Gambling Odds:How They Work
As you watch your last nickel fall into that slot machine or throw away that lottery ticket that didn’t match (again), you probably wonder exactly how gambling odds work. Well, depending on the game played, there are different principles.
Gambling odds work by taking into consideration the amount bet vs. amount won. In other words, if you bet $5 and the odds are two-to-one, you will receive $10 if you win.
If only the example given in #1 was that easy. Gambling odds are always slanted against the house, or whoever is in charge of the game(s) being played.
Gambling odds work a little different in casinos. They have something called “vigorish," vig for short. This is an advantage that works on the principle of paying off on certain “sure” bets.
Gambling odds work by being less if you are playing in a casino or other smaller venue, because you are only betting against the house and/or a few others. They are worse with horse racing, however, because you are betting against everyone present. The lottery has the worst odds because of the sheer number of people who play.
Last but not least, gambling odds work by making you think you have a chance of winning. Sometimes you do have a chance and you win; most of the time, though, you don’t.
The most important rule with gambling or betting of any sort is to realize no matter what the odds are, you have to stay within your means. Whether you're playing cards or betting on sports, have a set budget and stick to it.