When people’s hard-earned money is on the line, they will say almost anything to convince themselves that their methods are the best. That’s all well and good as long as they’re the only ones impacted by the malarkey they spew.
The problems arise when other people start to heed their “wisdom” and listen to their delusions.
Gamblers are prone to offer unsolicited advice about any type of table game or sports bet in existence. If there’s a game at a casino, most gamblers have a few theories they’re willing to share with you, even if those thoughts lack substance and validity.
If you’ve been to a casino before, you’ve probably heard some of these sage pieces of advice. And, if you’re like me, you’ve unfortunately taken some of it, and it’s cost you money.
While there are several reputable sources that gamblers should consult for thoroughly researched and vetted information, the internet, and the gambling world are full of ideas that should be avoided.
Here are six common gambling tips and fallacies that you should ignore.
You’re Going to Win Eventually
When I said that I’ve fallen for some bad advice in the past, I picked up the most devastating bit of wisdom when I first started gambling. While it stands to reason that most table games are random and the outcomes are mostly unexpected and unpredictable, there is no reason to think that you’re magically going to start winning.
Sure, eventually you’re going to break a bad losing streak and win a few hands if you play long enough. But, as a gambler, the idea that you are due for a win is preposterous and dangerous. The casino owes you nothing, and the gambling gods aren’t going to snap their fingers and hand-deliver you some profitable wins.
Most gambling, especially at several popular casino table games, is entirely random and out of your control. If you’re playing roulette and keep throwing down money on your lucky number expecting to strike it rich, the odds are stacked against you.
If you’re losing money at an alarming rate and your bankroll is getting depleted, don’t just expect to snap out of your losing streak.
Bankrolls Are for Suckers
There’s a large sect of gamblers who got their start during their college years. Once you’re old enough to start gambling, sometimes the temptation to dive headfirst into the industry is too attractive of an offer to pass up.
I started gambling once I got to college and made friends with some kids in my dorm who would go to the local casino every week.
One thing I immediately noticed was the fact that most young adults under the age of 25 are terrible with money, especially gamblers. Because I ingratiated myself in a community of younger gamblers, I learned the ropes by listening to them.
Casino bankroll management is crucial to success and longevity when you first start to gamble. The idea that you shouldn’t budget your gambling money effectively is a toxic idea that can get you into trouble fast.
One of the common phrases I heard on a weekly basis was, “It’s just money, you can’t take it with you.” I adopted this mindset for the first few years of gambling, and it’s a mistake I wish I could take back.
Before you start gambling, make sure you have a good plan in place on how to handle your money, so you don’t put yourself into financial jeopardy.
Increase Your Bets After a Loss
If you’re like me, you’ve probably been at a blackjack table during the middle of a terrible cold streak. These streaks are common in table games, and it’s something that’s hard to rationalize as a younger gambler.
You might start to think that the deck is stacked against you, or that the casino is cheating. Both of these ideas are baseless and inaccurate.
The worst thing you can do during one of these cold spells is to add fuel to the fire and start doubling or tripling your bet to win more money. If you allow yourself to take a second and analyze your strategic approach to a game, there’s a good chance you can pinpoint the issue and rectify it.
The only way out of a losing streak is through it. To properly weather the storm, you need to make sure your betting is consistent, and 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 fortunes will turn, or you’ll be standing up from the table broke because you doubled your bets when you shouldn’t have. The choice is yours.
Beginner’s Luck is Real
Once again, I must be the bearer of bad news and inform you that there’s no such thing as beginner’s luck. Your first trip to a casino might be profitable, and you might score some early wins, but it simply doesn’t exist. Most experts believe that this occurs because new gamblers have no pressure going into the games they’re playing, so they play carefree and loose.
That isn’t to say that every gambler should play without a care in the world, because even if you get off to a hot start, this too shall pass. New gamblers shouldn’t be dissuaded by this revelation, as every single table game at the casino has a house edge.
It should merely provide more motivation to learn how to play the games and become a better player.
But, if you find yourself at the casino for the first time and can’t seem to lose, ride that streak through the night. If some of the older, grouchier gamblers at the table trying to get into your ear, pay them no mind. They’re probably just jealous that you’re winning.
What Happens at the Casino, Stays at the Casino
I know the saying goes, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” but for this post, I feel like it’s necessary to include every casino. When you head to a casino to gamble, you’re typically hoping to blow off some steam and take a break from your day-to-day routine.
Every time I go to the casino, I try to treat it like a mini-vacation.
When you’re in this mindset, sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the casino’s energy and allow yourself to forget about the world outset of the tables. While this isn’t such a terrible thing to do, it’s important to remember that your real-world problems aren’t going to disappear while you’re gambling. Your problems are still going to exist when you’re done gambling.
For this reason, it’s critical to gamble responsibly. You might consider taking it easy on the free alcohol and making sure you’re staying within your means.
I’m all for having a good time while gambling, but there’s no point in sacrificing tomorrow’s happiness by acting foolishly.
This Slot Machine Is Due for a Win
Perhaps the most common gambling fallacy in the world is that slot machines are due for 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 stuff you’ll hear will border on utter lunacy.
Slot machines appeal to new, inexperienced gamblers and old-school gamblers who never bothered to try their luck at the tables. They can be tedious, isolating, and monotonous.
As you mindlessly press buttons or pull the levers on the machine, you can begin to convince yourself that you’re due for a big win.
A common practice among some of the more seasoned slot players is to walk through the casino floor, waiting for someone to stand up from a machine that hasn’t hit in a while. Some gamblers think that machines reward those who stay long enough and time the machines just right.
This might happen once in a blue moon, but slots are completely random, so don’t assume they will suddenly start rewarding you with a jackpot.
Gamblers are big fans of repeating the same betting-related refrains to anyone who will listen to them. Whether it’s that you’re due for a win or beginners seem always to have the best luck, these baseless assumptions should be shrugged off.
It might be fun to buy into some of these claims, especially if it convinces you to partake in some mistakes that most savvy vets would determine to be inadvisable. Some of these tips are harmless in nature, but others can be detrimental to your financial and physical well being.
Before you go gamble, make sure your head is on straight and avoid falling for one of these fallacies. Always manage your bankroll responsibility and never assume you will win a hand because you’re due.