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Your brain on gambling: Why we keep betting even when the chips are down

I had a funny thing happen to me the other day. I was in Las Vegas playing baccarat. Turns out, the game is really simple: There is no skill to it, and all you have to do is flip the cards over and pretend to be lucky. I was having a hell of a time with it – great fun and even greater luck, and ended up with a pile of chips on my table.

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