Can You Win at Gambling and Still Have Fun?

To win at gambling is fun, isn’t it?  Winning is always fun in my mind, but to win at gambling you must be disciplined and this takes a lot of the “fun” out of it for some gamblers.

I’ve written often about advantage gambling and how to win at gambling, what games can and can’t be beat.  Today I want to talk about having a good time at the casino, but still be a winning gambler.

Win at gambling

One of the stereotypes of a blackjack “card counter” is they show no emotion when they win or lose.  Counters realize the short-term is irrelevant, so they focus on the longterm and don’t allow the results for one hand or one day affect them.

Then you have the alternative where gamblers don’t learn anything about the games they play, and their emotions ride with every roll of the dice or spin of the wheel.  How do we get to that happy medium?

If you aren’t going to play a game that can give you an advantage over the casino, at least learn how to maximize the odds on the game you are playing. 

I’ve come to accept the fact that some people will never be advantage gamblers.  They don’t want to put in the time, energy, and dedication into training, and they want to be able to play any game they choose.

My mission has expanded, I not only want to help those that want to beat the casino, but those that are tired of losing every time they go.

The entertainment aspect of gambling is a valid reason for going, but coming home broke every time you gamble can’t be any fun.  Why not simply learn the most about the game you are playing?

If you play craps, instead of betting the hard eight, find out which is the best bet and stick to it (Pass/Don’t Pass line w/full odds).  If you asked ten craps players which bet has the best odds, I would say 2 in 10 would know the answer and one of those two wouldn’t be playing the best odds because it’s not as “fun” as playing all different bets.

I’m not asking people to only play with an advantage, but maximize your odds on whatever game you are playing.

If it’s slots, find out which casinos have the highest payback slots, which give the best rewards points or comps for playing, implement a money management system, learn all of the “slot machine myths” so you don’t get “suckered” in.

I  know I’m making some progress because my own mom who is a long time slot machine player, she’s even used some of my advice from my most recent book on slot machines.  If I can convince her, I can convince anybody.

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.

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