The 7 Worst Parts of Learning to Gamble

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It makes no difference where or when you learn to gamble, whether it’s at a casino, on your computer, or in a variety of other locations. The learning process is an experience that is quite similar for most gamblers.

Through trials and tribulations, success, and (mostly) failure, rookie players can grow into a more well-rounded gambler who deserves to have a seat at any casino table.

Hopefully, the process results in eventual profit. But some might find the endeavor to be fruitless and unnecessarily complicated.

Let’s face it, learning about casinos and games can be more intense than an outsider might expect, as there are several pitfalls that gamblers often run into.

While they are certainly possible to navigate around, some might not have what it takes. Here are the seven worst parts of learning to gamble.

1 ‒ It Can Be an Expensive Process

There are a few things everyone should be aware of before they decide to learn to gamble.

One of the most important things is that gambling can be a very expensive activity, especially for rookies. There are several factors that contribute to this:

  • Every casino game is different, each with various rules and strategies
  • Casinos can distract players and lure them into a false sense of comfortability
  • New players are incredibly impressionable and gullible
  • The gambling industry romanticizes extravagant spending habits

When you think about the costs associated with gambling, it’s easy to see how expenses can quickly pile up.

Many people don’t have the good fortune of living close to casinos, meaning they’re more of a destination outing or vacation spot. Travel expenses, lodging, food, and other entertainment expenses must be accounted for.

Then, you get to the question of how much you plan to spend gambling. The issue many players face is that they don’t consider their bankroll, or gambling budget, as a potential sunk cost.

Instead, many new players assume that they can take an initial “investment” and easily double or triple it. However, that’s rarely the case for people who couldn’t tell you the difference between blackjack and poker.

2 ‒ Terrible Advice Is Common in Casinos

As I mentioned in the previous point, a majority of amateurs are far too impressionable for their own good. You might not consider yourself to be a gullible person, but casinos often bring that out of people.

You see, being a novice inside a casino can be a disorienting and uncomfortable experience. Someone who has never gambled before likely has no idea what they’re doing or how casinos function.

So, a logical response is to see what other players are doing and follow suit. While this isn’t the worst tactic, it can present some issues for gamblers.

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By mirroring the moves of other gamblers, you run the risk of making the same mistakes as them. The average gambler often lacks skill and will most likely not win money.

These same gamblers can also extend an olive branch to people they perceive to be less skilled than themselves. While the act itself might be kind, the advice that follows can be questionable at best.

When learning to play games, it’s best to cross-check and verify all advice you pick up at the casino tables. It might seem like other players are qualified to assist you, but there’s no telling whether or not they are experienced enough to do so.

3 ‒ Irresponsible Gambling Habits Are Tough to Break

Another issue that comes with modeling your gambling behavior after another person is the tendency to form bad habits. Once a bad habit is formed, especially early on in your gambling experience, it can be hard to break it.

These habits can be as simple and relatively harmless as playing a blackjack hand incorrectly, or as devastating as developing poor money management habits.

Unfortunately, novices are often naive and don’t know any better. When you first start gambling, it’s impossible to know who you can trust and who you should avoid listening to.

To combat this nightmare of a scenario, gamblers must make sure to vet all information and practices that are offered to them.

The ideal solution to the problem is to do some reading and research before you gamble. Consider reading about particular games and specific strategies that can steer you in the right direction.

More importantly, beginners must respect the rules, regulations, and etiquette inside the casino. A failure to do so is arguably more destructive than demonstrating your strategic deficiencies around the table.

4 ‒ Learning to Manage Your Bankroll

If you learn nothing else today, pay close attention to the following bit of information.

The single most significant and prevalent issue that gets new players in trouble is their inability to stick to a firm budget. Bankroll management is a skill every successful gambler must have in their arsenal.

Without a sound bankroll management strategy in place, an undisciplined gambler can transform small problems into catastrophic nightmares.

This might seem a bit overdramatic, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen someone completely drain their bank account in a matter of minutes.

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Fortunately, developing disciplined spending habits at a casino is quite simple. If you only bring a certain amount of money to the casino and leave all credit cards at home, you can’t overspend.

For those thinking this seems like an elementary approach to bankroll management, you’re correct. However, this simple system is one of the most effective ways that gamblers can learn how to keep their gambling in check.

5 ‒ Casinos Typically Crush Inexperienced Players

Most people’s first few gambling experiences can be quite unpredictable and include a range of emotions.

Gambling in general causes people to experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, all within a matter of seconds. One minute, you can be up big only to lose it all in the blink of an eye.

This is what makes gambling so exhilarating and casinos simply amplify this sort of emotional volatility. If you’re unable to control your emotions and keep your head on straight when faced with adversity, it can make for a tough night of playing.

Learning to handle losses with poise while also displaying humility in victory is incredibly difficult. That, coupled with the fact that new gamblers are at a disadvantage in terms of skill, makes casinos a tough place for rookies.

Over time, you’ll learn to calm your mind while gambling so that you can maintain consistency in your reactions to situations, which will benefit your playing abilities and increase your chances of winning. Until then, coping with inevitable losing streaks is a tall task for any inexperienced bettor.

6 ‒ The Process Is More Complex Than You’d Think

By this point, you might be thinking that learning how to gamble is more complicated than you initially expected. The fact remains that gambling isn’t as simple as strutting into a casino, playing games, and walking out with a fortune…if only that were the case.

Instead, you must factor in the difficulty of learning to play games, understand table etiquette, exist in a casino with other players, and behave like a veteran.


Unlike other instances of personal growth and development, beginners don’t get a longer leash than other players. Gambling with a chip on your shoulder while pleading ignorance will simply cost you money.

Instead, it’s important to learn and retain as much information as quickly as possible. The sooner you do, the sooner you’ll be able to find your place in the gambling world and start winning money.

7 ‒ Some People Hate Gambling With Beginners

The last item on this list is arguably the worst aspect of learning to gamble. To make matters worse, it’s completely out of your hands. Some people just hate gambling with new players.

There’s a certain type of gambler who either takes themselves too seriously or believes that other gamblers can adversely impact their chances of winning money.

In most cases, other gamblers can affect how much money you win or lose. But logic often has no place in conversations with people who blame their gambling losses on other people.

If and when you come across someone who seems to take exception to your naivete, there’s little you can do to rectify the situation. These situations will either force you to relocate or deal with a gambler who you’re bothering for one reason or another.

Life is far too short to feel self-conscious and made to look like a fool by another gambler. Find another game to play and don’t waste your time gambling with people who are dismissive of beginners.

In Summary

Despite everything you’ve read up to this point, learning to gamble is an overwhelmingly positive experience. While there might be some bumps in the road, the ends almost certainly justify the means.

The most effective tactic you can employ to combat these negative experiences is learning and practicing on your own. The more you work on your gambling skills, the more fun you’ll have at the casino.