Gambling is as old as humanity has been in existence and so has the drive to come up with systems to beat the game. Players designed various ways to cheat as well as working on legitimate strategies and tactics for winning from the very first time that the first cards were dealt out or the first dice were thrown. If we look at the situation with clarity and scientific rational it is easy to see that an honest random game can’t be beaten, but the systems of cheating or of at least tipping the odds in your favor can be quite effective. These systems can produce positive results that are far beyond what would be normally expected.
More often than not the systems that are developed are used to defend the player from unreasonable
loss or to maneuver them into a more favorable position within the context of the game with regard to the long term play. The most effective systems that were developed to win seemed to be geared to games in which skill played a greater part rather than chance in determining the outcome. Games like live poker and blackjack (as opposed to a slots machine where all you can do is hit a button), and to a lesser degree sports and horse race betting. Games where a full knowledge of the mathematics of chance, of the odds of the desired outcome within the context of the game are within the player’s ability to predict with some degree of certainty. In poker or blackjack knowing the odds that certain cards will turn up at a particular moment can give a player a huge edge. Balance that knowledge with people reading skills and the study of human behaviors and the chances of a win go up exponentially.
Yes, these systems are not just about mathematics, statistics and odds calculations, one of the most important elements of systems to gain an advantage is the ability to read the intentions of the other players. That is, observing their “tells,” or behaviors that might indicate to the observer the strength of their hands. And probably one of the single greatest skills that any player can bring to the table is the ability to have a clear head by not mixing alcohol and playing. Then there is cultivating solid critical thinking skills as well as a firm understanding of how your own emotions interact with your game play. That is to say understanding what are your triggers for extremes of emotion if the game play is no longer favoring you.
And with the advent of the internet and the explosion of internet casinos players now have access to game, tournament and player histories and statistics. Not to mention various slick pieces of software that allow you to analyze a situation happening in the middle of a game as it happens.