Games of chance are widespread throughout our society. Humans have always sought happiness in gambling. The attraction is in the tension, thrill and enjoyment. Experience or specific knowledge and skills do not allow you to predict how, for example, the dice will fall with a dice game, or how your favourite team’s next ten games will go. If predictions match the outcome, then it is nothing but luck. It is exactly this uncertainty that is the attraction in taking luck to the next level.
Did you know that in the Colosseum in Rome there is evidence that people once bet on the outcomes of fights between gladiators? Stakes were not always necessarily money, but also material assets such as payment in kind. Using assets increases the thrill. The forms of gambling and its motives have continued to develop to the current day. This explains why gambling is so deeply rooted in us humans.
For most of us a responsible approach to gambling is possible. Nevertheless, gambling may turn into a risk factor. Tipico and its franchise partners are paying ever more attention to the subject of responsible gaming when designing and distributing the product. For some people, betting results in an insurmountable urge to gamble even more. The main motivator may often be chasing previous losses and offsetting them by winnings again. Gambling represents an escape from reality, time and space is forgotten. Pleasure hormones, so-called endorphins, are released in the brain. These give rise to the desire to repeat the feeling of pleasure.
However, if gambling becomes an addiction, it has serious consequences, not only for those involved but also their family members. Along with financial difficulties, negative effects include turning away from social contacts. Those concerned become entangled in a tissue of lies and withdraw, as with confrontation, even further into isolation.
Even though entertainment, i.e. the fun in playing, is at the forefront with our products, we do not want to play down the risk that accompanies gambling. The risk of losing control is increased if gambling is used to compensate for other areas of life.
It is even more important that you understand the terms ‘chance’, ‘probability’ and ‘odds’ and are aware of certain myths associated with gambling. Imagine tossing a coin a total of 10 times. The probability of it being heads or tails is 50 percent. Now you have tossed the coin seven times and each time it was heads. The probability of it being tails with the eighth toss should be greater, or is it?
(Answer: No, the probability remains the same with every toss. There is always still a 50:50 chance of it being heads or tails.)