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For example, for the Crash games csgofast-Crash C and ethCrash D , both websites provide a simple program for automatically wagering in a multiplicative way. For the Roulette games and Coinroll F , the websites provide an interface with which the gambler can quickly double or half their wager. However, for Satoshi Dice E and csgospeed-Jackpot G , no such function is provided, yet we still observe similar results, indicating that gamblers will follow a multiplicative betting themselves.

We can see that although there is a high probability for sticking to the same bet values, the most likely outcome after losing a round is that the gambler increases their wager. When winning one round, gamblers are more likely to decrease their wager.

This means that negative-progression strategies are more common among gamblers than positive-progression strategies. We now turn to the following question: When a player is allowed to choose the odds themselves in a near-fair game, how would they balance the risk and potential return? In our analysis, we can examine such behaviors based on the gambling logs from Crash and Satoshi Dice games.

COM provides the player-selected odds even when players lose that round, whereas for the Satoshi Dice game only Coinroll accepts player-selected odds. We will therefore focus on the data collected on these two websites. COM, the odds can only be set as multiples of 0. To simplify our modeling work, we will convert the odds on Coinroll to be multiples of 0. It turns out that in both cases the odds can be modeled with a truncated shifted power-law distribution,.

Note that there is a jump at m max , meaning that the players are more likely to place bets on the maximum allowed odds than on a slightly smaller odds. It also means that when gamblers are free to determine the risks of their games, although in most times they will stick to low risks, showing a risk-aversion attitude, they still present a non-negligible probability of accepting high risks in exchange for high potential returns. The scaling properties of risk attitude might not be unique to gamblers, but also may help to explain some of the risk-seeking behaviors in stock markets or financial trading.

We now re-examine the distributions from the point of view of estimating the crash point m C Satoshi Dice games can be explained with the same mechanism. The true distribution of m C generated by the websites follow a power-law decay with an exponent of 2 with some small deviation due to the house edge. Meanwhile, a closer look at the fitted exponents listed above gives us two empirical exponents of 1. The smaller exponents reveal that gamblers believe that they have a larger chance to win a high-odds game than they actually do.

Or equivalently, it means the gamblers over-weight the winning chance of low-probability games. As a result, they under-weight the winning chances of mild-probability games. These are clear empirical evidence of probability weighting among gamblers, which is believed to be one of the fundamental mechanisms in economics 6.

In the previous study of skin gambling 8 , we pointed out that the wealth distribution of skin gamblers shows a pairwise power-law tail. The crossover happens at 1. As both wealth distributions of skin gambling and bitcoin gambling can be approximated by a pairwise power distribution, we believe that it is a good option for modeling the tails of gambler wealth distribution in different scenarios.

The tail of the wealth distribution of Bitcoin gamblers follows a pairwise power-law distribution. In the above sections, we have analyzed the distributions of several quantities at the population level. However, there is a huge inequality of the number of placed bets among gamblers. We therefore wonder whether those distributions we obtain result from the inequality of number of bets among individuals. To remove the effects of this inequality, we randomly sample in each dataset the same number of bets from heavy gamblers.

We re-analyze the wager distribution and odds distribution with the sample data to see if we obtain the same distribution as before. Some datasets are excluded here as either they do not have enough data or we cannot identify individual gamblers. When re-analyzing the odds distribution, to ensure we have enough data, we respectively sample and bets from each of those gamblers in games C and F who have at least and valid player-selected odds above m min.

According to the results in Fig. Similarly, the odds distributions again follow truncated shifted power-law distributions after removing the inequality. These results demonstrate that the shape of the distributions we obtained in the above sections is not a result of the inequality of the number of bets.

Now our question becomes whether the conclusion regarding the distribution at the population level can be extended to the individual level. Here due to the limitation of data, we will only discuss the wager distribution. Analyzing the individual distribution of top gamblers, we find that although heavy-tailed properties can be widely observed at the individual level, only a small proportion of top gamblers presents log-normal distributed wagers. Other distributions encountered include log-normal distributions, power-law distributions, power-law distributions with exponential cutoff, pair-wise power-law distributions, irregular heavy-tailed distributions, as well as distributions that only have a few values.

The diversity of the wager distributions at the individual level suggests a diversity of individual betting strategies. Also, it indicates that a gambler may not stick to only one betting strategy. It follows that the log-normal wager distribution observed at the population level is very likely an aggregate result.

In all the games we analyze, there are only two possible outcomes: a win or a loss. The time t will increase by 1 when the player places a new bet, therefore the process is a discrete-time random walk. In Fig. At the same time, in some datasets such as Ethcrash D and Coinroll F , large fluctuations can be observed. Change of the mean net income with time for the different datasets. Most of the datasets present a decreasing net income as time t increases.

Each point is obtained from an average over at least players. An useful tool for studying the diffusive process is the ensemble-averaged mean-squared displacement MSD , defined as. More specifically, when the MSD growth is faster respectively, slower than linear, superdiffusion respectively, subdiffusion is observed. To reduce the coarseness, MSD curves are smoothed with log-binning technique.

The error bars in Fig. It is interesting to see that for different datasets we observe different diffusive behaviors. For games csgofast-Crash C we observe that the MSD grows faster than a linear function, suggesting superdiffusive behavior. Meanwhile, for games csgofast-Double A , ethCrash D , csgospeed G , and csgofast-Jackpot H , the MSD first presents a superdiffusive regime, followed by a crossover to a normal diffusive regime.

Convex-shaped regimes can also be observed in csgofast-Crash games C. The growth of ensemble-averaged mean-squared displacement in different datasets presents different diffusive behaviors. In ref. Similar crossovers are observed in games G and H , two parimutuel betting games, where the same explanation can be applied.

On the other hand, this crossover is also found in a Roulette game and in a Crash game, where there is no interaction among gamblers. A different explanation needs to be proposed to model this crossover. In the following we briefly discuss how we can obtain from gambling models the different diffusive processes observed in the data.

We will not attempt to reproduce the parameters we obtained from the gambling logs, but rather try to explore the possible reasons for the anomalous diffusion we reported. But normal diffusion is only found in few datasets, the remaining datasets presenting anomalous diffusion which conflicts with the IID assumption. Having shown the popularity of betting systems among gamblers, we would like to check how different betting systems affect diffusive behaviors.

First, we simulate gamblers that follow Martingale strategies in a Crash game. Once the wager reaches a preset maximum bet value , we reset the gambler with a minimum bet. MSD obtained from 10 billion individual simulations is shown in Fig. Different curves correspond to different exponents in odds distribution. We can see that the MSD initially presents an exponential-like growth, before the growths reduce to a linear function.

Considering the wide adoption of Martingale among gamblers, this could be a reason for the superdiffusion as well as the crossover to normal diffusion we found in several datasets. A betting system similar to Martingale will lead to a crossover from superdiffusion to normal diffusion according to the growth of mean-squared displacement. Next we examine the ergodicity of the random walk process of net income by computing the time-averaged mean-squared displacement and the ergodicity breaking parameter.

The time-averaged MSD is defined as. As shown in Fig. To further examine breaking of ergodicity, we have calculated the ergodicity breaking parameter EB 24 , 25 , 26 defined as. The growth of the time-averaged MSD for individual gamblers, presented as thin lines, suggests diverse betting behaviors at the individual level. Players who played less than rounds are filtered out in each dataset.

For an ergodic process, the parameter EB should be close to 0. However, as shown in Fig. It follows that non-ergodicity is observed in most games and that gambling processes indeed often deviate from normal diffusion, which further highlights the complexity of human gambling behavior. The change of the ergodicity breaking parameter with time. For all games, with the exception of the games csgospeed G and csgofast-Jackpot H , EB is found to be much larger than 0, suggesting non-ergodic behavior.

Another way to examine the diffusive behavior of a process is through the analysis of the first-passage time distribution. We note that the results obtained from ensemble-averaged MSD sometimes differ from the results obtained from the first-passage time distributions.

Nonetheless, anomalous diffusive behavior is widely observed. The tails of first-passage time distributions for the different datasets indicate different diffusive behaviors. Only gamblers who attended more than rounds of games have been included in these calculations. To confirm our conclusion about the wide existence of anomalous diffusive behavior in gambling activities, we further calculate the non-Gaussian parameter NGP 26 , 28 , For a Gaussian process, the NGP should approach 0 when t gets large.

In the game Coinroll F , a decrease is not apparent, and most likely this game does not follow a Gaussian process. In the other games, although the NGP is still decreasing, we can not discriminate whether for large t this quantity will tend to 0 or instead reach a plateau value larger than zero. Still, our analysis does not provide clear evidence for the presence of Gaussianity in gambling behaviors. In most datasets, except Coinroll F , the non-Gaussian parameter shows a decreasing trend as t increases.

However, in none of the studied cases does the non-Gaussian parameter fall below the value 1. Further studies are required in order to fully understand the observed differences. At the individual level, as has been pointed out by Meng 7 , gamblers show a huge diversity of betting strategies, and even individual gamblers constantly change their betting strategy. Differences in the fractions of gamblers playing specific betting strategies could be a reason why we see a variety of diffusive behaviors in the datasets.

The quick development of the video gaming industry has also resulted in an explosive growth of other online entertainment. This is especially true for online gambling that has evolved quickly into a booming industry with multi-billion levels. Every day million of bets are placed on websites all around the globe as many different gambling games are available online for gamblers. Analysing different types of gambling games ranging from Roulette to Jackpot games , we have shown that log-normal distributions can be widely used to describe the wager distributions of online gamblers at the aggregate level.

The risk attitude of online gamblers shows scaling properties too, which indicates that although most gamblers are risk-averse, they sometime will take large risks in exchange for high potential gains. For some games the mean-squared displacement and the first-passage time distribution reveal a transition from superdiffusion to normal diffusion as time increases. For all games the ergodicity breaking parameter and the non-Gaussian parameter reveal deviations from normal diffusion. We focus on a simplified version of Roulette games that appears in online casinos, where a wheel with multiple slots painted with different colors will be spun, after which a winning slot will be selected.

The online Roulette games are similar to the traditional ones, except that the number of colors and the number of slots for each color might be different. Each slot has the same probability to be chosen as the winning slot.

Players will guess the color of the winning slot before the game starts. The players have a certain time for wagering, after which the game ends and a winning slot is selected by the website. Those players who successfully wagered on the correct color win, the others lose. As the chance of winning and odds for each color are directly provided by the website, roulette is a fixed-odds betting game.

Before the game starts, the site will generate a crash point m C , which is initially hidden to the players. With a lower boundary of 1, the crash point is distributed approximately in an inverse square law. The players need to place their wager in order to enter one round. This multiplier m they cashed out at is the odds, which means when winning, the player will receive a prize that equals his wager multiplied by m.

When m C is generated with a strict inverse-square-law distribution, the winning chance exactly equals the inverse of the player-selected odds m. The player can also set up the cash-out multipliers automatically before the game starts, to avoid the possible time delay of manual cash-out. Satoshi Dice is one of the most popular games in crptocurrency gambling. If B is less than A , then the player wins the round, otherwise they lose.

Satoshi Dice is a fixed-odds betting game. In some online casinos, players cannot choose A arbitrarily, but instead, they have to select A from a preset list provided by the gambling website. According to the rules of Satoshi Dice games, the maximum allowed bet is proportional to the inverse of A , which means the accepted range of wager is directly related to the odds. Unlike the games discussed above, Jackpot is a parimutuel betting game, where players gamble against each other.

During the game, each player attending the same round will deposit their wager to a pool. The game-ending condition varies across different websites, it could be a certain pool size, a certain amount of players, or a preset time span. The winner will obtain the whole wager pool as the prize, after excluding the site cut. In this paper, we extend the analysis to a case where wagers can be arbitrary amounts of virtual skin tickets players need to first exchange in-game skins into virtual skin tickets.

For each type of game, we collect two datasets. In total, we analyze 8 datasets collected from 4 different online gambling websites, and the number of bet logs contained in each dataset ranges from 0. Due to the high variation of market prices of crypto-currencies and in-game skins, the wager and deposits are first converted into US cents based on their daily market prices. The data were collected in two different time periods, and the only difference between them is a change of the maximum allowed bet values.

As we mentioned earlier, when analyzing the risk attitude of gamblers in Crash game, we are more interested in how players set up the odds multiplier with the automatically cash-out option. The interesting point about this dataset is that even if the player loses the round, if they used the automatically cash-out option, it still displays the player-selected odds which is set before the game starts ; meanwhile if they used the manually cash-out option, no odds is displayed.

These displayed odds will be used in odds distribution analysis. The data are also collected in two different periods, where the only difference is still a change of the maximum allowed bet value. Each skin has a market value that ranges from 3 to US cents. A player can place at most 10 skins in one round.

From the skin gambling website CSGOSpeed 32 we collected one dataset from its Jackpot game csgospeed-Jackpot G , in which arbitrary amounts of virtual skin tickets can be used as wagers. The difference between datasets H and G focuses on whether the wagers are in-game skins or virtual skin tickets.

Players need to place wagers in Ethereum ETH , one type of crypto-currency. It provides a Satoshi Dice game satoshidice E , where only 11 preset odds can be wagered on, ranging from 1. Coinroll 35 is a cryto-currency gambling website which accepts Bitcoin BTC as wagers.

It provides a Satoshi Dice game Coinroll F , where players can either wager on the 8 preset odds listed by the website, or choose an odds of their own. When further analyzing the data, we find that a few players placed an unusual large amount of bets, where the top player placed more than 11 million bets. Although these large number of bets prove the heavy-tailed distribution of the number of bets of individuals, we have doubts that these players are playing for the purpose of gambling.

As we have pointed out, all the games discussed in this paper have negative expected payoffs. Indeed, prior studies have raised suspicion about the use of crypo-currency gambling websites as a way for money laundering We will therefore exclude from our analysis gamblers who placed more than half a million bets.

On the other hand, since player-selected odds show a broader spectrum regarding the risk attitude of gamblers, we focus on the odds distribution of the player-selected odds. As already mentioned, we will exclude the bets from those players who placed at least half a million bets from our odds distribution analysis. The data collected and analyzed in this paper are all publicly accessible on the internet, and we collect the data either with the consent of the website administrators or without violating the terms of service or acceptance usage listed on the hosting website.

In addition, our data collection and analysis procedures are performed solely passively, with absolutely no interaction with any human subject. To avoid abusing the hosting websites i. Considering the legal concerns and potential negative effects of online gambling 39 , 40 , 41 , 42 , 43 , 44 , 45 , 46 , our analysis aims only to help better prevent adolescent gambling and problem gambling.

In our analysis, the parameters of different distribution models are obtained by applying Maximum Likelihood Estimation MLE Note that analyzing the fitting results, we constantly found that players show a tendency of using simple numbers when allowed to place wagers with arbitrary amounts of virtual currency. As a result, the curves of probability distribution functions appear to peak at simple numbers, and the corresponding cumulative distribution function shows a stepped behavior.

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We discuss possible origins for the observed anomalous diffusion. Today, gambling is a huge industry with a huge social impact. According to a report by the American Gaming Association 1 , commercial casinos in the United States alone made total revenue of over 40 billion US dollars in On the other hand, different studies reported that 0. Researchers have put a lot of attention on studying gambling-related activities.

Economists have proposed many theories about how humans make decisions under different risk conditions. Several of them can also be applied to model gambling behaviors. For example, the prospect theory introduced by Kahneman and Tversky 4 and its variant cumulative prospect theory 5 have been adopted in modeling casino gambling 6.

In parallel to the theoretical approach, numerous studies focus on the empirical analysis of gambling behaviors, aiming at explaining the motivations behind problematic gambling behaviors. However, parametric models that quantitatively describe empirical gambling behaviors are still missing.

Our goal is to provide such a parametric model for describing human wagering activities and risk attitude during gambling from empirical gambling logs. However, it is very difficult to obtain gambling logs from traditional casinos, and it is hard to collect large amounts of behavior data in a lab-controlled environment.

Therefore in this paper we will focus on analyzing online gambling logs collected from online casinos. Recent years have seen an increasing trend of online gambling due to its low barriers to entry, high anonymity and instant payout. For researchers of gambling behaviors, online gambling games present two advantages: simple rules and the availability of large amounts of gambling logs. In addition to the usual forms of gambling games that can be found in traditional casinos, many online casinos also offer games that follow very simple rules, which makes analyzing the gambling behavior much easier as there are much fewer degrees of freedom required to be considered.

On the other hand, many online casinos have made gambling logs publicly available on their websites, mainly for verification purposes, which provides researchers with abundant data to work on. Due to the high popularity of online gambling, in a dataset provided by an online casino there are often thousands or even hundreds of thousands of gamblers listed. Such a large scale of data can hardly be obtained in a lab environment. Prior research has begun to make use of online gambling logs.

It is worth arguing that although our work only focuses on the behaviors of online gamblers, there is no reason to think that our conclusions cannot be extended to traditional gamblers. Naturally, we can treat the changing cumulative net income of a player during their gambling activities as a random walk process 8. Within this paper, we will mainly focus on the analysis at the population level. Physicists have long been studying diffusion processes in different systems, and recently anomalous diffusive properties have been reported in many human activities, including human spatial movement 9 , 10 , 11 , and information foraging However, this explanation cannot be used in other types of gambling games where there is no interaction among gamblers e.

In this paper, we want to expand the scope of our study to more general gambling games, check the corresponding diffusive properties, and propose some explanations for the observed behaviors. One of our goals is to uncover the commonalities behind the behavior of online gamblers. To implement this, we analyze the data from different online gambling systems.

The first one is skin gambling, where the bettors are mostly video game players and where cosmetic skins from online video games are used as virtual currency for wagering 8 , The other system is crypto-currency gambling, where the bettors are mostly crypto-currency users. Different types of crypto-currencies are used for wagering. As the overlap of these two communities, video game players and crypto-currency users, is relatively small for now, features of gambling patterns common between these two gambling systems are possibly features common among all online gamblers.

Not only do we consider different gambling systems, but we also discuss different types of gambling games. In general, there are two frameworks of betting in gambling: fixed-odds betting, where the odds is fixed and known before players wager in one round; and parimutuel betting, where the odds can still change after players place the bets until all players finish wagering. The four types of games we discuss in this paper will cover both betting frameworks see the Methods section.

When a player attends one round in any of those games, there are only two possible outcomes: either win or lose. When losing, the player will lose the wager they placed during that round; whereas when winning, the prize winner receives equals their original wager multiplied by a coefficient. This coefficient is generally larger than 1, and in gambling terminology, it is called odds in decimal format 15 , Here we will simply refer to it as odds.

Note that the definition of odds in gambling is different than the definition of odds in statistics, and in this paper we follow the former one. When a player attends one round, their chance of winning is usually close to, but less than the inverse of the odds. In addition, the website usually charges the winner with a site cut commission fee , which is a fixed percentage of the prize.

Although the four types of games are based on different rules, the payoffs all follow the same expression. From Eq. The house edge represents the proportion the website will benefit on average when players wager. In a fair game or when we ignore the house edge, the expected payoff would be 0. We then focus on an analysis of risk attitude by studying the distribution of the odds players choose to wager with.

We conclude by extending our discussion to the analysis of net incomes of gamblers viewed as random walks. Detailed information about the games and datasets discussed in this paper can be found in the Methods section. From the viewpoint of the interaction among players, the games discussed in this paper can be grouped into two classes: in Roulette, Crash, and Satoshi Dice games, there is little or no interaction among players, whereas in Jackpot games, players need to gamble against each other.

At the same time, from the viewpoint of wager itself, the games can also be grouped into two classes: In games A-G , the wagers can be an arbitrary amount of virtual currencies, such as virtual skin tickets or crypto-currency units, whereas in game H , the wagers are placed in the form of in-game skins, which means the wager distribution further involves the distributions of the market price and availability of the skins.

Furthermore, from the viewpoint of the odds, considering the empirical datasets we have, when analyzing the wager distribution, there are three situations: i For Roulette and Satoshi Dice games, the odds are fixed constants, and wagers placed with the same odds are analyzed to find the distribution. At the same time, for each dataset we perform a distribution analysis of wagers at the aggregate level. Within the same dataset wagers placed under different maximum allowed bet values are discussed separately.

We plot the complementary cumulative distribution function CCDF of the empirical data and the fitted distribution to check the goodness-of-fit, see Fig. In games A — G , where players are allowed to choose arbitrary bet values, the wager distribution can be best fitted by log-normal distributions 3. The fitting lines represent the log-normal fittings.

Wagers placed under the different maximum allowed bet values are discussed separately, e. On the other hand, in game H where wagers can only be in-game skins, the wager distribution is best described by a pairwise power law with an exponential transition, see Eq. The red dotted line represents the log-normal fitting and the blue solid line represents the fitting of a pairwise power law with an exponential transition. Meanwhile in game D , the fitted log-normal distribution is truncated at an upper boundary x max , which might result from the maximum allowed small bet value and the huge variation of the market price of crypto-currencies.

During model selection, we notice that when we select different x min , occasionally a power-law distribution with exponential cutoff is reported to be a better fit, but often it does not provide a decent absolute fit on the tail, and overall the log-normal distribution provides smaller Kolmogorov-Smirnov distances, see the Methods section. On the other hand, as we have pointed out in the previous study 8 , when players are restricted to use in-game skins as wagers for gambling, the wager distribution can be best fitted by a shifted power law with exponential cutoff.

Now, with a similar situation in game H , where wagers can only be in-game skins, we find that the early part of the curve can be again fitted by a power law with exponential cutoff, as shown in Fig. However, this time it does not maintain the exponential decay of its tail; instead, it changes back to a power-law decay. The overall distribution contains six parameters, given by the expression.

We believe that when players are restricted to use in-game skins as wagers, the decision to include one particular skin in their wager is further influenced by the price and availability of that skin. These factors make the wager distribution deviate from the log-normal distribution, which is observed in games A-G. This is very clear when comparing the wager distributions of games G and H as both games are jackpot games of skin gambling, and the only difference is whether players are directly using skins as wagers or are using virtual skin tickets obtained from depositing skins.

This commonality of log-normal distribution no longer holds when this arbitrariness of wager value is violated, e. Log-normal distribution has been reported in a wide range of economic, biological, and sociological systems 17 , including income, species abundance, family size, etc. Economists have proposed different kinds of generative mechanisms for log-normal distributions and power-law distributions as well.

One particular interest for us is the multiplicative process 18 , The results reveal that the values of consecutive bets exhibit a strong positive correlation, with all the correlation coefficients larger than 0. At the same time, the bet values are following gradual changes, rather than rapid changes. These conclusions can be confirmed by the small mean values and small variances of log-ratios between consecutive bets.

The high probability of staying on the same wager indicates that betting with fixed wager is one of the common strategies adopted by gamblers. The distribution of the logarithmic of the ratio log-ratio between consecutive bet values. For games A — C , the log-ratio can be described by a Laplace distribution.

For games D , F — H , the log-ratio presents bell-shaped distribution. In general, the distributions are symmetric with respect to the y-axis, except in games D , F. The multiplication process can be explained by the wide adoption of multiplicative betting systems. Although betting systems will not provide a long-term benefit, as the expected payoff will always be 0 in a fair game, still they are widely adopted among gamblers.

A well-known multiplicative betting system is the Martingale sometimes called geometric progression In Martingale betting, starting with an initial wager, the gambler will double their wager each time they lose one round, and return to the initial wager once they win.

Apart from multiplicative betting, there are many other types of betting systems, such as additive betting and linear betting The reasons why multiplicative betting systems are dominant in our datasets are: 1 Martingale is a well-known betting system among gamblers; 2 Many online gambling websites provide a service for changing the bet value in a multiplicative way. For example, for the Crash games csgofast-Crash C and ethCrash D , both websites provide a simple program for automatically wagering in a multiplicative way.

For the Roulette games and Coinroll F , the websites provide an interface with which the gambler can quickly double or half their wager. However, for Satoshi Dice E and csgospeed-Jackpot G , no such function is provided, yet we still observe similar results, indicating that gamblers will follow a multiplicative betting themselves. We can see that although there is a high probability for sticking to the same bet values, the most likely outcome after losing a round is that the gambler increases their wager.

When winning one round, gamblers are more likely to decrease their wager. This means that negative-progression strategies are more common among gamblers than positive-progression strategies. We now turn to the following question: When a player is allowed to choose the odds themselves in a near-fair game, how would they balance the risk and potential return? In our analysis, we can examine such behaviors based on the gambling logs from Crash and Satoshi Dice games. COM provides the player-selected odds even when players lose that round, whereas for the Satoshi Dice game only Coinroll accepts player-selected odds.

We will therefore focus on the data collected on these two websites. COM, the odds can only be set as multiples of 0. To simplify our modeling work, we will convert the odds on Coinroll to be multiples of 0. It turns out that in both cases the odds can be modeled with a truncated shifted power-law distribution,.

Note that there is a jump at m max , meaning that the players are more likely to place bets on the maximum allowed odds than on a slightly smaller odds. It also means that when gamblers are free to determine the risks of their games, although in most times they will stick to low risks, showing a risk-aversion attitude, they still present a non-negligible probability of accepting high risks in exchange for high potential returns.

The scaling properties of risk attitude might not be unique to gamblers, but also may help to explain some of the risk-seeking behaviors in stock markets or financial trading. We now re-examine the distributions from the point of view of estimating the crash point m C Satoshi Dice games can be explained with the same mechanism. The true distribution of m C generated by the websites follow a power-law decay with an exponent of 2 with some small deviation due to the house edge.

Meanwhile, a closer look at the fitted exponents listed above gives us two empirical exponents of 1. The smaller exponents reveal that gamblers believe that they have a larger chance to win a high-odds game than they actually do. Or equivalently, it means the gamblers over-weight the winning chance of low-probability games. As a result, they under-weight the winning chances of mild-probability games. These are clear empirical evidence of probability weighting among gamblers, which is believed to be one of the fundamental mechanisms in economics 6.

In the previous study of skin gambling 8 , we pointed out that the wealth distribution of skin gamblers shows a pairwise power-law tail. The crossover happens at 1. As both wealth distributions of skin gambling and bitcoin gambling can be approximated by a pairwise power distribution, we believe that it is a good option for modeling the tails of gambler wealth distribution in different scenarios.

The tail of the wealth distribution of Bitcoin gamblers follows a pairwise power-law distribution. In the above sections, we have analyzed the distributions of several quantities at the population level. However, there is a huge inequality of the number of placed bets among gamblers.

We therefore wonder whether those distributions we obtain result from the inequality of number of bets among individuals. To remove the effects of this inequality, we randomly sample in each dataset the same number of bets from heavy gamblers. We re-analyze the wager distribution and odds distribution with the sample data to see if we obtain the same distribution as before.

Some datasets are excluded here as either they do not have enough data or we cannot identify individual gamblers. When re-analyzing the odds distribution, to ensure we have enough data, we respectively sample and bets from each of those gamblers in games C and F who have at least and valid player-selected odds above m min. According to the results in Fig. Similarly, the odds distributions again follow truncated shifted power-law distributions after removing the inequality.

These results demonstrate that the shape of the distributions we obtained in the above sections is not a result of the inequality of the number of bets. Now our question becomes whether the conclusion regarding the distribution at the population level can be extended to the individual level. Here due to the limitation of data, we will only discuss the wager distribution. Analyzing the individual distribution of top gamblers, we find that although heavy-tailed properties can be widely observed at the individual level, only a small proportion of top gamblers presents log-normal distributed wagers.

Other distributions encountered include log-normal distributions, power-law distributions, power-law distributions with exponential cutoff, pair-wise power-law distributions, irregular heavy-tailed distributions, as well as distributions that only have a few values. The diversity of the wager distributions at the individual level suggests a diversity of individual betting strategies.

Also, it indicates that a gambler may not stick to only one betting strategy. It follows that the log-normal wager distribution observed at the population level is very likely an aggregate result. In all the games we analyze, there are only two possible outcomes: a win or a loss. The time t will increase by 1 when the player places a new bet, therefore the process is a discrete-time random walk.

In Fig. At the same time, in some datasets such as Ethcrash D and Coinroll F , large fluctuations can be observed. Change of the mean net income with time for the different datasets. Most of the datasets present a decreasing net income as time t increases. Each point is obtained from an average over at least players.

An useful tool for studying the diffusive process is the ensemble-averaged mean-squared displacement MSD , defined as. More specifically, when the MSD growth is faster respectively, slower than linear, superdiffusion respectively, subdiffusion is observed. To reduce the coarseness, MSD curves are smoothed with log-binning technique.

The error bars in Fig. It is interesting to see that for different datasets we observe different diffusive behaviors. For games csgofast-Crash C we observe that the MSD grows faster than a linear function, suggesting superdiffusive behavior. Meanwhile, for games csgofast-Double A , ethCrash D , csgospeed G , and csgofast-Jackpot H , the MSD first presents a superdiffusive regime, followed by a crossover to a normal diffusive regime.

Convex-shaped regimes can also be observed in csgofast-Crash games C. The growth of ensemble-averaged mean-squared displacement in different datasets presents different diffusive behaviors. In ref. Similar crossovers are observed in games G and H , two parimutuel betting games, where the same explanation can be applied.

On the other hand, this crossover is also found in a Roulette game and in a Crash game, where there is no interaction among gamblers. A different explanation needs to be proposed to model this crossover. In the following we briefly discuss how we can obtain from gambling models the different diffusive processes observed in the data. We will not attempt to reproduce the parameters we obtained from the gambling logs, but rather try to explore the possible reasons for the anomalous diffusion we reported.

But normal diffusion is only found in few datasets, the remaining datasets presenting anomalous diffusion which conflicts with the IID assumption. Having shown the popularity of betting systems among gamblers, we would like to check how different betting systems affect diffusive behaviors. First, we simulate gamblers that follow Martingale strategies in a Crash game.

Once the wager reaches a preset maximum bet value , we reset the gambler with a minimum bet. MSD obtained from 10 billion individual simulations is shown in Fig. Different curves correspond to different exponents in odds distribution. We can see that the MSD initially presents an exponential-like growth, before the growths reduce to a linear function.

Considering the wide adoption of Martingale among gamblers, this could be a reason for the superdiffusion as well as the crossover to normal diffusion we found in several datasets. A betting system similar to Martingale will lead to a crossover from superdiffusion to normal diffusion according to the growth of mean-squared displacement.

Next we examine the ergodicity of the random walk process of net income by computing the time-averaged mean-squared displacement and the ergodicity breaking parameter. The time-averaged MSD is defined as. As shown in Fig. To further examine breaking of ergodicity, we have calculated the ergodicity breaking parameter EB 24 , 25 , 26 defined as. The growth of the time-averaged MSD for individual gamblers, presented as thin lines, suggests diverse betting behaviors at the individual level.

Players who played less than rounds are filtered out in each dataset. For an ergodic process, the parameter EB should be close to 0. However, as shown in Fig. It follows that non-ergodicity is observed in most games and that gambling processes indeed often deviate from normal diffusion, which further highlights the complexity of human gambling behavior. The change of the ergodicity breaking parameter with time. For all games, with the exception of the games csgospeed G and csgofast-Jackpot H , EB is found to be much larger than 0, suggesting non-ergodic behavior.

Another way to examine the diffusive behavior of a process is through the analysis of the first-passage time distribution. We note that the results obtained from ensemble-averaged MSD sometimes differ from the results obtained from the first-passage time distributions. Nonetheless, anomalous diffusive behavior is widely observed.

The tails of first-passage time distributions for the different datasets indicate different diffusive behaviors. Only gamblers who attended more than rounds of games have been included in these calculations. To confirm our conclusion about the wide existence of anomalous diffusive behavior in gambling activities, we further calculate the non-Gaussian parameter NGP 26 , 28 , For a Gaussian process, the NGP should approach 0 when t gets large.

In the game Coinroll F , a decrease is not apparent, and most likely this game does not follow a Gaussian process. In the other games, although the NGP is still decreasing, we can not discriminate whether for large t this quantity will tend to 0 or instead reach a plateau value larger than zero. Still, our analysis does not provide clear evidence for the presence of Gaussianity in gambling behaviors.

In most datasets, except Coinroll F , the non-Gaussian parameter shows a decreasing trend as t increases. However, in none of the studied cases does the non-Gaussian parameter fall below the value 1. Further studies are required in order to fully understand the observed differences.

At the individual level, as has been pointed out by Meng 7 , gamblers show a huge diversity of betting strategies, and even individual gamblers constantly change their betting strategy. Differences in the fractions of gamblers playing specific betting strategies could be a reason why we see a variety of diffusive behaviors in the datasets.

The quick development of the video gaming industry has also resulted in an explosive growth of other online entertainment. This is especially true for online gambling that has evolved quickly into a booming industry with multi-billion levels. Every day million of bets are placed on websites all around the globe as many different gambling games are available online for gamblers. Analysing different types of gambling games ranging from Roulette to Jackpot games , we have shown that log-normal distributions can be widely used to describe the wager distributions of online gamblers at the aggregate level.

The risk attitude of online gamblers shows scaling properties too, which indicates that although most gamblers are risk-averse, they sometime will take large risks in exchange for high potential gains. For some games the mean-squared displacement and the first-passage time distribution reveal a transition from superdiffusion to normal diffusion as time increases.

For all games the ergodicity breaking parameter and the non-Gaussian parameter reveal deviations from normal diffusion. We focus on a simplified version of Roulette games that appears in online casinos, where a wheel with multiple slots painted with different colors will be spun, after which a winning slot will be selected. The online Roulette games are similar to the traditional ones, except that the number of colors and the number of slots for each color might be different. Each slot has the same probability to be chosen as the winning slot.

Players will guess the color of the winning slot before the game starts. The players have a certain time for wagering, after which the game ends and a winning slot is selected by the website. For any game of chance, the probability model is of the simplest type—the sample space is finite, the space of events is the set of parts of the sample space, implicitly finite, too, and the probability function is given by the definition of probability on a finite space of events:. Combinatorial calculus is an important part of gambling probability applications.

In games of chance, most of the gambling probability calculus in which we use the classical definition of probability reverts to counting combinations. The gaming events can be identified with sets, which often are sets of combinations. Thus, we can identify an event with a combination. For example, in a five draw poker game, the event at least one player holds a four of a kind formation can be identified with the set of all combinations of xxxxy type, where x and y are distinct values of cards.

These can be identified with elementary events that the event to be measured consists of. Games of chance are not merely pure applications of probability calculus and gaming situations are not just isolated events whose numerical probability is well established through mathematical methods; they are also games whose progress is influenced by human action. In gambling, the human element has a striking character. The player is not only interested in the mathematical probability of the various gaming events, but he or she has expectations from the games while a major interaction exists.

To obtain favorable results from this interaction, gamblers take into account all possible information, including statistics , to build gaming strategies. The oldest and most common betting system is the martingale, or doubling-up, system on even-money bets, in which bets are doubled progressively after each loss until a win occurs.

This system probably dates back to the invention of the roulette wheel. Thus, it represents the average amount one expects to win per bet if bets with identical odds are repeated many times. A game or situation in which the expected value for the player is zero no net gain nor loss is called a fair game. The attribute fair refers not to the technical process of the game, but to the chance balance house bank —player.

Even though the randomness inherent in games of chance would seem to ensure their fairness at least with respect to the players around a table—shuffling a deck or spinning a wheel do not favor any player except if they are fraudulent , gamblers always search and wait for irregularities in this randomness that will allow them to win. It has been mathematically proved that, in ideal conditions of randomness, and with negative expectation, no long-run regular winning is possible for players of games of chance.

Most gamblers accept this premise, but still work on strategies to make them win either in the short term or over the long run. Casino games provide a predictable long-term advantage to the casino, or "house" while offering the player the possibility of a large short-term payout. Some casino games have a skill element, where the player makes decisions; such games are called "random with a tactical element.

For more examples see Advantage gambling. The player's disadvantage is a result of the casino not paying winning wagers according to the game's "true odds", which are the payouts that would be expected considering the odds of a wager either winning or losing. However, the casino may only pay 4 times the amount wagered for a winning wager.

The house edge HE or vigorish is defined as the casino profit expressed as a percentage of the player's original bet. In games such as Blackjack or Spanish 21 , the final bet may be several times the original bet, if the player doubles or splits. Example: In American Roulette , there are two zeroes and 36 non-zero numbers 18 red and 18 black. Therefore, the house edge is 5. The house edge of casino games varies greatly with the game.

The calculation of the Roulette house edge was a trivial exercise; for other games, this is not usually the case. In games that have a skill element, such as Blackjack or Spanish 21 , the house edge is defined as the house advantage from optimal play without the use of advanced techniques such as card counting or shuffle tracking , on the first hand of the shoe the container that holds the cards.

The set of the optimal plays for all possible hands is known as "basic strategy" and is highly dependent on the specific rules, and even the number of decks used. Good Blackjack and Spanish 21 games have to house edges below 0. Online slot games often have a published Return to Player RTP percentage that determines the theoretical house edge.

Some software developers choose to publish the RTP of their slot games while others do not. The luck factor in a casino game is quantified using standard deviation SD. The standard deviation of a simple game like Roulette can be simply calculated because of the binomial distribution of successes assuming a result of 1 unit for a win, and 0 units for a loss.

Furthermore, if we flat bet at 10 units per round instead of 1 unit, the range of possible outcomes increases 10 fold. After enough large number of rounds the theoretical distribution of the total win converges to the normal distribution , giving a good possibility to forecast the possible win or loss.

The 3 sigma range is six times the standard deviation: three above the mean, and three below. There is still a ca. The standard deviation for the even-money Roulette bet is one of the lowest out of all casinos games. Most games, particularly slots, have extremely high standard deviations. As the size of the potential payouts increase, so does the standard deviation. Unfortunately, the above considerations for small numbers of rounds are incorrect, because the distribution is far from normal.

Moreover, the results of more volatile games usually converge to the normal distribution much more slowly, therefore much more huge number of rounds are required for that. As the number of rounds increases, eventually, the expected loss will exceed the standard deviation, many times over. From the formula, we can see the standard deviation is proportional to the square root of the number of rounds played, while the expected loss is proportional to the number of rounds played.

As the number of rounds increases, the expected loss increases at a much faster rate.

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The online gambling business is one of the oldest ideas around. It also requires a really big investment. So why should you choose it? Online gambling generates billions in revenue on a yearly basis. People absolutely love the idea of gambling on the Web. For an investor, investing in casino finance can be an incredible chance to make a fortune, not to mention give people the chance to enjoy amazing entertainment from any location.

Because of the amazing online casino business opportunity, you have the shot at great income, but are also facing a fierce competition. Even when you use the top software companies for gaming, there will be at least dozens of other similar casinos that offer the same things.

The idea is to stand out in the crowd, which is possible, but not simple. Take for example, Interac casinos Canada. Players who prefer this payment method will go online searching for gaming websites that offer it. But, most of them will stay on the site with the best offers, one that is highly rated on the market. To succeed, you need not only great gambling business ideas. You need to make them happen and establish yourself as the preferred brand.

It all starts with a casino business plan. When it comes to making a plan to build your new casino, you should have excellent casino startup ideas to build on. But most importantly, you need a business model. Business model is the center of the business plan. To make this a profitable investment, you need to create a plan that includes the basic calculations, operation prospects, and development strategies.

This will show you what the online casino startup costs are, how much you will need to invest in the long run, and how to promote the brand on the Web. There are many kinds of business models that you should focus on. Business models can focus on advertising, production, subscription, commission, etc. For an open online casino business, you need to create business models for various elements that make the idea a reality. Here is what you should focus on. If you decided to create and operate an online gambling company, you will need a license.

For example, a real money online casino in New Zealand requires a license from a regulatory body based on the jurisdictions and rules in NZ. Depending on where you want your business to operate, you should gather all information in terms of what documents, permissions, and applications you must submit to obtain the necessary license. Next you need software. The platform is worth nothing unless you invest in software that will provide you with quality games.

Since players truly value the gaming quality, it is crucial to choose high-quality software companies to ensure seamless operation. Some casinos turn to designing games on their own, but most rely on major casino software providers for the gaming opportunities like virtual slots, casino games, etc. This is especially true for new casinos. Integrating payment systems is really important today.

Players can be really picky about how they deposit and withdraw their gambling money. The more options you provide them with, the better your odds at attracting more people. But above all, you need trusted and reliable payment methods including cards, e-wallets, and wire transfers.

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