This game can be so frustrating…it just makes me…it just makes
me…it just makes me…want to SCREAM!
Gambling can be fun
with the likes of
Unibet. Sometimes it feels as if
there is a facial puppeteer pulling the sides of your mouth into a
stupid pose. It’s called a smile and casinos have them by the bucket
load. But it can also be so infuriating, annoying and downright
belligerent. Everyone has a bad beat to tell. The moment that is so
nearly went so right, only to end up so wrong. Luckily, the members
of the gambling fraternity are never alone. No matter how dark it
may get, there is always a Samaritan eagerly awaiting to exchange
bad beat stories.
All bad beat stories
have one common denominator – the near miss. In poker, it’s normally
the draw that is missed or the one outer that arrived on
fifth-street like a needle through the retina. In horse racing it is
the fallen jockey in a one horse race. In roulette it is always the
well next door. Why does the dealer never bust in Blackjack? Why am
I always just one number away from the jackpot on the lottery?
So why is the bad beat
so compelling for us?
It is to do with the
way that we interpret the information that is fed into our brains
during the gambling experience. We experience a near miss as an
incredibly frustrating loss instead of an exciting near victory. We
choose anguish instead of celebration. We cry instead of patting
ourselves on the back. It is this self-creating sense of frustration
that becomes the bad beat.
It is also quite
damaging for us to think this way. The way our thought process works
is the commencement of addiction. It drives us to spin again, to
draw one more card or to make one last bet.