Learn to win at (almost) everything

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Human Beings are terribly predictable in all games. Learn to recognize this hidden behavior and you can win over your opponents all the time. There are things in life that we cannot predict. However, there are definitely ways to master those other seemingly unpredictable things that control much of your life – other humans.

If you understand the quirks of people, you can begin to see meaning in our madness, and use that knowledge to our advantage. Human beings battle to act randomly. If you learn to recognize this behavior and to be more random yourself, you will definitely win at the following games:

Rock, Paper, Scissors
This simple game has been known to aid in decisions in large companies globally. It has become fact that men are most likely to throw the more “macho” choice of a rock – while scissors are least popular with both men and women. For these reasons, you are safest choosing paper – you will either win or draw. Another cunning trick is to say your choice aloud; your opponent will think you are bluffing and therefore choose a less wise option.

Card games
In games like poker, many people do not bluff at random. If caught out, novices may be reluctant to try the same thing twice. More advanced players may bluff two or three times in a row, but after that, most will stop for fear of appearing to follow a pattern.

Tennis serves
Expect the direction of the serve to alternate, especially when playing a novice. To randomize your own serve, you might use the seconds on your watch. From 0-30 seconds, serve on the right; from 30-60 seconds, serve on the left.

The lottery
Lottery draws are random, so it does not matter what other people do, right? Wrong. Thanks to our superstitions and customs, certain numbers tend to be more popular choices than others – meaning that if they come up, the jackpot is shared among more people. On a standard lottery game where you have to choose 6 numbers between 1 and 49, The following numbers will give you a better shot at the full jackpot: 10, 20, 29, 30, 32, 38 39, 40, 41, 42, 48, 49. (Of course, if millions of people read this article, then that advice is moot.)

If all this advice feels a little too simplistic, I refer you to the sage advice of literature’s
great observer, Sherlock Holmes. “The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes,” he says in the Hound of the Baskervilles. It will not ever guarantee success, but a little knowledge of others’ practicabilities can certainly help to stack the cards in your favour.

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