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Broadcast: 7th August, 2016
Last update: 12th August, 2016
Published: 12th August, 2016
- Read the feedback, notes from the last show
- Begin recording
- Introduction and description of the podcast, goals, modus operandi.
- What An investigation of everything from a British perspective by two brothers (who consider themselves to be relatively normal chaps), one topic at a time.
- Who Geoffrey Campos (engineer and devil’s advocate),
Benjamin de-Campos (designer and believer).
- How Choose a topic of interest, spend a little time researching it, have a discussion then publish the notes - which are available on the site to read along!
- Why The main benefits are the fostering of a greater understanding of the world before we die and hopefully, to prompt further thought and discussion from our listeners.
- The topic we will be discussing in this episode is Gambling
Probability theory is only really fun when money is involved. From a whimsical flutter on the outcome of mechanical race horses at the arcade to shorting airlines to slapping down a barber pole at a top carpet joint - nothing gets the brain opioids pumping like the glamourised institution that is gambling. We all want to be publicly validated for being right, lucky, blessed, smart or right. The rush of winning big when backing the underdog, the agony when your dead cert team fumbled the ball and cost you the lot, ten million pounds on the EuroMillions lottery going to a syndicate of twenty neighbours of yours, your last ten quid in change gone in three minutes on your favourite one arm bandit only to hear pound coins pumped into the winnings tray when your back is turned at the change cashier. The chance to fill your boots, to corral some well deserved karma, to pull back a little lady luck in times gone sour. Gambling is entertainingly additive. How does it work and what does it want?
What we’re not talking about
Each bullet is a talking point. Sub-bullets are topics that may or may not be covered. Usage: Read the bullet and sub-bullets then talk about some or all sub-bullets.
- History - it goes way, way back. Jesus kicked over the gaming tables in the temple.
- How ‘odds’ work
- Not many people fully grasp probability theory
- The pools. Remember that?
- Major events
- National Lottery
- Scratch cards or ‘waste-a-pounds’
- It’s the kind of thing where you could claim the bible says anything you want it to say about gambling, this website has some interesting things to say about it:
- Mark 8:36 “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
- (Koran) 5:90 O you who have believed, indeed, intoxicants, gambling, [sacrificing on] stone alters [to other than Allah ], and divining arrows are but defilement from the work of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful.
- Casino’s are boring
- One arm bandits are boring
- ‘Problem gambling’ or ‘ludomania’
- According to the NHS, There may be as many as 593,000 problem gamblers in Great Britain.
- The same as drugs even down to things like: Needs to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement
- fMRI, a neuroimaging technique. And according to Hans Breiter, co-director of the Motivation and Emotion Neuroscience Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, "monetary reward in a gambling-like experiment produces brain activation very similar to that observed in a cocaine addict receiving an infusion of cocaine."
- Celebrities who do gambling and are spokespeople for it
- That awful Martin Scorsese film. Another film about violent mafia goons. Scorsese’s really pushing himself there.
- A million other films
- In Time
- The Hustler
- Moneyball (probably. I haven’t seen it)
- Dostoyevsky The Gambler
- The Hustler by Shakin’ Stevens
- Ace of Spades by Lemmie who along with Bowie, Prince, Cilla and Corbett, were recently killed.
- The concept album Turn of a Friendly Card by a progressive rock band with a fluid lineup, famed for spending all their time in dank recording studios saying things like ‘okay, from the top …’ and ‘can you boost the mid range? Bit more. Thanks.’
- Similarity to insurance
- Age restrictions
- Casinos are boring
- London's Hippodrome
- Penny pushers
- People I know what got addicted to gambling
Terminology specific to the topic
- Beginner's luck Naivety
- Bet Money you commit in the hope that you’ll get it back + more
- Bluff A lie
- Dead Cert An outcome that you believe will definitely occur. E.g. the sun will rise tomorrow.
- Double or nothing
- Evens Same bet or odds win or lose
- Gaming Increasingly a euphemism for gambling
- Hold the bells
- Lottery A raffle
- On the nose Exactly
- Sharp Cheat
- Short A bet that a stock price will fall
- Stake A bet
- Details about site, contacts, next show: Dung Castles
- Recording ends, postmortem recording begins
- Add intro music, any editing
From the Show
Notes, corrections and further references
UK Gambling commission http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/Home.aspx
William Hill online casino general terms and conditions.