Gambling to Win? Don’t Eat the Marshmallows.

Are you really gambling to win? Maybe you’re just gambling to have a good time because gambling to win requires discipline and most gamblers have very little discipline. If you’re just gambling for entertainment purposes that’s fine, but don’t complain about losing money. Does discipline and knowledge guarantee success? Absolutely not, but at least then you have a legitimate reason to gripe.

Looking back at the famous “Marshmallow” test that was performed on young children we learn that delayed gratification usually results in greater achievement. For those of you unfamiliar with the Marshmallow test, here is the basic premiss. Children were placed at a small table with a marshmallow in front of them.  The instructor would get up and leave the room for 10 minutes. He would instruct the children to wait on eating the marshmallow until he got back and he would give them two to eat instead of just the one.

Gambling to win. MarshmallowTest

They studied these children throughout their lives and statistically they were more likely to be successful in life if they were able to wait for the two marshmallows. That’s just the basic gist of the entire study. However, for all of us that couldn’t wait and ate the marshmallow, scientists discovered that the techniques used to overcome the need for instant gratification can be learned. The kids that waited and didn’t eat the marshmallow used techniques like turning their back to the marshmallow and engaging in other distractions. It wasn’t that the child was born with some special ability, that child just knew how to control the urge to eat the marshmallow. He/she still had the urge, but they used different methods to deal with it.

Most gamblers continue to eat the marshmallow. They want gratification and they want it now. They don’t want any boundaries or limits imposed and the casino will be more than glad to accommodate and exploit their desire. I ate the marshmallow for a long time, but by knowing the facts and educating myself it has helped me control that urge. Trust me there are times I still want to eat that marshmallow and put $100 into the Mega million slot machine, but making money at the casino’s expense has outweighed that desire.

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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