6 Skills Every Gambler Must Have If They Want to Win

Gamblers Sitting Around a Roulette Wheel

Like most people, I like to have control in as many areas of my life as possible. While there will always be some things you can’t control, there are also many things that you can control, if you know how.

Gambling results are something that don’t appear to be in your control, but winning gamblers know this isn’t true. Winning gamblers do have some control over their results. The key is learning how that’s possible.

The best way is by identifying the right skills and improving upon them. Here’s a list of six strategies you need to improve.

1 – Gambling Research Skills

Building and improving your gambling skills starts with acquiring knowledge. This is why research skills are so important.

The first step is learning enough to understand that you have control over your results when you gamble. In other words, you don’t have to rely on chance or luck.

After learning that you can control your gambling results, your research needs to be focused in two different areas. The first area is finding the best games and/or bets. The second area is finding out the best way to play these games or make these bets.

Only a small number of gambling games or bets give you a real chance to win. If you’re playing any other games or making any other bets, you don’t have any chance to win in the long run. Identifying these games and profitable wagers is your first research job.

When you know which bets to make and which games to play, the only thing left to do is learn the right way to place them and play the games. This requires learning how to use strategy and advantage techniques.

Don’t try to take a shortcut when it comes to research. The more research you conduct, the more you’re going to win.

2 – Gambling Discipline

Discipline is more important than just about anyone thinks. This is particularly true if you want to win when you gamble, but it’s also important in most important areas of your life.

Poker is one of the options in gambling that offers a path to ongoing profit. But you have to avoid playing weak hands if you want to win. The problem is that you can sit a long time between good hands, and this gets boring fast. You have to be disciplined to keep from playing more hands because you want more action.

Blackjack is another good option for gamblers who want to win. But you have to be disciplined enough to never play in bad games, always use the right strategy, and work on your card counting skills until they’re perfect.

Online Blackjack

You also have to be disciplined enough to never make bets or play games that you can’t beat. It doesn’t matter if a game is fun; you can’t ever play it if you can’t win.

Finally, you have to be disciplined enough to find a winning plan and stick with it no matter what happens.

3 – Controlling Your Emotions

Emotions cost gamblers as much money as anything else. When you let your emotions control what you do when you gamble, you make mistakes.

Every type of gambling that you can beat can be boiled down to math in one way or another. As you learn exactly how math works in each gambling option, and learn how to use the math to make the most profitable play in every situation, then anything other than these things that you do is a mistake.

Emotion is what makes gamblers press their bets to try to win back money they lose. Emotion is what makes poker players bet like a maniac after they take a bad beat.

Controlling your emotions is included in discipline, but it’s such a big problem for some gamblers that it requires a special section in this article.

I use math to make every gambling decision, but I still have to keep a close eye on my emotions. I just can’t let emotions change the way I gamble.

What this means is that you can’t eliminate having emotions when you gamble, but you can learn how to control your emotions.

4 – Patience

Gamblers who want to win have to understand the importance of waiting for the right situation before they start gambling. You only have a few opportunities to have an advantage, and you can’t afford to waste money while you’re looking for these opportunities.

For example, when you play blackjack, you have to find a table with the right set of rules. You can’t afford to play at any other table.

People Sitting at Table With Dealers Hand On Table

If you’re playing poker, your opponents are the most important variable. When you find a poker table with poker players who can’t play as well as you, then you’re going to win. You have to be patient until you find a profitable table.

Sports and horse gamblers have to resist the temptation to make bets on games or races where they don’t find value. You have to be willing not to bet on too many games or too many races.

Once you learn how to find situations in gambling where you have an edge, you need to spend all or your time focusing on finding these situations. You also need to conserve your money so you can make the maximum amount of profit when you locate profitable opportunities.

When it comes to gambling, your patience will be rewarded with higher profits.

5 – Basic Gambling Math Skills

Basic gambling math skills are so important that the odds of winning without them are almost nonexistent. In other words, if you refuse to build your basic gambling math skills, you’re never going to win.

This doesn’t mean that you have to have a degree in mathematics or know how to do calculus. But you do have to learn how to use and understand the mathematical principles that gambling games run on.

For example, you need to learn how basic odds work, especially when it comes to a deck of cards. The good news is that this isn’t extremely hard if you put in a little time studying and practicing.

You also need to understand the house edge and return to player percentage and why these numbers are important.

I know that some people are afraid to use math. They think that it’s intimidating. But you have a choice to make if you want to win when you gamble. You can ignore the math and continue losing, or you can learn as much as you can about gambling math and use it to help you win.

6 – Gambling Monetary Skills

In the business world, you often hear a saying about how you need money to make money. While this isn’t always true in the business world, it is true when you gamble. The simple truth is that you have to have money to risk if you want to win money.

For example, you find a gambling opportunity where you have a 70% chance to win. How much money do you want to bet on this opportunity?

You want to bet as much money as you can without putting your ability to make other bets in the future in jeopardy. You have a strong chance to win, but you’re still going to lose 30% of the time.

Casino Chips on a Roulette Table

The answer to this question isn’t easy. But the fact is that if you have no money to bet with, you can’t take advantage of this situation.

You can use something called a risk of ruin calculation to determine the best amount to bet in a situation like the one in the example. But that’s not the point of this section.

The point is that you have to have a bankroll to gamble with and you need to learn the most effective way to use and protect your bankroll if you want to win.

Our Final Thoughts

Winning gamblers have skills that losing gamblers either don’t have or don’t use. But you can develop these skills if you’re serious about winning.

While each of the six skills listed in this article are important, there are a couple skills that are more important than the others. You’re not going to be a winning gambler with strong discipline and strong research skills.

You can continue letting chance dictate your gambling results, or you can start working on the skills you need to become a more successful gambler. The choice is yours, but it doesn’t take a lot of extra work to start building the skills you need. You just learned the six main skills you need to work on, so don’t wait another minute.