Statistics vs. Intuition: Which to Trust When Playing Online Casino?

It’s an old question that even the brightest of minds couldn’t seem to provide a definite answer: should people trust their intuition? That is, even if there’s physical data available? Translating it to online casino gambling, should a player rely on his gut feeling when making that make or break decision? In this article, we will take a hard look on whether we should trust cold, hard facts or keep an ear on that stomach-churning intuitive feeling when it comes to winning big in online casinos.

Some questions to ponder:

Intuition: what exactly is it?

It’s basically that vague, back-of-the-mind, unconscious feeling or voice that seems to whisper words like, “go for #17,” “you can never go wrong with an even bet,” or “make that bet double,” etc. A person may recognize the message but could not point out exactly what triggered it.

Are we talking about the “sixth sense?

Definitely not. Winning big in roulette or going home with that huge blackjack pot have nothing to do with this ESP (extra-sensory perception) thing.

Does intuition always leads to good decision-making and can we learn to use it on our own will?

It would be a yes and no at the same time. Roulette, like any game of chance, relies heavily on luck and the events here are all but pure random. Given this fact, a person might be better off calling any number or placing his bets mindlessly on the table. However, a decision that is both meaningful and well thought of brings more confidence on the player in his game, regardless of the outcome.

Needless to say, to use intuition needs a lot of practice. The more time a player spends at the game, the more likely he will develop that kind of sensitivity. Take note though, that intuition is not a gambler’s tool that he can trust 100%.

Enter Facts and Data

People would say outright that research and statistics are superior in almost every aspect of life than this intangible thing called intuition. Studies have shown that companies that base their decisions on data yields 6% more profit than their competitors.

In the same vein, a player could make good use of the available statistics to his advantage when playing online casino. For example, knowing the house edge difference between a European roulette wheel and an American roulette version would certainly give the player better odds against the casino.

Can You Combine the Two?

Methodical decisions are often made after a long deliberation and so much scrutiny while intuitive decisions come up lightning fast. Scientists, however, believe that calculated decisions and intuition may happen simultaneously.

One theory explains that a human brain can quickly pick up stimuli and impulses of a present situation and then compare it to similar events in the past, creating a logical pattern in the process. It will then fire up a relatively sound judgment call. This mental process occurs at insane speed which may explain the rapid heartbeat and an upset stomach. It turns out then that our “gut” decisions are not that random at all. It has basis and it couldn’t be farther from what is at known.

Like any endeavours in life, playing casino online can be a fulfilling experience for you if you know how to combine the details at hand with what you feel at that moment.

We’ll leave you with these wonderful words from Steve Jobs: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So, you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect with your future.”

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