I once read a self-help book called “Why Your Life Sucks” by Alan H Cohen. I guess I was in a dark place, or maybe looking for a different perspective on things. In any case, it was really quite good and pointed out many life “wake-up calls” to help us enjoy the life you were meant to live. It’s funny and informative, but most of all, it forces you re-evaluate the choices you have made, and how you can make better choices in the future.
So, I was thinking, “how many people leave the casino grumpy, as if losing is a huge surprise.”
Even the plane ride home from Vegas is so quiet and sullen compared to the excitement and hope on ride out there. Go figure….
So, does your gambling suck? Maybe it’s because you don’t embrace the realities of the gambling industry. Here’s some quotes from the book that may have implications about your gambling experience:
1) “Fortune isn’t something that happens to you, it is something you create”
So, you really think that recreational gambling is going to get you millions? I don’t think so. But, there are things you can do that will enhance your visits, like:
- Know the best strategy for the games you play
- Take advantage of free play and multiplier reward points / tier points days
- Don’t overplay you bankroll to gain higher status. Keep to your bankroll.
2) “Don’t get involved in the dark side” of gaming.
Guess what, the gambling industry is a business and like any other business, it needs to make money to continue. So:
- don’t expect perks that you don’t earn
- don’t expect the casino to ensure your winning because you’re a good customer, and
- expect loses.
- And stop thinking conspiracy and fixed machines. Look up what a random number generator does (RNG) , and how the house advantage is built in without switching machine computer chips or throwing that famous “switch upstairs” that immediately changes machines from loose to tight. In other words, be knowledgeable about the industry instead of continuing myths and superstitions to make you the unsuspecting victim. “It’s not personal, it’s business.”
3) “It’s not what happens to you that counts, it’s what you make of what happens”
- Enjoy the wins.
- Enjoy casino employees who know the meaning of good service and are friendly.
- Enjoy the excitement of breaking even – yes even. By breaking even, you’ve beaten the house advantage. Sure, it’s not what we are all looking for, but if you play for a few hours and break even, be happy for the free entertainment, the rewards points you’ve accumulated, and the free beverages you’ve consumed.
Now, back to the casino, but this time with an open mind, an awareness of the business and new flexible expectations. Acceptance could be the key to a happier gambling experience.
That’s all for now.