Games You’ll Lose 100% of the Time!


Here are a few games that many people play
but can’t win!
9 – House Always wins
Casinos all over the world have great shows,
great food and great entertainment overall,
don’t think of casinos as places that give
you a great amount of money.
A lot of people dream of beating the casino,
but it’s just not possible.
In the long run anyways.
Someone may be able to have a big winning
night, but they’re not gonna be doing that
night in night out!
U.S. commercial gaming revenue topped $40
billion dollars for the first time ever in
2017 at $40.28 billion, with states receiving
a record $9.23 billion from gaming taxes alone.
There’s a reason why and how that happens!
There are exactly zero games a casino offers
where the edge is on the player’s side.
Well, maybe 1, and that’s blackjack, but
the player edge is possible only if you play
perfectly and count cards, but you’d get
kicked out by the casino anyways.
Math is the universal language, and it never
lies.
The house advantage varies for each game and
with betting limits in place, that ensures
that over time the casino won’t lose money
against gamblers.
If you’re gonna play a game for entertainment,
play a game like baccarat because even if
you have no clue what you’re doing, there’s
not much edge to give up.
For example, if you don’t have a clue what
to do in blackjack, you could be giving up
more than 20% in edge!
The house advantage obviously doesn’t mean
that you can’t win on any given night.
But it does mean that the more you play, the
more the math works against you and over time,
it’s a losing proposition where the losses
just keep on coming.
8 – The status game
Trying to show off to someone else how smart
they are or how much money they have is a
losing proposition.
However, it’s ingrained in human nature,
and showing off status back in the day meant
a lot more for survival than it does today.
A famous study in behavioral economics showed
that if someone given a choice between earning
$50,000 a year with everyone else earning
$25,000, or earning $100,000 while others
earned $200,000, the majority of people would
choose the former!
Why?
It’s simple.
People are wired to care what others think
about them.
Competing with other people and needing to
win is an evolutionary instinct.
Now, we’re not saying to not compete here
or not to work hard.
However, we’re just saying that there’s
really no point in trying to impress other
people or really, care about what other people
think.
With the way the modern world is today, we
don’t need to play the status game in order
to survive.
In fact, trying to signal to other people
that we have money or that we’re smarter
than them just breeds jealousy and envy!
The sad fact is that most people don’t want
to see other people do better than them!
The worst part is when someone actually doesn’t
have the money for the lifestyle they want
to portray.
They go into debt to live in a mansion, drive
a luxury car, and wear luxury clothes they
can’t afford, just to try to portray a lifestyle
that’s not real for other people to see!
The thing that most people forget or maybe
don’t realize is that everyone essentially
just cares about themselves, no matter what
they say.
No one really cares about the luxury purse
or car that someone else has.
When someone plays the status game, there’s
no winning.
There’s always someone who’s going to
have a nicer car, make more money, or be much
smarter, just as examples.
Ultimately, we should just stop trying to
impress other people, and instead only do
things because it’s what ultimately want
to do!
7 – Just a little bit
A little debt won’t hurt, will it?
That’s how it starts.
Credit card debt game is a game that’s just
not worth playing, and it’s a losing proposition.
There’s something about debt that tempts
you to keep spending even when you can’t afford
the payments.
Part of the allure of debt is the fact that
you can get the emotional high from buying
new things now, without having to deal with
the pain of parting with money.
But anytime you take out a loan or charge
something on your credit card, you’re borrowing
from the money you hope to earn in the future.
Basically, you’re just screwing your future
self.
And we haven’t even gotten to the high-interest
rates!
Let’s say you buy something worth $2,000
on your credit card at 11% interest and only
make the minimum payment.
By the time you completely pay off the debt,
you’ll end up paying more than $3,400, which
is $1,400 more than the actual cost!
That’s just one example.
The only time to use credit cards is to accumulate
airline points or get cash back from your
purchases, AND having the ability to pay off
the debt in full each month.
That way at least it’s almost like getting
paid to spend money on necessary purchases.
Essentially, if you can’t pay cash for something,
that means you can’t afford it!
6 – Left vs Right
We’ve all been there.
We’ve all spent a little too much time going
back and forth with some internet troll whose
sole purpose is to make someone mad.
You’ve most likely spent some amount of time
arguing online with someone you just couldn’t
believe was incapable of accepting the truth.
That may have been because they were susceptible
to something called the backfire effect.
The thing is, we’re not self-aware enough
to realize it could be happening to us as
well!
We have a tendency to believe things even
more when our beliefs are challenged.
The basic idea comes from how we handle negative
information versus positive information.
A thousand positive remarks can slip by unnoticed,
but one phrase of “you suck” can linger in
someone’s head for days.
One hypothesis as to why this and the backfire
effect happens is that someone spends much
more time considering the information they
disagree with than they do with the information
they accept.
But the thing is, no one’s opinion has changed,
no matter how much wasted breaths we’ve
wasted.
We all see things differently, and sometimes,
the truth can be real for both parties.
You guys remember the Yanni or Laurel phenomenon
right?!
Or what about the black and blue dress, or
the white and gold dress?
Those are examples when reality is perceived
differently!
When was the last time we managed to get someone
to change their political belief anyway?
But the real question is, what’s there really
to gain, even IF we managed to change that
person’s belief?!
Arguing online over politics is a game that
no one wins.
5 – AI Taking Over
Back in 1996, IBM’s Deep Blue famously beat
Garry Kasparov at chess, becoming the first
computer to defeat a human world champion.
In another round the same year, IBM’s Deep
Blue chess computer lost to Garry Kasparov.
In the 1997 rematch, following some software
tweaks and ironically, maybe thanks to a very
fateful software bug, Deep Blue won.
Over the next few years, humans and computers
traded blows.
Eventually, by 2005-2006, computer chess programs
were solidly in the lead.
Today’s best chess programs can easily beat
out the world’s best human chess players,
even when they’re run on fairly conventional
hardware – a modern multi-core CPU is just
fine.
As computers began to clearly outstrip human
chess players, there was little point in continuing
to pitch them against each other.
As a result, there are now computer-only chess
leagues, where the top chess programs play
against each other, for all eternity — or
at least until the guy running the league
turns his computer off.
Hey, maybe one day some supercomputer will
be able to solve the game of chess.
We’re not betting on a human to be able
to do that!
4 – Pipe Dream
Most people would think that playing for the
$700 million jackpot is a no brainer.
However, plenty of financial professionals
say it’s never worth it to play the lottery.
Technically, yes, there are times when it’s
a positive expected value situation to play
the lottery.
Even though there’s a lot to be gained, in
general, playing the lottery is still a bad
decision.
Even if it’s positive EV to play, it’s
still really a losing proposition!
Odds depends on which lottery you play, but
hitting a big jackpot are pretty long odds.
For example, the odds of winning a recent
Powerball drawing in Tennessee was 1 in 292.2
million.
To put this in perspective, you have a one
in 2.32 million chance of getting taken out
by lightning, a one in 3.4 million chance
of dying after coming into contact with a
venomous animal or plant, and a one in 10
million chance of getting struck by falling
airplane parts!
Most people would agree the risk of any of
these events actually happening to them is
pretty slim.
Still not convinced?
Let’s put it in a more illustrated way.
If there was a giveaway for a new home to
just one person and everybody in the six most
populated states in the United States entered,
that would equal someone’s chance of winning
the lottery.
Really, for almost everyone except the lucky
few, playing the lottery is just a losing
proposition!
3 – Going Meta
Have you guys ever heard of the The Game?
We’re about to meta on you guys here.
Apparently, everyone is playing The Game,
whether they know it or not!
The Game is a mental game where the objective
is to avoid thinking about The Game itself.
Thinking about The Game means you lose, which
then must be announced.
Does any of this makes sense?
There are 3 rules to The Game.
The first rule is Everybody in the world who
knows about The Game is playing The Game.
A person can’t refuse to play The Game.
Apparently, playing the game doesn’t require
consent to play and non can ever stop playing.
The second rule is Whenever someone thinks
about The Game, that person loses.
And the third rule is, once you lose, losses
have to be announced.
This can be done verbally, with a phrase such
as “I just lost The Game”, or in any other
way, for example, through social media.
Does any of this make sense yet?!
We’re really just amazed that there’s
a game out there where it involves not thinking
about the game.
What’s there to gain by playing or even
acknowledging this game?!
Have any of you guys heard about or played
The game before?!
2 – Rock Paper Scissors
Ahh good old rock paper scissors, the classic
game played to break ties.
Interestingly enough, there’s a robot made
by Japanese researchers that plays rock paper
scissors.
The fact that it can actually play against
human opponents is already enough, however,
it can also win 100% of the time!
There’s no way to win against this robot!
In reality, the robot is kinda cheating.
The robot doesn’t really “win” by the
actual rules of the game.
That’s because the robot wins by watching
and throwing after it sees what you do first,
but it does it fast enough for us not to be
able to tell what’s going on.
There are three strategies that can produce
a 100%-win record, but they all basically
boil down to using a high-speed camera and
human-beating electronic reflexes to identify
the oncoming shape of the opponent’s hand
and then play the corresponding move to beat
it.
Just the angle of the wrist or early movement
of the fingers is enough to give away what
move the human is headed for!
The worst strategy produced a winning move
about 0.02 second after the human’s move,
but in all cases, the robot is technically
waiting to see the opponent’s move before
deciding on its own.
Some people call that cheating, some people
call it superior reflexes!
This is why the robot famously “Never loses.
Ever.”
The game’s already rigged!
1 – Don’t Worry Be Happy
Perseverance and tenacity are only good qualities
when the objective you’re working hard to
achieve is actually attainable.
There’s a lot in life you just can’t change.
It’s nice and inspirational and all to think
one person could actually change the world,
but some things are just bigger than all of
us.
We can definitely make a difference in the
world AROUND us,  that’s not a problem.
We just have to be able to control what we
can control and not worry about anything out
of our control.
The key to dealing with something that’s
causing us stress is like this.
Is there something we can do about it?
If yes, then immediately figure the steps
we need to do to fix the situation, and then
do it.
If we can’t, then there’s no point in
worrying about it!
Creating anxiety from worrying about the outcome
of a situation when there’s nothing we can
do about it just doesn’t make sense!
Here’s what’s next!

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