The games in casinos for skill like poker, blackjack or video poker the "luck" factor will even out as you reach the theoretical result referred to as the long run. Many wonder what constitutes the long run anyway. Is it a million hands or two? There really is no specific answer. Some casual players may never play enough hands in a lifetime to achieve long term results.
This doesn't mean that you don't need to learn the proper strategy for these games. The knowledge to play proper strategy to the best of your ability will help you move toward the positive end of the spectrum. Just believing in luck is not enough to improve your chances.
My friend Al is a serious blackjack player. His world revolves around the mathematics of the game. He thinks that luck is a four-letter word that should not be used in polite company. When he has a bad day at the table he refers to it as a negative fluctuation and a good day is a positive one. My friend Jack is a poker player who believes that even a bad player can get "lucky" from time to time. During one of their discussions they asked my opinion about luck.
I believe that luck determines the way the cards are dealt and knowledge determines how you play them for the best results. The ebb and flow of positive and negative fluctuation is luck. The positive end of the spectrum is good luck and the negative end is bad luck.
In the short term Luck will be a big factor in determining whether you win or lose. This is true of games that have positive expectations as well as games with a high house edge. If you are playing games like slots or Roulette with high house edge luck will be the only way to win. In the long run you will lose at these games.
The casino will see the long term because they are open 24/7 and the math will equal out for them. But if you are only an occasional visitor to the casino it is possible to have some sort-term casino game of lucky winners. This is the reason that people go back to the casinos.
If the outcome of each visit were based strictly on math you would never win because there would be no deviation from the long-term results. If this happened no one would play. If you knew you would lose five cents on the dollar every time you bet a number in roulette or pulled the handle on the slot machine it would be pretty silly to just hand over money.
Luck determines the cards you are dealt. Knowledge and skill determines how you play them. A lucky person finds a way to use his abilities to come out ahead. This is true in internet casino games of luck and is also a factor in the game of life.
Some players will try to attract good fortune before they leave for the casino. A number of players told me that they have lucky clothing or jewelry that they will always wear to the casino. Debbie told me about a lucky meal she prepares. “Several times when we went on gambling trips, we had a ranch style casserole on the night before and we won pretty big on the trip. So now my husband insists that on the night before every trip we have to have this dish.
Many players like to check their horoscopes or biorhythms before they start their trip. I don’t know about you but I have never see a horoscope that read, “Today is your unlucky day. Stay away from the casino!”