Whether you frequent the gambling saloons or simply go on special occasions I am sure you have either been a part of or have seen someone suffer a bad run. Some days you hit the tables or slots and just can’t get lucky. As gamblers, our fatal flaw is that once we start it becomes hard to stop and before you know it you can be burning quite a sizeable hole in your wallet.
If you have the money to spend, losing a couple thousand dollars is no big issue, but for those of us with tight wallets losing that kind of money can become a major setback. Simply telling you to stop before you dig yourself a big hole is easier said than done so it is important that you learn how to recover from the losses you may have incurred during your last trip to the saloon.
If your last trip to the gambling saloon really didn’t turn out like you had planned and you ended up losing a lot of money, do not make the same mistake on your follow up trip. Once you return you should keep the memory of your losses at the forefront of your mind because the quicker you forget about the past the more likely you are to repeat it.
While playing games, whether they be slots or table games, start small and work your way up. Starting at high stakes can mean a short night, especially if you are having a bad run. By working your way up to higher stakes you can help catch yourself slipping before you have another night of huge losses. Playing smart may seem like pretty simple instructions, but once you are out on the floor your mind may get a little cloudy and the thought of safety goes completely to the wayside. Consciously keep track of the money you are carrying with you, including what you started with and what you are currently retaining. Before you start playing you could also set a spending limit and only carry with you an amount of money that you would be comfortable with doing away with. Once you start playing with money that is intended for bills, gifts, or other necessities is always a mistake because once you lose that money getting it back becomes a nightmare and can even cause you to increase your losses further.
Stay Away from the Saloon
For some people, giving up going to the saloons cold turkey can be a bit of a struggle and is not as easy as it sounds but staying away is an integral part in not running up a huge gambling deficit. To help yourself avoid going to the saloon too often, set up scheduled dates and times where you make special trips instead of going on a daily basis or whenever you get the urge to play poker or blackjack.
Let friends or family members know about your scheduled trips so that they can help prevent you from visiting the gambling places on days where you shouldn’t be. This may seem like a bit of a drastic move but for some folks it is very necessary to help them not blow all their money at the felt tables. By having friends and family monitor your visits and how often you make them, you will have a solid support system that is as close to fail proof as you can get.
Hone Your Skills
Yet another way to avoid/recover from money losses is to develop your skills at skill-based games such as poker and blackjack. Instead of bouncing around from different games, pick one game and get better at it. A good poker player doesn’t waste his or her time with blackjack or slots so if you are trying to get better at poker you shouldn’t either. While other games are enticing and the thought of doubling your money on a spin of roulette may be nice, you have to realize that more times than not you won’t double your money; in fact you will likely lose and end up in a bigger hole than the one you started off in.
For poker players a great way to hone your playing skills is by participating in tournaments as they happen. Nearly every place that offers table games has tournaments that run on a fairly regular basis. Tournaments are a good way to avoid heavy losses because you pay a one time entry fee instead of playing with your own bankroll the entire time like you would do at the regular poker tables. Also, tournaments are played at different stake levels so you can doubly hone your skills by playing at tournaments that suit your level of skill. After you play at one level for a while and excel, then you can advance through the ranks until you are playing at the highest, most competitive level.
Don’t Make the Same Mistake Twice
As humans we do a lot of things without even realizing it. At the saloon, we have a lot of little habits that we form that may be attributing to our losses and we do not even know that it is happening. In certain situations we may make stupid decisions or bet absurd amounts of money that you would not have done when viewing the situation in retrospect.
By critically analyzing your habits you can find defects in your playing style and formulate a plan to avoid making these little, but costly, mistakes. If you get good enough at avoiding mistakes you will not have to worry about recovering from casino losses because there will not be any losses to recover from.
At the end of the day a little bit of awareness is all you need to help you recover from losses. Do not let the allure of the drag you in and do not let a gambling addiction take over the way you think because if you do, you will be broke in no time.