If I were Doctor Who and could travel forward in time; if I could know which horse will win at the end of the race or where the roulette ball will drop when the wheel stops—bingo! I'll never lose a bet in my life. Is there really a way to know the future and win bets? Let's take a look. Psychic abilities If you have a friend or family member with psychic abilities, or you are psychic yourself, consider yourself lucky. Paranormal powers are subtle and metaphysical, so they are in direct conflict with everything material and physical. What this means is that you need to reduce the influence of physical factors in order to let your psychic side shine. Detach yourself from the world. Be oblivious to winning or losing and empty your mind of distracting thoughts. See what comes into your mind without being judgemental or biased. Do not play for real, just practice for some time and see how well you can predict the outcome of a race, roulette spin, or dice game. Astrology Astrology is especially popular among sports bettors. People who believe astrology can help them win bets draw astrological charts for the captains and major players of the most favourite teams. They match the names and dates of birth of these players with the movement of the stars, trying to determine how they will play on the date and time of the match. You can also use some online astrology sites to run a report on captains and players by entering their names and DOBs, and get a prediction on how lucky the match day will be for them, and for you. Spirits Alright, I know this is getting weird already, but there are people who claim spirits help them win bets. Communication with spirits is possible through meditation, mystics believe. If you have a friend or a helpful spirit on the 'other side', you can be tipped off about where to place your bets. Apart from spirits, there are other paranormal entities like ghosts, which can be controlled through painstaking efforts. Controlling and conversing with such paranormal beings is harder than most people think. It is often tricky to decipher what the paranormal entity is suggesting. However, if someone can conquer a spirit or a ghost, that person can become a very lucky gambler. Aliens People claim they were abducted by aliens who performed experiments on them. Aliens are supposed to advanced life-forms with extraordinary technological and psychic powers. If there are aliens among us, as movies like Men In Black would have us believe, they might already be frequenting casinos and winning. The famous yet obscure Roselli Brothers who pulled off the greatest gambling scam of all times might have been aliens; who knows? Animals Who can forget Paul the Octopus, the animal oracle that was used to predict the outcome of 2010 World Cup Football matches? Paul was presented with food containers, each bearing the flag of a football team playing in an upcoming match. He predicted the results of 11 out of 13 fixtures accurately, striking a success rate of 85%. In 2011, a sheep in New Zealand became famous for correctly predicting Rugby World Cup results. Inspired by Paul's success, more than 10 animals including an otter, an elephant, a pig and a couple of cows were used for Euro 2012. Many people believe their pets are psychic and can talk to ghosts. It seems animals have a thing for sports betting too. The key to success with the paranormal is that the predictor should be as dissociated as possible from the outcome of the event they are predicting. Tainting the neutrality of the oracle can influence the accuracy of the prediction.