“3 Reasons Your Gambling Session Sucks” looks into how your attitude can change your casino experience for good. It’s is inspired by a self-help book that can be applied to recreational gambling. “Why Your Life Sucks” by Alan H. Cohen enquires about life’s “wake-up calls” to enjoy life. You can apply Cohen’s in-your-face, no-hype guide to getting happy with your gambling life. It’s a funny, informative book and helps you re-evaluate the choices you make.
After reading it, (not that life sucks during the pandemic or anything), I felt that Alan H. Cohen’s outlook might help recreational gamblers. I asked myself, “how many people leave the casino grumpy as if losing at the casino is a huge surprise.” Subsequently, here are Three Reality Checks For Recreational Gamblers.
When Your Gambling Session Sucks
Embrace the gambling industry’s realities. Your casino session is always going to be “hunky-dory.” Take a look at your casino trips differently with these three suggestions.
Three Reasons Your Gambling Session Suck
1) “Fortune isn’t something that happens to you, it is something you help create”
The first of 3 reasons your gambling session sucks depends on your thoughts and feelings before you play. Many recreational gamblers think each visit entitles them to a winning session. As a result, players leave the casino disappointed, unhappy, or even angry at the casino. But some elements will enhance your visits.
As a rule, know your games and the best strategy for them. Take advantage of free play and multiplier days. These advantages increase the “fun” value with potential longer & more profitable sessions. However, the most important advice to limit your session’s “suckiness” is don’t overplay your bankroll to gain higher status. Keep to your bankroll.
Cousin Vito’s Podcast always ends with a quote from Vito’s cousin and personal “friend” Roman Statesman Seneca. Believe it!
2) Don’t Chase Your Losses, Be Prepared and Accept The House Edge
Don’t get involved in the dark side of gaming. The gambling industry is a business, and businesses must make money. As a result, you’re not entitled to win. The house edge is a reality to ensure the industry’s success. Don’t expect perks that you don’t earn, and don’t expect the casino to ensure your winning because you’re a good customer. Expect losses and accept the cyclic patterns of winning and losing that occur naturally and unpredictably.
Stop thinking conspiracy. The house advantage is built-in due to math and probability. Believing myths and superstitions to make yourself the poor victim only takes away from a positive experience.
Getting caught in Gambler’s fallacy can turn into a spiral of self-doubt and bad strategy. Don’t make the false assumption that if a certain event/effect occurs repeatedly, the opposite is bound to occur soon. Chasing losses because you are “due” to hit something is very dangerous. It’s not true.
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3) Your Viewpoint of Your Session Is What Counts
“Yes, your thoughts betray you.”Darth Vadar, Return Of The Jedi
“Search your feelings; you know it to be true.” The fact is, you control your thoughts and feelings even when your session sucks. You can choose to enjoy and learn from the experience or complain and look for pity from anyone who will listen. Complaining makes you the victim of the big bad casino again. Making yourself miserable makes you that “no-fun” guy.
If you want your family and friends to ask you along again, be as positive as possible. Enjoy the wins. Laugh at the losses and chalk it up to “maybe next time.”
By the way, enjoy the excitement of breaking even – yes even. By breaking even, you’ve beaten the house advantage. If you play for a few hours and break even, you’d had free entertainment, accumulated rewards points, and probably had a free beverage or more. And your bankroll is still intact for another gambling session. Thus, you win.
Embrace the Math, Not the Myth.
Now, back to the casino. But this time, don’t let your feelings betray you. Go with the flow.