I believe luck is less about winning and more about limiting losses. Winning games is not all that difficult if one is willing to pay the price in unequal losses. Luck is a term relating to a single game or session while skill is based on the results of 100K hands played.
Luck is scientific proven, Ways to improve your luck are
Maximize opportunities - If you are staying away from things, afraid to take chances, then the chance of something good is less likely to happen.
If you lock yourself in your house, how many exciting, serendipitous things are going to happen to you? Not many.
Listen to hunches - Your body is equipped with many built in censors that activate when possibility’s (good or bad) get closer. Lucky people act on their intuitions across many areas of their lives. Intuition isn’t magic. Research has shown it’s often valid. “What intuition seems to be most of the time is when you’ve got expertise in the area, that somehow the body and the brain have detected a pattern that you haven’t consciously seen” Richard Wiseman professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire.
Expect good fortune - positive people vs. negative people, shows that optimism can help improve luck, where pessimism can decrease luck, And that optimism gives lucky people more “grit.” When you think things will work out, you persevere. And when you’re resilient, you give possibilities more time to work out in your favor. Turns out that while pessimists do see the world more accurately, optimists are more likely to be lucky because those delusions push them toward opportunities.
Turn bad luck into good - Lucky people see the positive side of their bad luck
Lucky people are convinced that any ill fortune in their lives will, in the long run, work out for the best.
Lucky people do not dwell on their ill fortune.
Lucky people take constructive steps to prevent more bad luck in the future.
SO :To Sum it Up Maybe we all CAN have the same amount of luck possibilities, but it is how we apply it that WILL make the difference!
Interesting post juice. Of course, “…optimism can help improve luck” is at odds with the idea of sub-conscience pattern recognition.
The simple fact is that your expectations can alter reality. This is very well known in the field of quantum physics, where experimenters are forced to take great pains to design experiments that minimize this effect. They don’t begin to understand how this happens, but they know it does.
In the lab, the effect is slight but statistically meaningful. I believe this is because the experimenters don’t have a strong emotional attachment to the outcomes. Emotion is the fuel that drives these effects.
If you know you will lose to that river flush card, you will lose more often. If you really really believe you will hit the card you need, you will hit it more often. As long as you have an emotional tie to the outcome, you can influence the action a little.
Now you might think, “The cards are already shuffled and in a specific order, there’s no way to influence it after the fact.” You would be wrong. It is possible for your expectations to go back in time and influence the outcome of the present. Physicists call this “retro-causality.” Mind blowing? Yes, of course, but verified in experiment after experiment.
Anyway, keep a positive attitude and expect a good result and you will get one more often.
PS: Anyone interested in this can look for Wheeler’s delayed choice variation of the two slit experiment, which started this ball rolling. Science has been trying very hard to prove him wrong for more than 40 years. So far, all they have done is confirm his hypothesis.
I don’t want to hijack the luck thread Juice, but I’ll try to find some of the studies that got me thinking in this direction.
One of the studies was of new mothers, who would begin lactating when their babies were hungry, even though they were miles apart physically. Almost all of these mothers showed this behavior, and this suggests that the emotional connection was imnportant there…
Another was of dogs, who would go sit near the door 15 minutes before their owner came home. Over 70% of all dogs studied showed this behavior. This one was controlled to eliminate “pattern” type influences. For example, they used a random taxi and came home at random times. In all cases, the dog went to the door as soon as the owner intended to come home.
Another was a recent study done in Mexico. They had the “sender” and “receiver” spend some time together meditating with the intention of linking minds. The sender watched a monitor and his brain waves were monitored. The receiver was in a faraday cage some distance away, and the graphs of their brain activity were almost identical. When the sender saw an image, his reaction was reflected to a spooky degree.
I often “feel” cards hitting other players. They react emotionally, I pick up on it. Not always, but way more than you would believe. This has nothing to do with pattern recognition.
They also studied cats, who displayed the same behavior, but to a lesser extent. I think it was something like 30% of the cats did it. I would guess that all cats know you’re coming home, but fewer care, cats being cats and all.
They also talked to many veterinarians, who said they no longer make appointments for cats. Seems the cats know and go hide, so they had too many cancelled appointments. Strange stuff, but there it is.
I often have the same experience. When I listen to my intuition, rather than think too hard, I am right more often than not. The hard part is learning to pick up on those feelings and trust them enough to act on them. I’ve folded some great hands, that would have gotten me in trouble (had I played), but in the end, I was right to fold. On the other hand, sometimes I “know” my hand is the winning one, as long as I stay until the end. I don’t know why, but some days I pick up on these feelings a lot more than others.