Do people really make resolutions and stick to them? C’mon now – really? We make resolutions on January 1st with all good intentions. We really do! They represent hope – change for the better – improvement. Here are twelve gambling resolutions for the new year, courtesy of the Casino Answer Man, – John Grochowski. Please note John’s acknowledgements at the end of his article. Here they are, your Gamblers New Year Resolutions.
GAMBLING NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS – Part 1
Know what you can spend. a very important part of your Gamblers New Year Resolutions. If you have a winning session, great! Stick to your limit. When losses approach the amount you’re willing to spend, slow down. Take a timeout, get a snack – people watch! If you hit your limit, it’s time to stop
2) I Will Respect Other Players Space and Focus on Mine
Do your homework and learn the games. And don’t be a pain in the #$% to the dealer and staff. Remember, keep unsolicited advice to yourself.
3) I Will Take the Time to Learn the games:
A little homework goes a long way in helping to cut the odds against you at casino games. Learn basic strategy in blackjack and for each video poker game you play. Know the rules and best bets in craps. No matter your game of choice, buy a good book and read about the best methods of play. If you have to ask a stranger about the game or machine, chances are you shouldn’t be gambling.
4) Keep Part of My Winnings is Imperative
Your winnings are just that – YOUR WINNINGS. On any sizable win, put at least half of it away. Even better, keep part of your winnings for your next session.
GAMBLING NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS – Part 2
5) Log My Gambling.
Keeping track of your gambling. Time spent, casinos visited, promotions used, and money won/lost, are the things to log.. Patterns of losing play, or machines played, indicate that changes are needed.
6) Play With Money I can Afford to Lose:
This is obvious. Play with money budgeted for gambling, not for life’s necessities.7) Never chase losses:
Never play past your bankroll to overcome losses. You’re never “due” to win, and wins and losses don’t have to even out in the time we play. A losing streak means it’s time to ease back or quit, not bet more.
8) I Won’t use Credit Card Cash Advances for my Bankroll:
Think the house edge is high on some games? Try comparing it to credit card interest rates. The house edge added to interest on borrowed money and ATM fees — that’s a tough combination to overcome. Bring your cash, or if you’re a big player, get your marker from the casino. Hide those credit cards and ATM card in your car.
GAMBLING NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS – Part 3
9) Go easy on the Alcohol:
Don’t let alcohol make your judgement fuzzy. If you want to have a drink while you play, that’s your business. Have a good time, but keep a clear head, too.
10) Keep Perspective and play for Fun:
Keep perspective and play for fun. This is probably the most important Gamblers New Year Resolutions of them all. Gambling in a casino is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Only a handful of blackjack and video poker players have the skill, discipline and bankroll to enable them to make money in the long run. Most of us will lose more than we win at any game. Most players are best off to treat losses as the price of admission for a day’s entertainment. Casino gambling is a form of entertainment, a way to have a good time. Remember, it’s not about luck, or casino conspiracies – it’s all about math + science = house edge.
11) Pay Attention to TITO Tickets and Belongings in the Casino.
Be careful with your money. There are people out there who look to take other players money, TITO vouchers (TITO = Ticket In, Ticket Out) purses and more. That’s their job! Be careful out there and be aware of those around you.
12) Be More Aware of My Rewards Account.
Remember, all rewards clubs have different rules. 1 point in one club equals $1, but other clubs have 100 points equaling $1. Take advantage of Players Club promotions – especially 2X & 3X (or more) points days. Be aware of when your points expire.
I’m sure there are more. Whatever your resolutions may be, I hope you keep them as long as possible. I hope your New year is a prosperous one – make 2017 the best gaming experience yet. Get that royal!
That’s all for now.