888poker Study Claims UK is the Luckiest Country

The definition of luck, or chance, differs depending on many factors including the religious and emotional context of the one interpreting it. Finding a four-leaf clover is often considered lucky for the person who finds it, while the number 13 and black cats have long been associated with bad luck.

Luck, or chance, plays a major role in the short-term success of a poker player. While more skillful players win more money than their lesser skilled counterparts over a massive sample size, the skill factor can often be all but cancelled out by luck in a small sample size.

888poker knows a thing or two about luck with it running the second-largest online poker site in the world so it makes sense for them to create a study that considers how Lady Luck shines down on various countries around the world.

Six metrics were used to measure how lucky a country was. These were:

  • Number of Summer Olympic Gold medals
  • Total number of Winter & Summer Olympic Gold medals
  • Number of sporting achievements
  • Average amount of rainfall (mm depth per year)
  • Number of reality TV show winners
  • Largest lottery win amount

The study found that the United Kingdom is the luckiest country in the world followed by the United States of America, Italy, France and Japan, with Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and Brazil being on the wrong side of the lucky league.

Rank Country Summer Medals Total Medals Sporting Events Rainfall (mm) TV Shows Lottery Win
1 UK 263 873 73 1220 74 $260 million
2 USA 1022 2802 92 715 34 $1.5864 billion
3 Italy 206 691 8 832 38 $248 million
4 France 212 824 16 867 58 $31 million
5 Japan 142 484 3 1668 1 $1.14 billion
6 Egypt 7 29 1 51 23 n/a
7 Germany 191 824 19 700 25 $67 million
8 India 9 28 2 1083 65 $3.456 million
9 Turkey 39 94 0 593 10 n/a
10 Russia 148 555 14 460 20 $4.77 million
11 Iran 18 68 0 228 0 n/a
12 South Africa 25 86 0 495 23 $7.3 million
13 Ethiopia 22 53 0 848 10 n/a
14 Mexico 13 67 0 758 6 n/a
15 Pakistan 3 10 4 494 0 n/a
16 Nigeria 3 24 0 1150 4 n/a
17 China 227 597 2 645 9 $3.9 million
18 Brazil 30 128 11 1761 18 $72.58 million
19 Thailand 9 31 0 1622 9 $83,265
20 Vietman 1 4 0 1821 3 n/a
21 Phillipines 0 10 0 2348 20 $16.7 million
22 Indonesia 7 30 0 2702 6 n/a

Head to 888poker’s infographic to see the formula used to calculate the lucky countries rankings

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