Almost everyone struts into the casino with one goal in mind: walking out with more money in their pocket. However, this is rarely the case.
It’s not often that slots players or video poker enthusiasts walk away with a pocket full of cash. Not only is there a house edge to keep in mind, but luck has a little something to do with every gaming session.
Despite our determination to walk away ahead, we often stay to the bitter end. Here are seven ways to know when to call it quits at the casino.
1 – You Lose Your Allotted Bankroll
Anytime you step foot inside a casino, you need to know exactly how much you can afford to lose. For example, on a five-day casino trip, your budget may be $500. So, you can afford to lose $100 each day.
Once your $100 is gone, you’re done for the day. Luckily, casinos offer a seemingly endless offering of activities to keep you entertained for the time not spent on the casino floor.
Here’s a simple rule you can follow: No trips to the ATM, no matter what!
This leads me to rule number two: Never borrow money from friends or family in the casino. If you don’t have it, you can’t afford it!
Stick to the budget you make for yourself before you leave the house. Not only will you feel a sense of accomplishment from avoiding the temptation to double down, but you’ll also save a significant amount of money.
2 – You Start to Feel Angry
It’s a good idea to call it quits when you feel yourself becoming very angry.
Getting frustrated can happen pretty easily in the casino, but only if you enter with unrealistic expectations.
The entire purpose of casino gambling is entertainment. You give the casino money, and in exchange, they provide you with entertainment. Understanding this simple truth will do wonders for your overall enjoyment. It’s incredibly difficult to become angry when you’re having fun.
I am what some people call “hypercompetitive.” I will give 100% effort in any competition or game I enter. Why am I this way? I think winning is fun, and losing is terrible. I cannot stand to lose at anything.
I’m not sure if this is somehow ingrained in my DNA or if it’s learned behavior. Neither of my parents is of the same competitive variety. Because of this, I’m forced to not take myself so seriously in the casino. I look around at a sea of faces smiling, laughing, and losing.
How can this be? I certainly wish I could be so happy about losing at a game, even if the game is designed for me to lose. It does show me one thing, though: Clearly, I’m the problem.
Otherwise, casinos would be empty, and the few that huddled around the tables would be miserable.
Don’t spoil anyone’s fun time by verbally berating the casino staff (which I have NEVER done, thankfully) or generally moping around.
When you feel frustration or anger creeping in, step out for some fresh air. You don’t have to walk far in Las Vegas to see something that will make you thankful for what you have.
3 – When You Meet Your Time Limit
Many responsible gamblers will set time limits for how long they can spend at the tables or slots.
Look, casinos use psychological tricks to make the time fly by. Don’t believe me? Next time you’re in the casino, find a clock or peek outside to see how much daylight is left.
How long you should allow yourself to gamble will vary based on a few factors. The most important variable is your overall health. If you enjoy an active lifestyle and eat well, it’s no secret that you’ll have increased endurance.
Blackjack, on the other hand, can completely sap your energy. Basic strategy requires staying on top of not only your hand, but the dealer’s as well.
If you’re counting cards, the fatigue may rapidly approach. Not only are you keeping a running count at all times, but you also have the constant threat of receiving an ominous tap on the shoulder.
Set a time limit for yourself and stick to it. The casino will be waiting for you after a meal and a nap.
4 – If You Aren’t Having Fun
If you aren’t having fun at a casino, you’re doing it wrong.
Casinos are giant playgrounds for adults. You obviously are in the casino to have a great time. So, if you find yourself not enjoying the experience or growing bored, it’s time to hit the trail.
A good way to break up the monotony of a casino session is by switching up games. Taking a break from your usual favorites to learn a new game can shift your entire attitude.
You’ll suddenly be forced into interacting with the dealer and other players as you work to pick the game up. Usually, your expectations will also shift dramatically when you learn a new game. Of course, you aren’t expected to win the first time you play.
Taking the stress of winning out of the equation is a fantastic way to lighten the mood.
Remember, you’re in the casino to have fun. Place your emphasis on having a good time, and if you win a little money, great.
5 – You Begin Gambling With Money Allocated for Other Expenses
Spending your week’s grocery budget goes beyond “time to leave.” Gambling addiction affects millions of Americans each year.
If you begin spending money set aside for bills or living expenses in the casino, call it quits. Every gambler has a bankroll, and they should gamble with only that money. Unfortunately, some gamblers find it difficult to stop.
They will gamble their rent money, take out predatory loans, and even cash out retirement accounts to keep the action moving.
Let me assure you that while it theoretically can be, it almost assuredly will be lost in short order.
Don’t convince yourself that you can get it all back with one big bet either. More often than not, you’re going to rack up even more losses.
6 – You Overdid It on the Free Drinks
One of the preferred casino comps for many gamblers is free drinks. Ironically, it may very well be one of the casino’s most profitable ploys. By keeping the booze flowing, players stay in chairs.
While the alcohol certainly lessens the sting of losing, it can also lead to irresponsible gameplay. A fine line exists between loosened inhibitions and clouded judgment.
Yes, making poor plays and careless bets will have a certain sting the next morning. But if you won’t call it quits for your own good, do it for the other casino patrons. Believe it or not, you’re not the charmer you think you are when you’re drunk.
Nobody wants to be at a table with someone causing a scene or being aggressive. Save money and save face. When you missed the sweet spot and can no longer maintain your behavior at an appropriate level, call it a night.
7 – You Put Gambling Ahead of Responsibilities
Skirting your responsibilities to gamble is a serious warning sign of problem gambling.
Call it quits if you are regularly missing work to hit the casino. Skipping your son’s concert recital to hit the craps table may be an indication of a legitimate problem.
Relationships have been severely damaged, and careers have crashed from this type of gambling behavior.
This can be a fantastic tool if you become angered and start to chase losses also. However, its primary function is a self-diagnosis tool for those who believe they may have a problem.
These seven ways to know when to call it quits are sure to improve any recreational gambler’s casino experience. The key to casino gambling is truly just to enjoy yourself.
If you’re not enjoying the casino environment, then call it quits and come back another day. Hit the golf course, get a massage, or catch a show instead.
And if you think you may have a gambling problem, know that you’re not alone. Approximately 1% to-3% of adults in the United States engage in problem gambling. You’ll find a multitude of resources available online.
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