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Game of chance

A game of chance is a game whose outcome is strongly influenced by some randomizing device, and upon which contestants frequently wager money. Common devices used include dice, playing cards, spun wheels, and numbered balls drawn from a container.

Gambling is known in nearly all human societies, even though many have passed laws restricting it. Early people used the knucklebones of sheep as dice. Many people develop a psychological addiction to gambling, and will risk even food and shelter to continue.

See probability applications -- psychology



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