6 Tricks That Can Help You Win the Most Popular Games

Tips & tricks
10 months ago

If you constantly lose when playing Tic-Tac-Toe or Rock, Paper, Scissors, it may be because you don’t know the winning strategy...or your opponent does know it.

Bright Side will tell you about the strategies that will help you win these popular games and bets! At the end of the article, you will find out how to always win a very popular street game.

1. Monopoly

Monopoly is a game where many things depend on luck at the beginning of the game and negotiation skills in the middle. But in order to significantly increase your chances of winning, you need to stick to certain rules.

  1. Buy railroad stations, and don’t buy the electric company or water works. The stations will make you rich at the very beginning of the game, but the water works and electric company bring you very little money and are not worth it.

  2. Don’t worry about hotels. After you’ve collected one territory of the same color, you need to build 3 houses as quickly as you can. 3 houses is the point in the game that brings you the best profit versus expenses. They are easy to build, and they give very good profits.

  3. The best territories are orange, red, and bright blue. They have good locations, they give you high profits, and they are a way to victory.

2. Arm wrestling

Even if you have an opponent who is much stronger and bigger than you, there is still a way to win if you use the right technique of body and arm positioning.

  • Lean toward the table, put your right leg in front, and put your right elbow on the table. If you use your left hand, you need to put your left leg in front.

  • Pay attention to the distance between your forearm and your body — it has to be as small as possible. This way you can use not only the force of your hand but also the mass of your body, which will give you an additional advantage.

  • Put your wrist up a little. Your hand will go down, and your opponent’s wrist will bend. This will make them uncomfortable, but your grip will be stronger. If you can’t bend the wrist, just hold it straight.

  • Now when you push, pull your opponent’s arm to you, and move closer and keep pushing with your shoulder. It’s important that you keep your body and forearm close to each other.

  • To defeat your opponent, turn your body a little bit, and push with your shoulder in the necessary direction. Now all you have to do is pull your opponent to you and push down. You win!

3. Pool

Pool is a game that requires training and high concentration. So if you are playing against an experienced opponent, it will be very difficult to win. To increase your chances, stick to some basic rules.

  1. Don’t let your opponent break the pyramid successfully. This is one of the main rules. If you are playing against an experienced player, they might break the pyramid so well that you won’t even get a chance to play in this game. So try to be the first.

  2. Don’t rush. This might sound a little trivial, but most people lose because they try to hit the ball as quickly as possible. Train, aim carefully, and take a close look. Don’t pay attention to your opponent if they ask you to hurry up. This game requires patience.

  3. Hit correctly. If your ball loses the trajectory that you planned, it means that you are not hitting the middle of the ball. Put the cue so that it matches the line of the future hit. If you are right-handed, put your right leg perpendicular to the line and put your left leg forward. Your shoulder, hip, elbow, and chin should be on the same plane.

4. Rock, Paper, Scissors

Many people believe that Rock, Paper, Scissors is a game that consists of absolutely random choices. In fact, you will find it much easier to win if you learn a few psychological tricks.

Scientists from the Experimental Social Science Laboratory of Zhejiang University conducted a huge number of experiments and found some patterns.

  • Most people always start with “rock.” Moreover, men start with “rock” twice as often as women. Many people don’t use the same thing 3 times in a row. So use “paper” 3 times in a row, and you win.

  • People don’t like to be predictable. If your opponent used “rock” twice in a row, it’s very likely that his next move will be “scissors.”

  • Watch your opponent’s fingers. They will tell you which move the opponent is going to make. If all the fingers are tense — “rock.” If all the fingers are relaxed — “paper.” If only 2 fingers are tense, “scissors” is coming.

5. Tic-Tac-Toe

There are many winning strategies in Tic-Tac-Toe, but it’s more than enough to memorize just these 2.

When you make your move first, put your X in a corner. If your opponent puts their O in any place but the middle, you will most likely win the game. Put your cross in any of the free corners. Your opponent will most likely stop your winning combinations and put their O between your Xs.

Now just take one more corner. It doesn’t matter where your opponent puts their O now. You are going to win anyway.

However, if your opponent took the middle after your first move, there is still a way to win.

Just put an X in the corner diagonal to the one you had taken. Now, if your opponent takes one of the free corners, you will win. If they don’t, the game will be a draw.

Bonus: How to always win in a boxing machine bet!

You have probably seen such boxing machines in amusement parks. The rules are usually that you punch the bag and so does the owner of the machine. If you get a higher score, you win a prize. The owners are usually small guys who don’t look like they can win, but they always win anyway. As it turns out, this machine doesn’t react to the force of your punch but to the point where you hit. There is a hidden button in the bag that you must hit to get the highest score. It’s located right in the middle. So now you know the secret, you are going to win every time!

Do you know of any other tricks that could help win these games? Share your secrets in the comment section below!

Illustrated by Alena Tsarkova for Bright Side


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