René Descartes and Gambling

Did you know that the famous scientist René Descartes was a really  zealous gambler? I can argue that no! He used his knowledge to win in card games. Let’s find out how he succeeded.

In the history of philosophy, this scientist is famous for the phrase “I think, therefore, I exist.” And it was this expression that passed through all the years of Descartes’ activity. It also touched his playing life.

In fact, Descartes had two hobbies: science and card games. During his lifetime, he rarely thought to abandon research and completely devote himself to gambling. After all, gambling  brought him good incomes. But, science still won, and today we know him as an outstanding philosopher and scientist.

Despite his studies in science, Descartes did not stop visiting gambling establishments. In addition, he was a client of exchanges, where he was also considered one of the most successful players.

Entering the gambling establishment of Paris, Descartes easily emptied the pockets of his opponents  in card battles. Such cases, when he left gambling institution with empty pockets were very rare. You will say, that he was just lucky, right? I have to disappoint you.

Descartes was a rational, thinking person. He had everything built on mathematical calculation and realism. And that’s what he used during his games.

The philosopher easily calculated every turn, watching the cards and players in general. Using his own theories, he drew in mind combinations that should lead to a win. Due to this strategy , Descartes studied psychology, which allowed him to “read” player’s cards. Looking at their faces, the scientist understood what cards were on their hands. As a result, wealth constantly accompanied to him.

Gambling enthralled him so much, that the scientist even conducted a real scientific study of gambling. It describes everything about gambling and why it is so interesting to others.

For Descartes, any card game was interesting not for a prize. He liked to do mathematical calculations. Thanks to his logic and intellect, he learned to count cards with extraordinary accuracy. And this passion has survived until the end of the scientist’s life.