Changing Your Gambling Plan at the Casino

This week is Responsible Gaming Education Week. After waiting for New England’s casinos to reopen, excitement might just spill over into poor gambling decisions. Subsequently, NETimeGambling pauses to reflect on responsible gaming. In short, The American Gaming Association cares about customers and problem gambling. To end the week, here is Changing Your Gambling Plan at the Casino.

Related Post – 4 Steps For A Responsible Casino Game Plan.

Changing Your Gambling Plan at the Casino

Are you focused on your Gambling Plan when you visit the casino?  Do you even have a plan at all?  You should.

What’s the Gambling Plan, Stan?

Before you go to your favorite gambling palace, considerate deciding the following before you get there:

  1. Before you leave, did you decide on your bankroll?
  2. If the casino has multiple areas, floors or casinos, where will you start?
  3. What game will you play first?
  4. Approximately, how long will your session last?

Are You a Casino Slot Sybil?

I was recently read over John Grochowski’s article “The Casino Slot Sybil.” which got me thinking, “Are there two personalities battling inside me when I enter a casino?”

John writes, “My casino play has a bit of a split personality. Multiple personalities, to be more accurate. When I’m playing for my personal recreation, I want games that give me the best shot to win.”

Sometimes, a different casino personality emerges. It’s when fun and risk take over. Unfortunately, there are times that they both show up.

Are You a True Gambler or a Risk Taker?

In my humble opinion, a true gambler is one who plays using the best strategy, the best odds, and the best overall advantage.  I play Video Poker and I try to find the best paytables where ever I play.  I will even go out of my way to visit a different casino with better VP.  So, why will I play the an old Cleo II slot machine for hours?

It’s an interesting two-face approach for many of us. Do you go through this scenario in head like I do?

“Today, I only play the best video poker paytables, 3/2 Blackjack (single deck of course),  and $5 dollar 3-reel slots.” Then, like a dog seeing a squirrel, you tell yourself ”  Oh, look, the newest Wizard of Oz Progressive!”  (as I run over to the slot’s last seat!)

Made Plan, Change Of Plan

Stepping into a casino can make a person fickle – okay, it makes ME fickle.  Here are a few more examples of self-thought, Changing Your Gambling Plan at the Casino.

Made Plan – Play full pay 8/5 Bonus video poker at X Casino
Change of Plan – Play 7/5 Draw poker because the bar has a great beer menu.

Made Plan – I’ll just stop by the casino, have a nice meal on my $20 voucher and go home!
Change of plan – I’ll just play $20 more in this slot on my way out! Ok, maybe I need more than $20.  Where’s the ATM in this place?

Made Plan – I’ll take a break after two hours of strategic play and go make a good choice for lunch.
Change of plan – I play 4 hours straight and settle for three Krispy Kreme Donuts on my way out!

The Draw

Gambling can be very exciting. In short, gambling is fun. Or, it can be relaxing, social, or act as a personal getaway. But, make a plan before you go. Stick to it and your bankroll. Let’s keep recreational gambling, well, recreational!


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