When people’s hard earned money is at stake, they will say almost anything to convince themselves that their methods are the best. That’s all well and good, as long as you are the only one affected by the malarkey you spit out.
The problems arise when other people begin to heed their “wisdom” and to listen to their delusions.
Players tend to give unsolicited advice on any type of table game or sports bet. When there is a game in a casino, most gamblers have some theories that they would like to share with you, even if those thoughts are not substantive and valid.
If you’ve been to a casino before, you’ve probably heard some of this wise advice. And if you’re like me, unfortunately you took some of it and it cost you money.
While there are several reputable sources that gamblers should consult for thoroughly researched and verified information, the internet and the gambling world are full of ideas that should be avoided.
Here are six common gaming tips and misconceptions that you should ignore.
You will win eventually
When I said I fell for bad advice in the past, I picked up the most devastating wisdom when I started playing. While it stands to reason that most table games are random, and the outcomes are mostly unexpected and unpredictable, there is no reason to believe that you will magically start winning.
Sure, at some point, if you play long enough, you will end up on a bad streak and win a few hands. But as a gamer, the idea that you have to win is absurd and dangerous. The casino doesn’t owe you anything and the gambling gods won’t snap their fingers and hand you some profitable winnings.
Most games of chance, especially several popular casino table games, are completely random and out of your control. If you play roulette and keep throwing money on your lucky number to make it rich, the odds are stacked against you.
When you are losing money at an alarming rate and your bankroll is depleted, you shouldn’t just expect to get out of your losing streak.
Bankrolls are for fools
There is a large sect of gamers who started out during their college years. Once you’re old enough to start gambling, the temptation to dive headfirst into the industry is sometimes too attractive to be offered to miss.
I started playing when I was in college and befriended some of the kids in my dorm who went to the local casino every week.
One thing that struck me straight away was the fact that most young adults under the age of 25 are terrible with money, especially gamers. Because I got used to a community of younger players, I learned the ropes by listening to them.
Casino bankroll management is critical to success and longevity when you first start playing. The idea that you shouldn’t be budgeting your play money effectively is a toxic idea that can get you into trouble quickly.
One of the most common phrases I heard weekly was, “It’s just money, you can’t take it with you.” I adopted this attitude in the early years of gambling and it’s a mistake I wish I could take back.
Before you start playing, make sure you have a good plan for managing your money so that you don’t put yourself in financial danger.
Increase your bets after a loss
If you’re like me, you’ve probably been in the middle of a terrible spell of cold at a blackjack table. These streaks are common in table games and are difficult to explain as a younger player.
You might start to think that the deck is stacked against you or that the casino is cheating. Both ideas are unfounded and imprecise.
The worst thing you can do during one of these cold spells is add fuel to the fire and double or triple your stake to win more cash. If you take a second and analyze your strategic approach to a game, there is a good chance you can pinpoint the problem and fix it.
The only way out of a losing streak is through them. To properly weather the storm you need to make sure that your bets are consistent and that you have enough money in your bankroll to outlast the bad cards. Losing streaks will come to an end one way or another.
Either your fortune is spinning or you get up broke because you’ve doubled your bets when you shouldn’t have. It’s your decision.
Beginner’s luck is real
Once again I have to bring bad news to you and tell you that there is no such thing as a beginner’s luck. Your first trip to a casino may be profitable and you could make some early wins, but they just don’t exist. Most experts believe that this happens because new players have no pressure on the games they are playing and therefore play carefree and relaxed.
That’s not to say that every gamer in the world should play without a care, because even if you get off to a hot start, that too will pass. New players shouldn’t be dissuaded from this reveal as every single table game at the casino has a house edge.
It should just provide more motivation to learn to play and become a better player.
But if it’s your first time at the casino and you don’t seem to be losing, this streak will take you through the night. If some of the older, grumpier players at the table are trying to get in your ear, don’t bother. You are probably just jealous that you are winning.
What happens in the casino stays in the casino
I know the saying goes, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” But for this post, I think it is necessary to include every casino. When you go to a casino to gamble, you usually hope to blow off some steam and take a break from your daily routine.
Every time I go to the casino I try to treat it like a getaway.
When you are in this mindset it is sometimes easy to immerse yourself in the energy of the casino and allow yourself to forget about the worldwide beginning of the tables. While this isn’t that terrifying thing, it is important to remember that your real world problems will not go away while you are playing. Your problems will still persist after you are done playing.
For this reason, it is important to play responsibly. You might consider skipping the free booze and making sure you stay within your means.
I’m all for having a good time playing, but there is no point in sacrificing tomorrow’s happiness by acting stupid.
This slot machine is payable for a win
Perhaps the most common gambling mistake in the world is that slot machines have a jackpot. If you’ve never been to a casino before, I highly recommend walking through the rows of slot machines and opening your ears. Some of the things you are about to hear will be borderline insane.
Slot machines appeal to new, inexperienced gamblers and old school gamblers who have never bothered to try their luck at the tables. They can be boring, isolating, and monotonous.
If you mindlessly push buttons or pull the levers on the machine, you can convince yourself that you must make a big profit.
It is common for some of the more experienced slot players to walk through the casino floor and wait for someone to get up from a machine that has not hit in a while. Some players think machines reward those who stay long enough and time the machines just right.
This can happen once in a blue moon, but the slots are completely random. So don’t assume that they’ll suddenly reward you with a jackpot.
Players are big fans of repeating the same betting delays to anyone who listens to them. Whether you are winning or a novice always seems to be very lucky, these baseless assumptions should be shaken off.
Some of these claims might be fun to delve into, especially if it convinces you to be part of some mistakes that most savvy veterinarians find inadvisable. Some of these tips are harmless in nature, but others can be detrimental to your financial and physical wellbeing.
Before playing, make sure your head is straight and avoid falling for any of these fallacies. Always manage your bankroll responsibilities and never assume that you will win a hand because it is due.