We’re Not Going To Take It, Anymore!

Why do people allow casinos to take so much of their money?

That’s a question that needs to be explored further.

When I first began gambling legally at the age of 18, my first inclination was to go out and buy every book on gambling.  As a well-educated, intelligent person I tried to find out how I could exploit a casinos weakness, or at least keep them from taking all my money.

An interesting thing happened along the way.  My emotions began to overwhelm my intellectual intelligence.  I no longer cared which video poker machine had the best payback percentage for the player, I just wanted to experience the “rush” of gambling.  I didn’t want to have to think, I was there to relax and have a good time.  I knew slot machines were some of the worst paying games in the casino, but maybe I would get lucky, maybe I would be the exception, maybe I would be the person who actually wins money on slots.  That didn’t happen. When I returned home I would justify the losses as entertainment.  Well at least I had fun, and I got a free room and free food.

If I wanted to have fun, I should have went to an amusement park or a movie and enjoyed myself for under $100.  Not having fun by losing $2,000-$5,000 to a casino.  It’s not only the loss of money, but the fact that I didn’t even have a fighting chance.  The odds were so heavily stacked against me, it was unlikely I would go home a winner.

Today my thought process is totally different and I am much more rational in my approach to gambling.  I make decisions in the casino on a more intellectual level, but still there are times when those emotions try to take hold of me.  Unfortunately there are millions of people who are still caught in the emotional vices of the casinos.

How do well-educated, successful people step into a casino and suddenly become intellectually handicapped (aka. idiots)?  Myself included.  Let’s take a look at how this happens.

Casino Gambling

This Buds for you!

I touched on this in a previous post.  Casinos do not provide free alcohol because they are kind, generous people.  They do it so people will lower their inhibitions.  A person may never dream of losing this months mortgage money on roulette when they are sober, but give them a few drinks and suddenly who cares, let’s have fun!

We’ve all heard this heavily promoted slogan.  Casinos try to create an atmosphere where there are no consequences for your actions.  They try to sell you on the fact that you are going to have such a great time, it doesn’t matter you lost your childs college fund and cheated on your wife with a herpes infested hooker.

Next time you are on a flight to Vegas look around.  People are excited.  They can’t wait to get there and have such a great time and win lots of money.  Next time you are on a flight from Vegas take a look around.  You will see people who are angry, depressed, physically and mentally sick.  They are beginning to deal with the reality of what they did when they were having “fun” in Vegas.

The final technique I will talk about are comps (Short for complementary).  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say “Well at least we got a free room”, after they lost a substantial amount of money.  No you didn’t get a free room, you paid for that room.  Casinos use a mathematical formula to return a certain percentage back to the customer in comps.  Again this isn’t out of the kindness of their hearts.  they want you to feel indebted to them.  They want you to feel like you have to gamble more and more so that you can receive the free room, food, shows, ect.

These are some of the ways in which casinos get you to become a talking buffoon as soon as you hit the casino floor.  Don’t worry, there are ways to combat this which I will talk about in future posts.

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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 www.GREGELDERAUTHOR.com 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.

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