Superstitious Beliefs

While most people are superstitious to a certain extent, the same seems to have become the second nature of the rich and famous. Wearing a rabbits foot around your neck, hanging a horseshoe outside the door, finding a four leaf clover; all are believed to bring good luck to the person. Even worse is the fact that the followers of these beliefs are not just restricted to illiterate people, but also include the likes of doctors, engineers, and teachers, which simply highlights the fact that being literate need not necessarily mean the person is educated.

When it comes to superstitions, things like horseshoes and acorns become much more valuable than you think. Superstitions have rooted themselves firmly in our society, so much so that it is virtually impossible for an individual to ignore them even if he himself doesn’t believe in them. More importantly, the superstitious nature of an individual is not just restricted to luck, but goes well beyond it, in the realms of ghosts, goblins, and witchcraft, as well as pseudosciences, like astrology and traditional medicine.

Even our dreams are given prominence when it comes to superstitious beliefs. The traditional Chinese medicine, which boasts of curing all the ailments you have ever heard of–right from arthritis and cancer to impotency–has a huge market in the West.

Every time you sneeze, someone has to utter ‘god bless’. If a black cat crosses your path, it is said to be a sign of bad luck. The other matches following the ‘good’ match wherein his ‘right foot’ failed to bring him luck were conveniently ignored. It is believed that hanging a horseshoe in the bedroom keeps nightmares at bay. Similarly, a glimpse of a white butterfly on the very first day of the year can ensure a prosperous year for the person. Similarly, it is also believed that an acorn kept at the window can save the house from lightning.

Superstitious beliefs and practices are not restricted to any particular region as such. It wouldn’t be surprising if they start using it to decide the matters of the state tomorrow (or perhaps they already do).

Such beliefs are also rampant in the sporting arena, on the silver screen, and surprisingly, even in the field of medicine. A body without soul, they believed, was vulnerable to evil spirits and saying ‘god bless’ or ‘bless you’ helped keep these evil spirits away.

PS: If you know about any such superstitions that we have missed, we’d be glad to hear from you.

Both, Friday, and the number 13 have always been considered inauspicious and therefore, it isn’t surprising that Friday the 13th strikes dread in the minds and hearts of people across the world. Back in the Middle Ages, black cats were thought of as ‘satanic’ and killed in large numbers.

Animals and death seem to have a strong connection in the world of superstitions. Politicians nowadays resort to astrological predictions to see what’s in store for them. While Africa is (in)famous for its voodoo culture, India has its own customs wherein animals are fed and killed to appease the gods. Having said that, there do exist some things which can reverse the bad luck brought by these superstitions; throwing a pinch of salt over your shoulders being one of them.

As with bad luck superstitions, there are quite a few good luck superstitions as well. In fact, bats, owls, the aye-aye, wolves, and numerous other species have been associated with death since antiquity.. It is our need to be in control of things, or at least feel like we are in control, that makes us believe in these baseless beliefs.

Various organizations across the world are working to eradicate these beliefs and practices. If you can blow out all the candles on your birthday cake in the first attempt, you get whatever you wish for.

These were some of the most common superstitions which continue to be followed religiously in different parts of the world. And if the mirror in the house falls on its own and breaks, it’s a sign of somebody’s death in the house.

Interestingly, a particular action can have two different meanings in different cultures or regions. The soccer player who puts his right foot first every time he steps on the field must have had a good day on the field when he first did it, which, in turn, must have conditioned him to believe that his action brought him luck. If you break a mirror, it is said that you will have seven years of bad luck. Real-life examples of superstitious beliefs in sports include players putting their right foot first when entering the field, wearing a specific-numbered jersey, sitting on a particular seat when traveling in the team bus, and so on.

Most of the superstitious beliefs are typically characterized by lack of logic, and are spread by gullible people. In some cultures, the groom dropping the wedding band during the wedding ceremony is believed to be a sign of bad marital alliance. A bat flying around the house thrice, a bird entering the house, and dogs howling when some family member is sick–all are considered bad omens, which hint at the possible death of some family member. While the superstitions in themselves are not an issue, the fanatic way in which they are followed, definitely is. Superstitions are defined as irrational beliefs which stem from our lack of knowledge or the fear of the unknown. Dreaming about a lizard is a sign of an enemy attempting to harm you, a fish in your dream means someone you know is pregnant, and a butterfly among flowers is a sign of prosperity in the near future.

Walking beneath a ladder is widely believed to bring bad luck to a person; so is gifting a wallet without money in it, lighting three cigarettes with a same matchstick, opening an umbrella indoors, and even whistling according to some people. In China, for instance, left eye twitching is considered to be a good sign, but the same is considered a bad omen in India.

Basically, these beliefs and practices are illogical assumptions based on one particular incident and followed by the gullible. Right from Friday the 13th and eye twitching, to animals and the weather, everything seems to have a superstitious belief associated with it. As with Friday the 13th, almost all the palindrome dates, i.e., the dates like 11/11/11 and 21/02/2012, are also considered unlucky.

Then there are some dos and don’ts which have to be followed if you want to evade bad omen.

You should never turn a loaf of bread upside down after a slice has been cut from it. You should always leave the house from the same door from which you entered. On a similar note, you should leave the bed from the same side from where you entered it. When someone dies in the house, all the windows should be kept open for the soul to leave. Yet another common superstitious belief–perhaps the most popular of the lot–is about breaking a mirror. A common occurrence irrespective of which part of the world you are from. It’s also believed that if you catch a falling leaf on the very first day of autumn can guarantee you an entire year without catching cold. While the exact origin of this practice is unknown, there do exist some theories about the same.

According to one such theory–one of the most interesting theories to be precise–the practice began in the 16th century Europe wherein it was believed that the person’s soul was thrown out of his body when he sneezed. But looking at the extent to which they have been rooted in our society, it’s obvious that it will take a mammoth effort to get rid of them.

The black cat is definitely the most popular animal when it comes to luck. Surprisingly though, there are some people who believe that a black cat brings good fortunes when it walks towards you and similarly, takes it away when it walks away from you

Compulsive Gambling Leaves a Trail of Destruction

Gambling is a disease after all, and you cant blame someone for being sick. This makes gambling a very tough addiction to break, because like food addictions, the gambler is addicted to something they have to use in everyday life – money.

The other part of me resents his obsession with money and being the hot shot while I was growing up. Their low self esteem compels them to live like high rollers – and spend on luxuries when they cant even pay the mortgage. You just get worn out and tired, just really tired.

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. They live their lives in a fantasy world where the next big win is right around the corner. He has no assets. I know that I will eventually have to forgive, right now Im just trying to figure out how to sit in the same room with a parent that I never actually liked or trusted. Gamblers do not think any further ahead than the next bet. This is not something I should have to worry about with people who earned a good living during their work lives. If not for my mothers pension, they would be out on the street.

It’s Never Enough

A man who has spent a lifetime telling other people how to invest for emergencies has ended up penniless.

The other insidious thing about problem gamblers or compulsive gamblers is the pathological lying. Money is what they need to fuel their habit of placing bets, whether it be lotto cards, horse racing or blackjack. We figured it out because my father had tripped himself up by trying to cover his tracks. Ive been talking to a disease for most of my life, not a real father. Its a twisted mindset that allows them to blow everything they have while bills go unpaid. Money enables the gambler to stay in the action, a gambling term for active betting. This is another symptom of the compulsive gambler: Their skewed relationship with money. Any adult child of a compulsive gambler who thinks they will see any type of inheritance is fooling themselves.

How Do They Live With Themselves?

Even though I know it is a disease and he really cant help himself, part of me resents him for not being adult enough to seek help sooner. Part of me wonders how he sat down over breakfast every morning with a woman who has taken care of him for 50 years, while he was robbing her blind. He has no savings, and he is too old to make up for lost time. It was money she was counting on to supplement their income when they reached their eighties. He had money for expensive vacations, expensive jewelry and nice cars, but paying for his kids college education was out of his reach. He never saw any reason to purchase any property or make any sound investments. This inability to plan for the future is another symptom of the disease of compulsive gambling. This was In addition to fudging bank statements so that she didnt know he was siphoning off their other savings account. In order to keep their secret they will lie to anyone, spouses, children, parents, coworkers and friends. They view money as something to play with, almost like Monopoly money.

Gamblers Can Keep on Going…

The insidious thing about gambling is that a gambler who has access to money can literally support their habit for many years without getting caught. The sum total of my fathers income is now a meager Social Security check. My sister and I have struggled for most of our adult lives to build a healthy respect for money. Gamblers will function quite well as long as they have a ready source of cash, such as a family member or income from a business or investments. Money is slowly siphoned from the source until there is nothing left. They spend their lives trying to cover their tracks.

Almost as Bad as the Gambling…the Lying

When we uncovered my fathers gambling addiction, the devastation to my family unit was irreparable. In the blink of an eye, more than half was gone. If it had not been for my quick thinking, they would have lost everything. I also resent all the money that my grandparents left being swallowed up by his disease. How does someone live with themselves?

Some gamblers do experience big payoffs, but the money is quickly spent on placing more, and bigger bets. Deep down they hate themselves for their habit, but like children, they are unwilling to come clean.

Forgiveness Comes…Eventually

My fathers inability to own up to his destructive behavior is a big reason for my current unwillingness to speak to him. He was a fairly successful insurance man with 50 years in the business, yet when the true extent of his addiction came to light last year, we were dumbfounded. As an adult child I also am suddenly worried about having to support my parents at some point. By that time, the damage is done and it is usually irreversible.

They Usually End Up Penniless

My father has reached his seventies without saving a penny. It has been almost a year since the truth was revealed, and I am still angry at the waste and the bleak future my parents face as their fixed income slowly becomes inadequate to meet their needs as they get older. Weve both finally reached a place of sanity and serenity in our own lives.

It’s Exhausting For the Family

Gam-Anon and other organizations preach forgiveness above all else. As it turned out, my father had helped himself to an annuity my mother had religiously contributed to every month for 25 years during the course of her teaching career. His weird relationship with money was passed on to his kids. Any financial relief is out of reach because no matter how much money a gambler can get their hands on, it is never enough to satisfy their insatiable craving for betting.

It’s Not Just The Betting

A gamblers true addiction is money. They make financial decisions based on how much money they can hoard for gambling. He was never generous with money, even though he always had a wad of bills in his pocket. As most adult children of any kind of addict know, its not that you actually hate them – thats too toxic to carry around

A Few Las Vegas Travel Tips To Have Fun

You will find my eating habits in Las Vegas to be unique. The Sams Town Seafood buffet is held on Fridays and s truly awesome. I love flying into Las Vegas to spend a week or 2. It does not matter whether I land in Vegas at night or early morning, my feeling is the same. That would leave a bad taste in my mouth.

If you are in the majority and actually make it out of McCarran Airport with some money then you will be in for a treat. I like all of the buffets but I will usually hit cheapest buffets I can find simply so I can get my moneys worth. Now I am not a good golfer, in fact I suck at it, but I do work up a good sweat doing it. I normally get to visit Las Vegas in the summertime when it is hot and the cheapest times and the least busy times is to golf in middle of the day when it is over 100 degrees. It is an amazing town with a lot to do in it. My favorite buffet is the Seafood Buffet at Sams Town Hotel and Casino. Yes there are slot machines and video poker machines at McCarran Airport International airport but the payouts are not as good. You do have to pay for each game, but you are a guaranteed winner because playing classic pinball machines is truly awesome.

To burn off all the excess calories I eat while in Las Vegas I like to hit up and do some calorie burning exercises, and no the calorie burning exercising is not the skanky women wandering down around Fremont. I get giddy when I visit.

When it comes to buffets you are going to be in luck. Street photographers find Las Vegas to be one of the best places in the United States to do street photography, second only to New York City. It has been said that there have been many people who have flown into McCarran Airport for a weekend in Las-Vegas and then lost all of their money gambling on slot machines at the airport so they had to spend their weekend in the airport because they had no money. If you are just passing some time then go ahead and play a few bucks but play conservatively. There is definitely all of the normal things such as drinking, gambling, and pickling up adult pamphlets but the town of Las Vegas has numerous thing to do that are not related to gambling. There are numerous calorie burning exercises that I participate in but the most fun is golfing.

If you go to Las Vegas make sure you take a camera. You might even find your favorite pinball machine that you used to play as a kid in the 80s. If you want to eat then go ahead and do it. These funny women offered to turn a trick but they sure didnt look like a magician to me. In Las Vegas you can find cheap Vegas buffers as well as the top 2013 Las Vegas buffets. Say horse snockey. I will then skip lunch and starve myself until dinner time comes and then I pig out at a cheap buffet.

One of the things you definitely do not want to do is to gamble heavily at the airport. If you were to travel to Vegas with me you would find me eating Shrimp Cocktail and Crab Cocktail and the Golden Gate Hotel for breakfast and sometimes a hotdog also. You will find all sorts of classic pinball machines. I do not get sick because the food is bad but I instead get sick because the food is so good. One of my favorite non-related gambling activities (besides the buffets) is the pinball museum.

I also will hit up some of the more expensive buffets. There are so many things to take pictures of including the historical casinos, the pinball museum, the Fremont Street Experience, and the people. Go ahead and laugh at me sweating while I play golf but you dont know why yet. I get sick every time I go to the Friday night buffet. For those who are unfamiliar, McCarran Airport is the airport in Las Vegas. The top 2013 Las Vegas buffets will cost more than the cheap Vegas buffets but you will often get higher quality food, although this is not always the case.. Of course I bring plenty of Gatorade to drink and I definitely rent the cart to drive also.

Yes! It even has a pinball museum that hold sine of the largest if not the largest collection of pinball machines in the World. In order to get the best shots for your street photography endeavors then you need to get off the Strip and head down to the Las Vegas Downtown area and snap pictures of the crowds on a weekend at the Fremont Street experience.

Many people try to shy away from the buffets because they do not want to overeat. The food is so good and so plentiful that I will back away about a million calories and then wobble out of there.

One of the things that gets me very excited is when the plane I am flying on begins its descent into McCarran Airport

Roulette System To Improve Your Odds And Win More

This system has been tried and tested on numerous occasions on internet casino roulette and roulette betting terminals with fantastic results (see Roulette is no exception. After holding onto these secrets and amassing a private fortune over the past 16 years, he finally decided it was time to come out and share some of his knowledge with the world. He’s flown under the radar for virtually his entire adult life, beating the casinos and stockpiling his winnings. If you place equal bets on Red and Black every spin you will never lose any money, except for when 0 is drawn. Please see for the latest winning tips and strategies.

This article was posted on December 07, 2005 . There are four simple steps required to use this system, which I will be revealing in a future article. When you keep betting Red and Black you will keep winning on color bets (even though you break even because you have bet on both Red and Black), but the computer registers a winning color bet every time so therefore we have discovered that that the color Green 0 starts to be drawn a lot more to combat the constant wins on Red and Black. Here is an introduction to one of those systems.

What Does This Mean?

The random program installed into machines has number allocated occurrence probability. Unlike real table roulette in a casino where a number is never guaranteed to be drawn, computer generated roulette has to provide a balance of numbers ensuring over a large total of spins each number would have been drawn a similar amount of times (within a few percent), this few percent is called the ‘realistic waiver’ which is supposed to add realism to computer generated roulette.

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Well firstly it ensures a fair number allocation and obviously if youre chasing a set number you know it will eventually come in. The random program installed into these systems which distributes the numbers is only random within its probability quota.

Yes it’s true: Ellison Mansfield has made a career out of gambling. The System also relies on target structure so that substantial profits can be made and continued.

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Roulette System To Improve Your Odds And Win More

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If you’ve read any of my articles before, you know I always emphasize the fact that there are many viable systems for any type of gambling. However this is not enough to invest money in chasing set numbers; however it compliments our FORCE THE ZERO system.

The method is based on an electronic failure on a random computer program installed into internet and electronic terminals. This means that every number is given a 1/37 chance of being drawn (0 & 18 Red 18 Black). Until next time, I hope this information has got you salivating for roulette wins at your favorite casino!

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This system is very simple, bear in mind the above explanation of number allocations. However it may not come in for 70 – 80 spins but then you will find it may come in 2-3 times within 10 spins. However we have discovered a unique factor. While admittedly one of the more difficult games to gain an edge in, I have found a few systems that really do make a difference. Therefore bets on Green 0, Red and Black with a bet placement structure provide the basis of our system

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Acne control usually takes the form of topical application products containing benzoyl peroxide. This especially applies to foundation creams, the longest lasting of which are generally oil-based (or oleaginous). A dermatologist may prescribe oral antibiotics such as doxycycline, tetracycline and monocycline to counter these symptoms. It normally occurs during puberty. It is not wise to use these. It is best to consult a dermatologist for this.

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Where to Turn When Gambling Debt Gets Out of Hand

Most Medicine Hat bankruptcy lawyers will provide free consultations and let you know whether or not bankruptcy is a good option for you or not.

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Professional Help for Gambling Debt

There are many gambling support groups, including Gamblers Anonymous and Recoveries Anonymous. If you are threatened by a loan shark or other lender or otherwise feel harassed, its important to call the police. While you dont lose everything in a bankruptcy, you could potentially lose your home (or at least a significant portion of the equity), your vehicles, and other possessions, depending on the Province in which you reside. .

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A debt consolidation company can also work on your behalf to negotiate lower rates with creditors or to freeze interest rates. Once you overcome your compulsive gambling, you will be better prepared to take control of your finances. Its important to weigh the pros and cons of debt consolidation before opting for it. This is different from a debt consolidation loan because the debt consolidation company does not loan you money. Debt consolidation is a way to combine your debt into one monthly payment as opposed to multiple payments each month. Steer clear of any organization that requires large fees or asks you to make your debt payments to them.

If you are experiencing a number of financial warning signs, or if you no longer have money left over each month to pay the bills, your debt may truly be out of hand.

Its also important to note that some gamblers incur gambling debts from disreputable lenders or loan sharks. Stop by Bromwich & Smith, Inc.s site where you can explore their educational resources.

Regardless of where you turn to help you with your gambling debt, whether you opt to manage it yourself or go to a professional organization for assistance, its important to get help for the root cause of the problemthe gambling itself.

Credit counseling organizations, such as Credit Counseling Canada, work with people who are in debt to help educate them in paying down their debts and managing their finances. If you opt for credit counseling, make sure you go with an organization that is accredited and non-for-profit. In this case, a number of resources exist to help you handle your gambling debt:

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This should be the very last resort.

Learn how Bankruptcy Trustee can help you today with filing bankruptcy in Calgary. When you file bankruptcy, you agree to give up the majority of your assets to a trustee assigned to your case, who is turn sells them to settle your gambling debts. With this method, you take out one loan, which is used to pay off your debts. Often, under-the-table lending is not covered under bankruptcy laws and is frequently coupled with very high interest rates. They then arrange for you to pay them one monthly payment and distribute it to your debtors accordingly. In addition, support groups can also guide you to reputable outside sources, including debt consolidation or debt counseling companies, which can also help you with your financial planning. From there, you make one payment each month. Not only do these groups help support their members through gambling recovery, but they also provide counseling and tips for getting debt under control

What Is Financial Spread Betting, And Why Should I Be Interested?

Let’s say that the bookie offers a spread bet of five points. Clearly the bookies would find that very few people would bet on the little local team, making the betting system very uneven, and offering very miserly odds which wouldn’t make anyone very much cash.

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It’s a little like that in financial spread betting, because you can still win big profits even when the financial markets are going down. Therefore it carries a big risk, and isn’t for the fainthearted.

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So the final score comes in and the premiership team score 9 and the local team scores 5. But in order to understand what financial spread betting companies are offering, it is worth being aware of what spread betting is, in a simpler to understand case study.

Let’s imagine that a premiership football team are taking on a little known local football team. You can also choose to spread bet over a short period of time, or over longer periods, and you can even choose to end your bet early if things look good but you suspect they’re about to turn around.

What spread betting companies allow you to do is to trade, not just on the fact that stocks or shares will rise, but on how much they will change, regardless of the direction. Spread betting evens up the odds a good deal by offering people the chance not to bet on who will win, but on what the difference will be between the scores. This means that you can either bet on the premiership team beating the local team by five or more goals, or on the local team losing by less than five goals.

This also means that there are huge tax benefits to be enjoyed, because you are not buying the underlying assets there is no Capital Gains Tax to worry about, and no Stamp Duty, making it a tax free way to make significant financial gains quickly. By betting a certain amount of money per point difference you can then make a significant return if you decided to bet above or below the markets current value. This also means that you don’t actually have to own anything. For those who bet on the local team team, the spread of 5 points added to their score of 5 makes a total of 10, which beats the premiership team’s score, which means that even though you may have bet on the team which lost, by using spread betting you still win.

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First of all, it is important to be aware that whilst they share certain characteristics and principles, spread betting and financial spread betting are two different things. However, there is a word of warning which all reputable financial spread betting companies should make clear, and that is that with a spread bet it is possible to lose more than your initial stake. With spread betting you don’t actually own any commodities or securities such as stocks or shares you are betting on the change in the market, not on the market itself.

Online Blackjack – free article courtesy of

Yes, you can take some time off from work and travel out to Vegas to play or one of the many smaller casinos scattered around the country. Online blackjack is one of the most popular games so there is always the chance of winning big! . You can see how its played, play, and interact with other players. You can play big and win big and feel safe doing so. Here are two great sites to start your search. Yes, you can play your favorite casino game right from the comfort of you home or maybe even at the office when the boss isnt looking! Online blackjack is just as fun and challenging and gives you the same rush as the real version. At each of these sites, you can read the rules, get the information on how to play the game if youre new, and even preview online blackjack. Online blackjack, as well as other games, is safe. In fact, these locations are some of the safest on the Internet. The first is: and the other is Finding an online blackjack table is simple. You can be confident that you wont be taken advantage of and that your money is secure. Online blackjack is at your fingertips this very moment!

Are you ready to start your game of online blackjack? Are you ready to win it big at online blackjack? Are you just curious as to how it works and what the odds are? Then, take a minute and check out those websites and see just what online blackjack is all about!

Online blackjack is everywhere. Or, you can simply play online blackjack. There are online gambling sites just about everywhere you look. With that said, you may also want to increase your odds by downloading the free e book, Secrets to online casinos: How you can even the odds and beat the casinos which is available at

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Playing The Odds In Life

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In the last round of betting, you have three kings. No one can understand better than you what you value and how you value it, or even how capable you are in a given area. Life, after all, is all about making decisions, and we need some guide for making better ones.

Using Probabilitism

Throw Away The Numbers

The most common explicit guide to decision making is morality. In terms of making money next year, the odds are much better with the job of course, and people know that. How can you use this then?. The odds of being a successful writer are far lower, and you think you could be satisfied with either career, so you figure the probability of being happy as a lawyer is slightly better.

Let’s consider this from another perspective, that of a man who would be far happier succeeding as a movie star than in business. This is what we already do intuitively. You also need to take into account the “bet” or investment (time, stress, reputation, money, work) and the amount of the reward or “pot” (profits, pleasure, ability to help others, peace of mind, satisfaction,). You expect a pot of $250, which you multiply by the probability of winning (.2, also expressed as 20% or 1-in-5), to arrive at $50. The probability of success in the restaurant business may be 15% in general, for example, but you may be so committed and prepared that you have a 85% probability of succeeding. If, for whatever reason, the odds of him being a star are low enough, and he could be content inheriting his father’s business, choosing the latter would be the right decision. The reward or “pot” in this case, is potentially much higher in the case of being a novelist. To be a lawyer, you would have to go through years of schooling that you don’t enjoy, and work hard to pay for it, but you enjoy the work of writing, and can start with very little money.

Now you look at each possible choice. You also need to take into account the amount you’ll win and the amount you’ll bet. You must be the one to decide what “numbers” to plug into a formula like this.

You can keep the basic idea in mind as you make decisions, and let your intuition operate according to its guiding principle. Researching the two professions you discover that the average novelist makes just $3,000 per year, while as a lawyer you are virtually guaranteed a decent living. If you bet with bad investment odds (below 1), you’ll eventually lose money. Your investment odds are above 1 (above 100% return according to the odds), meaning this is a good bet, the kind you’ll win with over time. To make this an explicit ideology for making decisions in life, we need to understand the idea of “investment odds,” a term used by poker players.

The “numbers” in such “life calculations” as these are guesses, and not even very educated ones, so probabilitism isn’t ready to be a systematic tool for decision making. Now to apply this to life decisions.

Actually, you have to go beyond the odds of winning the hand, which are merely “event-odds.” The odds of a specific event occurring (your hand winning) aren’t enough information. We all do this intuitively already. The chance of success is lower, but if you do succeed, you’ll have much more satisfaction n your life. You might see that the highest possible level of life-satisfaction is of primary importance. The bet is $40 to you. This amount divided by your expected $40 bet equals 1.25. But some choose to go for the business route anyhow, because even if it requires failing several times, the potential “jackpot” is far larger, both in terms of money and personal satisfaction and freedom. In the rest of life there are many goals and values, so you have to recognize the most important one in this case. For example, when a man isn’t sure whether to start a business or keep his job, his intuition may at some point urge him to go for the business, because it has a higher probability of rewarding him according to what he values. Here is the exact formula: [(Expected size of pot)(Probability of winning)] / (Your total bet from this point on).

Your Investment Odds

The idea, then, is to play the odds, but not just the odds of success. Essentially, this is the idea of investment odds operating at an intuitive or unconscious level.

Is it better for you to be a lawyer or a novelist? Can you make this decision rationally? In poker there is one clear goal – making money. Should you stay?

This isn’t enough information, however, because you haven’t taken into account your investment odds. Money will help with that, but it is a lesser goal, and only important to the extent to which it helps promote the primary goal.

From that intuitive part of the process, probabilitism extracts the general idea of making choices based on the probabilities of them giving us the most of what we value. This premise is sound, but our knowledge just isn’t up to task of identifying the true odds or the true value of things when it comes to an individual life and the decisions in it. With these many possible options, we have just the usual guides to decision and action, which include feelings, advice from others, and our general intuition about which choices are better.

Naturally, these various factors, from how much you enjoy the process, to how probable success is, are individual. You estimate that you have a 1-in-5 probability of winning if you stay to the end. However, this only eliminates some choices, leaving us with a sub-set of acceptable ones. Many people, for example, face a decision like whether to go get a job or to start a business. Your investment is also lower. Probabilitism makes it a more conscious and hopefully more effective process.

Author’s Bio:

Copyright Steve Gillman. It seems likely that many lives have been diminished by chasing after low-probability dreams when high-probability alternatives with a decent reward were there for the choosing.

Probabilitism? I just invented the word to describe an ideology of living life according to the odds, or more specifically, making decisions according to them

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The Gold Spike Hotel and Casino has some lower limit tables such as $2.00 Blackjack. On a Sunday when there are only a few cars in there you can drive your car to the top. The Palms Casino and Resort has been the site of many TV shows. It is by the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino. Slots-A-Fun Casino has many low limit table games including $1.00 blackjack. Fremont Street. If you want a tattoo they have a shop inside.

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The Gold Spike Hotel and Casino is located in my favorite part of Las Vegas. The first is the shape of the building. What other gaming property in Las Vegas can offer you a Slurpee? The fact that I can play video poker with bad odds and drink blue colored Slurpee’s all day makes the 7-11 convenience stores an awesome Las Vegas gaming property.. I did once when it was 108 degrees and the soles on my shoes were soft from the hot asphalt and concrete literally melting my shoe soles away.

Palms Casino and Resort

The New York New York Hotel and Casino was considered a truly amazing architecture and styling casino when it was first opened. The rich and famous come to the Palms Casino and Resort to be seen by the middle class tourists. Regardless of your budget you can find somewhere fun and unique to gamble while visiting Las Vegas.

In 2007 they replace most of the Egyptian themed items and decorations. The appearance is drastically different,. The Luxor Hotel and Casino has changed from an Egyptian theme to a corporate owned casino filled with gimmicky adverting. The Luxor Hotel and Casino of today appears much different then the magnificent building that was originally there. Downtown Las Vegas is much funner and generally cheaper then staying on the Vegas Strip. If it is not a slow night then do not even bother to show up to the Slots-A-Fun Casino.

Gold Spike Hotel and Casino

Regardless of where you want to gamble in Las Vegas you can always find something cool, tacky, common, rare, expensive, cheap, or even dirt cheap. Do not attend the Slots-A-Fun Casino on a weekend or any other time the place is busy. I assume the inside of the Palms Casino and Resort is just as beautiful. Many people now days consider the New York New York Hotel and Casino to be slightly on the tacky side. You may have seen the Palms Casino and Resort on television. The roller coaster is fun…to watch. It is modeled after the gr

eat pyramids of Egypt. It is a popular spot for amateur photographers to snap a world class picture. The Gold Spike Hotel and Casino also has a sports book inside called “Leroy’s Sports book”.

There are many casinos in Las Vegas Nevada. The Luxor Hotel and Casino is really cool for two reasons. The 7-11 stores are not considered a casino to most people. When the Slots-A-Fun Casino is empty of locals and tourists then it is a very fun place to gamble in Las Vegas. (readers or lookers?) The show is adult oriented so don’t take Paul “Pee Wee” Reubens with you.

New York New York Hotel and Casino

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The Slots-A-Fun Casino is located on The Las Vegas Strip. During peak nights the Slots-A-Fun Casino is packed with people wanting to play low limit games. I wonder when Britney plays blackjack and wants another card if she tells the Blackjack dealer “Hit Me Baby One More Time.” After all of Britney’s kids I think she was hit again.

The Palms Casino and Resort is where the middle class come to see the rich and famous. If you choose to stay at the Gold Spike Hotel and Casino during you vacation to Las Vegas you will be well rewarded with your choice of location. The parking garage at the New York New York Hotel and Casino is my favorite ride. If it is summertime and over 100 degrees I highly suggest you do not walk the strip.

Slots-A-Fun Casino

At night time the Palms Casino and Resort is an absolutely gorgeous building. You can also walk if you are not lazy. If you do want to see the Strip you are a very short bus ride away. I have never been inside the Palms Casino and Resort except for when I see this Vegas Hotel on television.

Luxor Hotel and Casino

I am a huge fan of the downtown Vegas properties but this strip property make my list. If the Aliensever come to play poker they will probably come to the Luxor Hoteland Casino.

While visiting the Luxor Hotel and Casino make sure you get tickets to the show starring Angelica Bridges. I wish they would have kept the Egyptian theme at the Luxor Hotel and Casino. You are right down by the Fremont Light Show and all of the casinos and sites located in the downtown area of historic Las Vegas. Angelica Bridges starred on Baywatch and is also a favorite of Playboy readers. When you are speeding up to the top layer it looks and feels like you are flying of the edge of the building onto the roller coaster. The otherreason the Luxor Hotel and Casino is so cool is because of the hugelight beaming out from the top of the Luxor into space. $2.00 Blackjack is only available occasionally. At least they have not changed the sweet shape f the pyramid.

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