say ''I'm fine'' as the perfect answer to a multitude of sins. 

More lies!

As the quote goes: There are three types of lies. ''Lies, damned lies & statistics.'' 

So what do statics say about the kind of lies each and everyone of us say on a daily basis?

As we are talking statics we revel in the act of the normal, average person.

The average person (you, me and the old dear down the road) tells 4 lies a day. 

That's quite good :-)

I guess there is a ''I'm fine'' in those four...to take up at least 25%. 

So let's do the math(s). That's 1460 lies in a year. Sounds a little bit worse, hey. There must be a few big lies in that number. I guess lots of ''I'm fine''. 



I noticed this article in the Express which says: Women are MORE dishonest than men: Females more likely to tell every day fibs.   

I'm not pointing the finger. 

''I'm fine''. 

So let's think about a whole lifetime of lies. Well, brace yourself, it's 87,600 lies by the time you are 60

Sunday, 31 October 2021

Attracted, Threatened & Bored by Your Eye Contact

Nonverbal communication. It was first scientifically researched in 1872 by Charles Darwin in his book The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.  

It can tell you more than you think. How about eye contact? Is that bookmaker looking at you in a certain way? 

So what does eye contact, or more specifically the time someone looks in your direction, mean? 

If someone measured the amount of eye contact by percentage, you may be receiving some very mixed messages.

If you are talking about the form of a given race at Kempton and your mate is looking at you 60% of the time you're not doing a very good job of convincing him. You can bet that the person is bored.

So that friend is looking at you quite intently, an extra 20%, perhaps. What does it mean? They fancy you. 

This last occurrence may happen if you have given a few losing tips. So what does eye contact cranked up to 100% mean? 

It's not good news. The boredom has gone beyond attraction and now we are talking one thing.

You are being threatened.

Hopefully, not by a man in a suit brandishing a loaded banana.  

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Not Eating The Marshmallow Made Me A Better Gambler!

Gambling and children don't mix. 

But children and sweets, that's a different matter. 

All those temptations. 

I've always had a craving for a Curly Wurly every time Charlie & The Chocolate Factory was screened on TV. 

I'm the gambling equivalent of Augustus Gloop!!!

In fact, if Lucky 15 betting slips were found in chocolate bars I'd live in a mansion made from cocoa beans. Like many, I've been sent up the river. Unlike me, I doubt yours was chocolate. My demise? I fell into a chocolate river, got stuck in a pipe, before a vacuum shot me to the fudge room never to be seen again. I got chatted-up by some sweet girl, oompa loompa, who looked like a female version of David Dickinsonn and had the sex appeal of Pamela Anderson. 

I died a heavenly death, betting against simpletons, gorging myself on Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight and took pleasure in watching my sultry oompa loompa suck Everlasting Gobstoppers until she was blue in the face. 

Not once did I see or taste a snozzberry.   

However, I realise in these latter years - vita post mortem - that, as a child, resisting that marshmallow could have made me a better gambler.

Even thinking about it now, I'll never look at the Naked Marshmallow Co Toasting Gift Set the same again. 

The Stanford Marshmallow Experiment brings insight to why your children should wait for their sweets. 

Little terrors. 

In 1972 Walter Mischel of Stanford University run an experiment about deferred gratification (basically having your cake but not eating it).  The study was to understand when the control of deferred gratification develops in children. But what does the ability to wait for something we desire relate to in later life? 

Let's first learn a little more about the study. The children sat by a table, empty of distractions, where a marshmallow was placed in front of them. (Tempting!!!) The children were told they could eat the marshmallow but if they waited for 15 minutes, their reward would be a second marshmallow. 


Over 600 children took part in the experiment. Only a minority ate the marshmallow immediately. Of those who waited (deferred gratification) one-third waited long enough to get the second treat. 


Follow-up studies, 1988 and 1990, showed that ''pre-school children who delayed gratification longer in the self-imposed delayed paradigm, were described more than 10 years later by their parents as adolescents who were significantly more competent'' and the ability to defer gratification also correlated with higher SAT scores. 


Perhaps I should have waited a little longer for all those things I wanted as a child?  

Sunday, 17 October 2021

Fear of your Mother in Law, Laughter & Opinions

The worst day of your life!

(Only kidding, this is just about psychology).

How many jokes can you tell? Comedians would die a death on stage without using their mother in-law as killer material. Les Dawson used to not only tell jokes about her but dress up like her too. 

Now, it would be darn bad news to suggest that every would-be husband or bloke with a ball and chain around his cankle is  having sleepless nights wondering if, at some point, there will be a kind, considerate and menacing knock at the door. The smell of Olay wafting through the letterbox and the dulcet tones of ''It's only me!''

Who is that? Sounds like the mother in law!!!!! 

So many son in-laws are blessed with a ''second'' mummy.

However, there is a word for all this! A word which tells a very sad tale. Some men (and women) have a phobia called Socerphobia (nothing to do with football). It's a phobia of parents in law. 

I'm sure you're laughing about the whole mother/father in law scenario. I mean, who wouldn't laugh about it? I'll tell you who! Someone with a problem that most of us don't have. Some people don't dare watch a comedy on TV. They only feel safe watching Jimmy Carr because they know it could bring on a fear like no other fear. 

The fear of laughter is actually real. I must admit, I have never known anyone with such a fear. Perhaps they are too cheerless to mention it in general conversation. However, if you know someone who never - ever - laughs at your jokes, is ''seemingly'' miserable 24/7, and they never watch comedies - you might have a candidate. Whisper to them (no, not a joke). Do you have Geliophobia? 

Where would the average mother in law be without an opinion? They need the odd comments to created a bit of conflict to last a year or two. So, I guess we can be assured that no mother in law across the world has this particular phobia. Allodoxophobia. The fear of having an opinion. How could someone last a day without having an opinion? If you know some then please feel free to keep asking their opinion about house decor, the weather or some randomness which is bound to get no response. Take joy in the fact they not only have no opinion but come out in a cold sweat just thinking about it. 

Do you know a parent in law who doesn't laugh or have an opinion. 

Never. 

Life's A Bitch When Betting From Your Deck Chair

This chair I'm sitting feels a little hard. As I'm getting on in years (joke) perhaps I should give a comfy rocker a test drive. That's a rocking chair not an affluent, long-haired bloke with an electric guitar. That deck chair on the beach looks inviting. The sound of the sea, gulls calling... peace and harmony. The perfect situation to take your phone from your pocket and place a bet. 

I guess you are wondering why I'm talking about chairs. After all, this website is about the psychology of gambling not a subdivision of Ikea. Trust me, if I thought I could sell you a chair I would have a link to one of those Han's Wegner wonderbars (basically a super cool chair). But wait a minute, check out the chair you are sitting this moment because it might be a little more important than you thought.


Psychology and the influence of the unconscious mind are becoming an important factor in understanding the human condition and particularly how this relates to our modern world. Whether we like it or not, psychology is becoming a tool of advantage to the extent that companies are paying fortunes with regard to the fascinating world of neuromarketing.


So what about that chair? Well, for the first time I can tell you that a chair isn't just something you sit on. All those years and I just hadn't seen the wood for the chairs. So what's your favourite seating arrangement? A Han's Werger, stool, bean bag or the classic poof? I don't think I would have the confidence to go into a shop and ask for a classic poof! But back to the chairs. More importantly, where do you sit when watching the racing, football or whatever sport tickles your fancy? Being specific, have you ever considered that the chair which you sit may change your betting performance? I must admit - even with my interest in psychology - I hadn't considered this point until reading an article written by Jeremy Mercer: Exploring the Promise and the Perils of the New Unconscious.


In 2009, a group of students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology took part in a study on ''bargaining techniques''. The students were seated in an office, shown a car listed at $16,500 and told to get the best possible price. Offers were made and rejected, deals struck, and then the students went on their way, from what seemed a straightforward negotiation.


However, this experiment was rather remarkable in the fact that it tested whether people could be unconsciously influenced through the sense of touch. Basically, could the chair that you sit have an influence on your behaviour? Half of the students sat on hard wooden seats while the others sat on soft cushioned chairs. It was found that those sitting on hard chairs were less flexible in their negotiations and offered less money - on average $347 less - to purchase the car. 


It was concluded that hard surfaces make people ''harder'' when negotiating because the hardness triggers concepts of stability, which the unconscious brain translates into a more confident bargaining position. This ''hard chair effect'' is part of new research which unlocks the mysteries of the human unconscious and the power it can harness. 


Next time you consider a bet, take a moment to consider how your environment may effect your unconscious mind. With further research, it is possible bookmakers may be using this new technology to hinder your success. 

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Punter Conditioned to Bet by Secret Bingo Call

The world of psychology. It's spooky like an informed witch. Let's face it, if you could pump millions of pounds into research which you knew longterm would make five, ten, twenty or one-hundred times return on investment what would you do?

Invest. 

Truth be told, we don't know the impact of psychology upon us in this day. Sure we know the basics but are we likely to understand something big? Something that is a closely kept secret. As long as it keeps reeling in the cash - like a one-armed bandit with three melons ready to fall - we know Jack Sheet. 

The three melons are Peter, Paul and Jane. Poor souls. They have just been manipulated with joyous splendour into paying for something they don't want and they are telling everyone about this thingamebob like Carol Vorderman spouts on about equity release while answering the dreams of some random child she showed how to do long division (until the director said: ''That's a wrap'').

Years ago, I used to go to the Isle College in Wisbech. Capital of the Fens. I was born in this small town and don't mind saying it is a beautiful place with a rough and ready crowd. Sorry if that offends, but it's true. Anyway, besides a touch of slander, I used to go in the bookmakers on Market Square. The one in the corner. I can't think which BRAND it was. It wasn't Ladbroke as that was down some little lane. This is about a million years ago so I doubt any of the places are the same. 

Anyway, I used to go to the bookies to get out of the cold if buying some food in town. I had an interest in horse racing even in those formative years so it was good to watch a race or two. I used to enjoy the crowd. A mix of young and old. A regular called Mr Christmas. It was a nice little group. I didn't use to say much as I'm quiet until I get to know people. But I felt like I was part of the community.

They had all manner of opportunities to gamble. Horse racing, greyhounds, virtual racing (if you bet on this you need psychiatric help!) and also, some crazy bingo game. It was playing as though on a loop. Numbers, numbers, bloody numbers. There was this old bloke who sat in the corner. I don't think his legs were too good so he didn't like to walk to the counter too often. 

However, over the weeks, I watch him musing over his bets. He was slow and deliberate like a tortoise. He had a dodgy hand. And a laugh like a green woodpecker. A beady eye that gave the impression he was looking at you through a periscope. He enjoyed a bet on the horses. 

He used to complain about the bingo with its incessant number calling. 

It had some kind of jingle to it which sent a sickly-sweet feeling through your stomach. I'm sure I saw the old bloke bracing himself a few times as if he was about to throw up. 

I kept him at arm's length, rather warming to the festive conversations of Mr Christmas who seemed happy 365 days a year. 

Here we go - Bingo. 

Number 22. 76. 184. (I wasn't sure bingo went that high).

You maybe thinking, well what's all this bingo talk about.

Here's the psychology. Every time the number 50 was called, the old bloke rushed to the counter to placed a bet. At first, I thought it was just a coincidence. But it seemed to happen as regular as clockwork. It was difficult to tell how often he bet as afterwards, he would leave and say he was going to do some shopping. 

I wonder what happened to that bloke?

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Fat Teddy Bears, Lying and Alcohol

I guess these three words could be described as the good, bad and ugly. I would imagine most people have partaken in owning a teddy bear, drinking alcohol and even lying. 

It makes me wonder who is the person who still has all three going on as an adult, especially if a man. I have this scenario in mind of a toy collector (bears), who lied about the price he paid for this Stieff bear, which tormented him so much that Mr Bear Collector turned to alcohol.  I'm sure you could imagine lots of story lines. 

Plenty of people have lied or turned to alcohol when gambling goes wrong. But I wonder what they would say if you ask how they are...

As always, everything in moderation and remember that willpower is a good foundation to build reason, logic and responsibility. 

So what does psychology tell us about these three things:

Did you know, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 20 men admit to sleeping with a teddy bear. 

Lier, lier....

Do you know the most common lie? 

''I'm fine''

As many as 9% of adult Americans have been to Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at some time in their life. 

Fat Teddy Bears. Well, lets talk about fat in general - piling on the pounds. Posting a calorie chart in fast food restaurants leads people to choose less healthy options

Thursday, 16 September 2021

The basic things you need to know about Poker

When it comes to casino games, poker is one of the oldest games that is still being played up to now. There are so many variants of poker games that you can play. it's also one of the games that are very common and can be found in many casinos. 

The pack 

Poker games are played with a card stack. Usually, it's the 52 card stack that may have two jokers in. There has been an increase in payers which have seen a lot of casinos online now making use of two card stacks the cards are the ones used for dealing. 

The other pack is usually used for shuffling. During the game, the players have the privilege to call for a new pack and replace the old one. 

Scores 

Each player is given several cards that they will play with. The different numbers have different scores. That is how a winner is determined .all you need to do as a player is match up your cards. talk of the four aces, straight flush or full house among many others. 

Bets 

The game makes use of betting chips that you will find at the table. during the game, you will have a dealer who will be in control of the game. Before you start playing it Poker rule that you need to pay the ante .youare allowed to bet as much you can. 

It's either you bet the same amount with the other players or you decide to raise. Its all about a game strategy so as you bet don't get too excited. bet what you can afford and also know when to. 

Conclusion 

This is ono the easiest games that you can play in a casino. be careful about how you bet and avoid distractions.

Monday, 12 July 2021

Things you didn’t know about free spins

Getting into a meilleurs sites de casino you probably do not have any idea of how things go . not to worry if you are a newbie there a lot of free trials that you can have till you are good at the games. there however are not only given to new clients. for regular clients, free pins are given bonuses. 

Requirements

There is a couple of requirement that you should know about free spins. you need to make sure that you check these out so that you won't have any troubles. 

Most free spins have bonus codes. you need to have this code for you to make use of them. Besides a code, you need to follow up on the wagering requirements of the free spins that you get. 

Beginners free spins 

They are given to new clients to the casino. you are given these to familiarise yourself with the type of games the casino offers. as a way to make sure that the casino opens not, make a loss with people who are not serious, they have tied the free spins with the welcome bonus. This is the way that they know that you are serious about gambling. 

Promotion free spins 

As a way, io boost ist business a new casino online UK offers promotional spins from time to time .there are codes given to their regular customers so by just signing in into your account you will be able to access them. 

Conclusion 

Free spins are just good for both sides that is the players and the business. The paper gets s to gain more experiences at the same time it boosts the trust of players in the casino. casinos that also have wagering requirements for free spins benefit more from their customers. not all casinos though have these requirements. a player makes sure you understand this.

Top Internet Scams Online Casino Players Should Know

Internet scams have flooded the web therefore, we must protect our online casino players. Online gamblers need to protect their personal information. Cyber threats and cyberbullying have become the order of the day. Therefore, in this article, we are going to give you the internet scams online casino players need to know. 

Ransomware 

Let’s take for instance you browsing through the online web searching for the best australian casino online site. Then boom! A message popping up on your screen and lock your computer. Imagine a message saying you are under investigation on the content you are sharing or viewing on the internet. The paranoia will get the better of you and you will be extremely petrified. The only way to get rid of the ransomware tool is to look for a computer unless if you are one yourself then recover your files and destroy them. 

Mobile Malware 

Mobile malware was discovered in 2004. And since then it has evolved and many mobile applications contain malware. This has given internet scams to invade many mobile phones and rig people’s finances and credit card information. 

Malware can come in many different and attractive forms. Some come with fake websites and this can affect your phone in many ways. These ways include sending messages on social networks along with tracking your location. 

Refusal to Pay Winnings 

Furthermore, this is the most heartbreaking online pokies scam. This is because it destroys your hopes of winning real money. For instance, if you win a jackpot and try to withdraw it, the casino may not allow you to do so. The online casinos may refuse to answer your calls and emails. Therefore, the only way to avoid this scam is to make sure you are dealing with a reliable gambling site. 

In conclusion, these are the internet scams that online casino players must know.

Types of Boxing Bets

In every game, when you add the aspect of real money it gets 10 times better. That is why today we are looking at the different types of boxing bets. As we do so, we hope that we will be able to make the right bet in the next game of boxing that you will place real money on. 

Method of Victory 

Placing a bet is all about taking the risk. That is why the first method of betting that we will look at is the Method of Victory and its used by the most south africa mobile casinos players. As you place this bet, you are gambling on how the player will win. That means you also have to include who will win as well. Betting options that you have included a stoppage, point’s victory, or a draw. 

Go the Distance 

In this type of bet, you will consider whether the fight will be stopped or not. This is a straightforward bet, just like how you bet on jokaroom.net for slot games. As you place this bet, you need to know the boxer’s history as this will help with figuring out the odds. 

Round Betting 

When you want to place a bet in Round Betting, things that you have to consider include whether the fight goes out for an early finish or not. As you place this bet, you also need to consider what the fighter said in the pre-press conference. It just might have a few hints on how the fight will go. 

Knockdown Specials 

One of the most exciting bits to place in boxing is this Knockdown Special. In this bet, you look at whether the boxers will both be knocked out or not. As you place this bet, you also need to have looked at their history so that you can factor in their endurance time. In conclusion, these are the different types of boxing bets.

How to place bets at a casino

You can't be called a gambler if you are not betting real money. you could be paying at a land-based casino or an online casino you still need to place your bet. new players usually do not know how to place their bets. not to worry here are a few tips on how you can place your bets at the right spot. 

Check if the site is secure

It's wise that before you sign up with any casino you check if it's registered and secure. you wouldn’t want to place your money and the next thing you get nothing in return. Especially when it comes to an online casino is there are a lot of fraudsters who are after people money.

Consider the house edge 

This is how the australian online pokies casino makes sure that the bigger rewards ate coming g vibration the casino. the house edge differs from game to game. before you place any bets on any game make sure that you have checked the house edge. generally, the house edge is just the money that the casino makes from each game played. 

Hold on to your ticket 

Once you have told the cashier your bets, they will access your betting slip so that they can verify if you have indeed won. This strategy mostly happens at the sportsbook. At casinosonline-canada.ca, the RNG will instantly show you if you have won or not, and if you are playing live dealer games the croupier will display on the screen the outcome of the game once it's finished. 

Know the game details of your bet

After you've decided on a wager, you'll need to know a few housekeeping facts before approaching the window and placing your wager. To begin, look for the game's ID number. This will be a three-digit number to the game's left.

Monday, 14 June 2021

He's Backed Every Favourite Since 1973

When you make a decision it seems natural to think you have weighed up all the factors. Let's say you considered a bet. You think the horse has winning form. It likes the ground. Good jockey. The price is better than you thought and looks value. 
Job done. Well, that's the logic, heyHowever, research suggests there may be a problem. Our decision making is mostly unconscious. Now you may consider that is a load of old rubbish. ''I know what I think!'' But
 consider how these aspects may influence your ''decisions''. 


Are you influenced by what others say? The paper favourite? What does that bloke from the Racing Post have to say? You maverick doing your own thing. In an instant you can appreciate how social validation plays its part.  The difficultly is that so much of our ''decision making'' is ingrained, habitual, implicit that even trying to make it conscious is no easy task. As Sigmund Freud would say: ''We are trying to make the unconscious conscious.''

Your past behaviour will affect how you behave in the future? It most likely will unless you can appreciate why you behave in such a way. Have you noticed the bloke in the bookies who only bets on the favourite? Every time it's a favourite. He may try and mix it up a little with a cross the card double (but it's still two favourites). But why? We like to stay true to ourselves and so we follow a personal commitment to do just that. Take a read of our post: I followed That Horse Off A Cliff

Boy, you will be waiting a long time for Uncle Harold to take out his mat and do some break dancing.

Back an outsider? Fu*k Off!!!!!


But what else? Do you follow a tipster even though he has been in terrible form of late because he had a good winner last year. I owe him. Or your mate took your advice last week and he's really keen on this horse  and would you believe it's in the same race as mine. That reciprocity can turn your mind. But so too can your ''decision'' never to trust anyone's advice but your own (talking to myself here).

However, this doesn't mean your thinking is faulty, irrational or bad. It's simply that our conscious mind cannot cope with all the data it tries to process. Our unconscious mind has evolved to do the job. For the most part it does it well. It's not a tyrant trying to teach us a lesson for being a naughty child. It trusts it makes a decision in our interests. That's the ''gut feeling''. 

Probably the best way to appreciating how we make decisions is to keep a diary. Not so much about our selection or bets but how we got to that point. This is much more difficult than it sounds but it can be revealing especially if you notice a pattern of behaviour keeps cropping up. 


What do you think, Sigmund?

Friday, 21 February 2020

Does Smoking A Cigar Improve Your Gambling Performance?


I doubt anyone has asked you this question before. 

Perhaps you feel compelled to ask the next gentleman (or lady, God forbid) who is smoking a large cigar about their performance in the many and varied aspects of their daily life. 

It's funny but even Sigmund Freud was nearly cornered by the insight of one of his students who asked about him smoking a large cigar. Clearly, relating to the point it could be seen as a phallic symbol. Freud, a true intellectual giant, considered the question with interest and intent. After a few moments thought he uttered these famous words: ''Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar!''

Have you noticed how many professional gamblers are seen in films, the press and even in real life smoking a cigar? Billowing plumes of nicotine fighting with carbon monoxide with an element of uranium. I've never been a smoker, but my father loved a pint and Castella. When he was feeling flush, he'd whip out a King Edward. I must admit, I always enjoyed the smell of those wafting fumes. 

Why do people associate gamblers with smoking cigars? I guess in the first place it takes a wealthy type to smoke anything these days. Especially a Cuban cigar, or a hand-rolled number like a Double Corona Regius. Surely, no one smoke these sticks of TNT as they cost $54,000 each. It doesn't sound possible, hey, but that's the word from the smokers' den. Personally, I would rather visit yukon gold casino > get 125 free spins + $150 bonus from wisergamblers.  

Sir Mark Prescott, a horse trainer related to the Queen, used to be synonymous with cigar smoking. An avid steamer, he sent tremors across the bows of Cigar Aficianodos Magazine when the slick-backed maestro gave up the habit of a lifetime and soon after went on the cold list of trainers who simply couldn't find a winner for love nor money. Any takers for 10 nicotine patches to 5. Anyone!

From a medical perspective, smoking is dangerous. It's worse than gambling unless you smoke old betting slips. (Joke) One of the few advantages of smoking is that it may help prevent obesity, as nicotine is an appetite suppressant. 

Here's my philosophy about smoking cigars and gambling. If a gambler can afford to smoke a big cigar it shows they have money to burn. Which in turn details they have some wealth, prosperity and success. Smoking a cigar may help fulfil the desire to be the part of a successful gambler acting as a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you see a punter at the racecourse smoking a large cigar do you think of success or failure? 

Question: Should you place a bet or buy a £10 cigar? 

Monday, 27 January 2020

Looking Beyond the Psychology of 'Free' Casino Promotions


Every time we visit an online casino, it’s hard to argue with the fact that the iGaming industry has lent heavily on other areas of commerce. Browsing around at all the latest sign-up and bonus offers available, all you need to do is look through a list of sites and count how many times the word “free” appears.

Interestingly, there’s actually far more to “free” than meets the eye. In a 2015 article published by Huffpost, they explained some aspects behind the psychology of discounts, promotions and free offers. One of the core principals was that people can often be swayed into buying something when they otherwise might not have considered doing so once pulled through the door by what they perceive to be a good promotion. 


In the same article, they highlighted the work of behavioural scientist Dan Ariely, professor and author of ‘Predictably Irrational’, a New York Times bestseller, which delves into the choices people make when presented with offers and promotions. Through the course of his studies and experiments, Ariely has found that people often value something for “free” more, compared to something heavily discounted or which might actually be more useful. 

Akin to high-street retailers or alternative shopping destinations we might peruse via the internet these days, online casinos are increasingly deploying the same kinds of psychological methods to attract new custom. This is why “free” is attached to so many promotions because they know it will attract your attention, stop you in your tracks and make you look. It’s also fair to say that far too many players don’t look beyond the “free” spins, cash or credits on offer. 

For those of us who enjoy gambling, be it wagering on sports or playing casino games and slots, there’s arguably nothing quite like a good promotion. Something that makes us feel confident we’re depositing funds at the right location and that we’ll benefit in some way for doing so. However, we should also train ourselves to look past the latest “free” something an online casino is offering. 

What we should be looking for is the quality of the overall service at an online casino. This means ensuring payment and withdrawal are convenient, that the site is fully licensed and regulated by reputable gaming commissions, has the eCOGRA logo as an assurance of fairness, and the variety of games we want to play. Yukon Gold is a great example, a full review from BonusFinder here, which details what to look for at a quality online casino, beyond the 125 “free” spins available for Immortal Romance slots. 

The lesson here is that nothing in life is completely free. There are usually some strings attached, and in the case of online casinos, many promotions are usually tied to the size of the initial deposit you make, which games you can play and can be accompanied by certain specific wagering requirements. We want to play and the casinos want us to play with them, which means finding the right balance that suits ourselves best of all, selecting to play at those offering something both appealing and practically beneficial.


This is why checking through casino comparison and review sites is always great advice. Every offer we look at will have some appeal and tug at our desire to get something for free, though we should always pause and check what they entail, looking for any tangible benefits we can make the most of.

Monday, 9 September 2019

Introvert Gambler: 5 Behaviours You Can't Avoid...


You've seen him hiding behind his Racing Post. Furtive eyes flicking from side to side. You think he's studying the form. I bet he's got a fancy in the next race at Newton Abbot. A handkerchief is pulled from his pocket, dabbing as a sweaty brow. Cheeks flushed like crimson. I bet 6/4 this young upstart is going to place a monkey on the counter. I've heard there's a big gambler on the estate.  

Fred comes in and I whisper a word inquiring to this stranger in town. 

He laughs and replies: ''That's Mark, he's an introvert gambler!''

Gambling is so often the domain of the extrovert. Loud, brash, it's like they are on loud-speaker when they utter a quiet word. It's like Harry Findlay after he has ripped the balls off a bookmaker who last week had some beef over his gravy. The betting world is populated with the extrovert. They were made for the term coined by Carl Jung in his work Psychological Types, published in the 1920s.  

But what about the Introvert Gambler? 

Watch out for these 5 Behaviours You Can't Avoid:

1) Don't Call As I'm Not In...

It's true. Even if it's one of your mates calling about a free ticket to the greyhound Derby with Harry Findlay, you just can't answer the phone. You're permanently not at home even though that curtain has been twitching like a nervous eye. 

Reason: Introverts just love their own space. It's sacred. An unexpected noise, knock at the door, a stranger in the bookmakers can feel like your temple of quiet solitude has been invaded. The introvert is all about peace, quiet and harmony (and I'm not talking hairspray). They need time to think and express thoughts. A phone call is just isn't acceptable. 

 2) I Don't Need A Phone...

As hard as it is to receive a call, it's difficult to make a phone call, too. In fact, if there is any way of avoiding making a call. That's the answer. March opened a betting account. He had a fancy in the 2:30 Newmarket. It took him twenty minutes to dial the phone. The thought of calling a stranger. It's probably some beast of a person at the end of the line. 

Reason: Introverts use non-verbal communication such as body language  



  



5 Ways Psychology can Improve your Gambling


Psychology – the study of behaviour and mind. I think you will agree it is a fascinating subject because it helps identify new wisdom, understanding and advancement of the human condition. I have always been interested in the other side of the coin. How can we use psychology to actually improve our chance of winning? It's a topic of conversation that I have heard very little news. However, I have spent many hours reading psychology books from a quantitative and qualitative perspective and these tips can help you win when betting on the horses.
 
1) Are You Sitting Comfortably? (I Hope Not)

It sounds a crazy idea but research has shown that the chair you sit when making your tips can be the difference between winning and losing. Or, at least, improving your chances of making it a profitable day. It was found that people sitting on a harder chair were harder negotiators than those who sat in comfort. 


2) Loose Lips Sink Tips (Titanic Bet)

Be careful who you listen to. You may not realise it, but you are influenced without knowing. The racing paper, TV channel, opinions and thoughts can easily sway your judgement. If you have good reason to follow your tip – don't be swayed. 

3) Dr Know-It-All

Become an expert. Can the novice punter be better than the expert? It is said that it takes 10,000 hours or study to become an expert of any subject. Make sure you put in the hours and especially work within a niche. It will give you a huge advantage over the opposition. 

4) What Was The Name Of That Horse?

I followed that horse off a cliff. We've all been there. I bet on that horse the last three times so I can't afford to let it go by today. You probably didn't realise but this is psychology at work. You are much more likely to bet on an old favourite horse that new name because of this previous relationship. However, you need to keep this point in mind as all too often this type of horse disappoint and become very costly to follow. 

5) These Words Are Pure Value

The Contrast Theory. This is worth noting. How many times have you seen one horse beat another only to see them re-oppose next start? Take a look at the betting. The beaten horse is likely to be a bigger prize. Not a surprise you might say. But how big are the odds? The human condition details that we often make mistakes in this area and favour the previous winner much more than we should to a level where the outsider of the two horses is a value bet. If the horse looks to have a reason why it could improve: going, distance, jockey it may be the bet. 

The next time you place a bet, take a moment to consider how psychology may have helped or hindered your chance of winning.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

3 Fears: Time, Mirrors & Opinions


Have I got time to write this post?

I have an hour glass in the kitchen, a month glass in the living room and standard 80-year life glass in the bedroom. I purchased them TOGETHER on Ebay to save time!

The 80-year life glass is in the shape of a human torso, where everyday a thimble full of sand drops to its feet, half in the left leg and half in the right. The big toes took three months to fill. Scary. Time has passed by and I am halfway up the shins. I think seeing the sands of time pass by has spurred me on to make the most of every minute of the day. Do you have a fear of Chronophobia? I guess it's the kind of phobia you don't consider as a child. Someone may think about it for you. But when we all grow up and the years crack on the fear of time is something that many people can concur.  

Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the most beautiful of them all? Do you love looking at yourself in the mirror? I guess the best assessment of whether you do is by counting the number of mirrors you have in your home. As time goes on you may notice you have more hour, month, life glasses while the mirrors are removed. The fear of mirrors is called Catoprophobia. Do cats like to look at themselves in the mirror?

What we have talked about here is all a matter of opinion. You love mirrors, you're terrified of the sound of that clock ticking in the hallway. This is a strange one. Do you have a fear of having an opinion. The wall flower of politics. The person who walks swiftly on if someone asks if you like bootleg or skinny jeans? Notice how Delia Smith couldn't bring herself to say she liked Oxo over another favourite brand. Your best friend asks you who will win the FA Cup. Sorry, I didn't hear that! The fear of opinions is called Allodoxophobia.  

I wondered why you didn't have an opinion about time or mirrors. 

Monday, 11 February 2019

How to Pick a Grand National Winner: 7 Secret Tips the Bookies Can't Beat


We've all heard of different ways to pick a Grand National winner.

From liking the name, colours, to ''I always bet on the favourite''.

But when it comes to narrowing down the field, what are those secret tips which give you a fighting chance to win a bundle of cash?

Take a look at our 7 Grand National Secrets to make this year go down a storm:

Don't be scared of the price

Never, ever, laugh at someone who bets on an outsider in this race as nearly anything is possible. Did you know that five 100/1 winners have shocked the bookies (and punters) since the race was inaugurated back in 1839? Since 2009, there have been winners at odds of 100/1, 33/1, 66/1, 25/1, 25/1, 33/1. Horses have to be a certain standard to be allowed to enter this steeplechase and that means all are capable on their day. The handicapper is there to give each horse a chance of winning. That's why horses at huge odds often go better than the favourite. 

Experience is key

Although 40 horses take part it is usually the older, more experienced, runners which hold the greatest chance of winning. Only four horses have won at the age of eight. This included the three-time winning superhorse Red Rum. 

Weight stops trains

It's true, and it also stops horses winning the Grand National. The better the horse's achievements on course, the higher the weight it has to carry over a long distance of four miles and four furlongs. To jump 30 fences in dry conditions is difficult but if the going turns soft it is next to impossible. Ideally, your horse should carry less than 11-6lbs. 

It's a marathon, not a sprint

There are many speed horse which try their luck at Aintree but very few win. You have to go back to Mr Frisk in 1990, who set a course record with a time of 8m 47.8s. Those fast ground conditions are unlikely to be seen again due to animal welfare. So it often pays to bet on a horse with stamina. The majority of winners have won a chase over 3 miles and most had won over further. As the fences are smaller, horses have a tendency to go even faster which plays into the hands of those who love a test of stamina.

Your horse needs to jump

I know it sounds obvious but jumping is the key to getting around the Grand National. If it is clumsy or has a proven record for falling then look at other selections. 

Experience is key 

The Grand National is a stiff test for the best horses and some take to it while others struggle from the start. Experience is a huge advantage in this race and why those who have completed the course before or even hit the frame deserve extra credit. Include the form of other nationals such as the Welsh, Irish and Scottish races.  Ten of the last 14 winners had previously run in at least one of these three races. Mon Mome, who won at odds of 100/1 in 2009, had started favourite in the Welsh National.  

Cheltenham Festival Chase Winners

These are horses which go well when competing in the Grand National, especially British trained.   

Monday, 24 December 2018

Awkward Silences, Television & Smiles


Another post about psychological ramblings. 

Have you ever been to the bookmaker and noticed an awkward silence? Perhaps you won a bit too much money and along with a loss of wedge the bookmaker isn't just giving you the cold shoulder. But how long did it take you to feel something just wasn't right? If you had a stopwatch, what number of second would pass before you pressed the stop button feeling kind of awkward? 

Supposedly, an awkward silence can be felt after just 4 (long) seconds. It doesn't seem quite long enough but that's what they say. 

Television. Who doesn't enjoy watching TV? Often known as the box in the corner - more like hanging on a wall these days - it is part of everyday leisure. Where would we be without that fun box? Psychology has a lot to say about TV. You name it, there is research about this, that and the other. But what does it say about people who love too much TV? How many hours a week do you watch TV? I seem to be watching less and less so it may be saying something positive about me. So what does it say? Here goes. Unhappy people watch more TV. 

When was the last time someone gave you a smile? I guess it wasn't the bookmaker who you won all that money. Not the TV addict who was too busy watching a ''gripping'' episode of Emmerdale. Why should they even think to smile. Not only should you enjoy receiving a smile but giving them too. Research shows that smiling can make you feel happier. 

If you are watching TV in the same room as someone and feel an awkward silence coming on, switch it off, look at the person, and smile. The world is feeling a happier place, hey?