Casino Gambling Action Junkies

There are two types of pro gamblers.  Those that live to gamble and those that gamble to live.  I’m trying to fit somewhere in the middle.  Let me explain.

Click here for audio version or continue reading below.

Two legendary professional gamblers are Stuey Unger and Archie Karras.  Stuey has won three World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelets and is considered by many to be the greatest card player of all-time, especially Gin that was his specialty.  Stuey won millions of dollars playing cards, very few could beat him.  Archie was a guy who went to Vegas with $50 in his pocket, borrowed $10K and turned it into 40 million dollars.  He did this by playing pool, then playing cards, then playing craps.

The problem with each of these stories is they don’t end happy (I guess Archie’s could he’s still alive).   Stuey was an “action junkie.”  He had to have “action” everyday of his life.  That would have been fine if he stuck to cards, but cards became almost too easy for him.  He would bet on anything and everything.  As quickly as he won it, he would gamble it all away on the horses or sports or whatever.  Most of us would fear losing all our money because we wouldn’t have any money for a place to stay or food, not Stuey.  His biggest fear was not losing the money, but not having a bankroll so he could get in on the “action.”  Stuey ended up dying in a hotel room (he was a cocaine addict and the autopsy says his heart gave out not overdose) with only a couple of hundred dollars to his name.  In my mind he was the greatest card player of all time, a true genius, but unfortunately he lacked any self-discipline.

Stu Unger

Archie turned 10K into 40 million.  You know what he did with the 40 million?  Your right, he gambled it all away back to the casinos.  Again he was unable to discipline himself enough to put some of that money away not to be gambled.

Archie Karras

Now lets take a look at somebody like Bob Dancer, the most well-known pro video poker player, who won over 1 million dollars over a 6 month period.  Bob is extremely disciplined in his gambling.  he will never play a machine unless it is in his favor (+100% payback.)  When he arrived in Vegas with 6K to his name, he would cash in coupons for an extra five dollars or look for change dropped on the casino floor.  Somehow I can’t picture Stuey Unger cashing a $5 coupon or bending down to pick up a quarter, but Bob did this to survive.  Any gambling he did was calculated to have the odds in his favor and there was a very small chance of him going broke, losing his bankroll.  Today Bob is financially well off and has a well-rounded career.  In other words, he made it.

Bob Dancer

I want to be somewhere in the middle of these three pro gamblers.  I want to be disciplined in my approach, but don’t want to completely take the risk away because then it really isn’t gambling.  I want to make my decisions based on sound principles, not on impulse.  That being said, there will be times when I just go for it and put mathematics and statistics aside.  Maybe that will be my downfall, or maybe that will allow me to make a run like Archie Karras.

About Greg Elder

I was 37 years old, a husband and father, a former teacher, college and high school basketball coach, and a business owner, I decided to give it all up (Not the husband and father part) to take a shot at pro gambling. I was coming off a job I hated selling insurance, and I vowed to do something I was passionate about. For the next year I would spend 12-15 hours a day researching, studying, and practicing advantage gambling techniques. The goal was to see if I could sustain our current lifestyle as a professional gambler. I wanted to find out if casinos really could be beat. At the time, I thought it may be the biggest mistake of my life, but my intentions were to have fun trying. It has been an interesting few years since that journey began. My feature book GAMBLERS FIGHT BACK has been released and can be purchased on my author site at I would consider my pro gambling career to be a success on all fronts. I didn't win millions of dollars, but I was able to enjoy every minute of it. It brought an excitement and passion back into my professional life. It has helped lead me to a writing career that I had no idea I even wanted before this challenge. I was able to write a book that shared with others exactly what I learned along the way.. Gambling professionally is not easy, but there are certain things the average gambler can do to increase their chances of success tremendously. That's the information I try to pass along to my readers.

2 Responses to “Casino Gambling Action Junkies”

  1. First time here. Awesome blog and super post. Well done.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: