Zen and The Art of Casino Gambling

Zen and the Art of Casino Gambling is a great book at a time when we have plenty of time to think about gambling when the casinos are closed. One of my favorite books, “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.” by Robert M. Pirsig. One of my favorite quotes from the book is, “The truth knocks on the door, and you say, “Go away, I’m looking for the truth,” and so it goes away“… perfect for gamblers mired in casino conspiracies to take your money.

Finally, in 1995, “Zen and the Art of Casino Gambling” was written by Miron Stabinsky & Jeremy Silman. It was informative, amusing, and different from the usual “how-to” gambling book. Ideally, “valuable insight into the little-understood aspects of recreational gambling proved to inspire you to consider your own approach to gambling. Indeed, “maintaining the proper psychological and emotional balance” provides a happier gambling experience.

In this time of staying home and social distancing, I have a suggestion. Find a comfy place to sit and read Zen and the Art of Casino Gambling.

A different approach to gambling success
A different approach to gambling success

Important Topics

Topics included in the book are:

  • Basic Rules & Strategies for Craps, Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Slots, & Video Poker
  • Psychology of the Successful Player
  • Realizing what you Control
  • Money Management
  • Determining your credit/budget line

But the best parts are interesting and entertaining quotes and anecdotes.

Quotes & Stories from Zen and Casino Gambling

Concerning Money Management, “He who remains in his center, endures.”  In other words, stop when your session is done and either you’ve won enough, or you have lost your daily bankroll.

Concerning Player Psychology, Oscar Wilde once said, “I can resist everything except temptation.”

Can Zen and the Art of Gambling help your temptation
Can Zen and the Art of Gambling help your temptation?

Concerning Player Psychology, “Disgrace is a fantasy that should be embraced. Misfortune is part of the human condition.” In other words, “Don’t let your ego make you play beyond your means.  When you resume playing another visit, you will realize how unimportant your previous anger in losing really was.

I like this one – “An optimist is a man who has never had much experience.”  In other words, If you have the advice to give, do so only if asked. Besides,  you most likely need more practice and more experience anyway.  Then and only then will you realize offers without being asked is just a bad idea.

Final Thought

“I do not emulate the sages; I do not take pride in my own spirit.” – Ancient Zen Koan.  Gambler’s translation – Anyone can learn the basics of gaming strategy. Being egotistical about something you have no control over is the height of foolishness.

Don’t be foolish.  Make this book a staple in your gambling library.

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