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Psychology of Gambling

Learning proper playing strategies is only part of a successful casino gambler's game plan. Having a proper attitude is just as important.

First and foremost, in order to be a winner, you must learn to control your emotions when gambling. Remember this….. "The real struggle when you are playing is, in most cases, not between you and the casino, but between you and yourself." You will find many temptations to keep you from playing and losing, therefore you must learn to develop a sense of timing or awareness of when to play and, more importantly, when to quit.

In short, you must develop the proper playing attitude to overcome the psychological barriers created by the casinos to keep you losing and to make it difficult for you to leave the casino with a profit. For example, when gambling at the casino, expect to win (rather than lose). Granted, there are no guarantees that you will win, but likewise there is no guarantee that you have to lose. Always prepare yourself for those inevitable losing sessions. No matter how skillfully you play, sometimes everything will go wrong. Will you quit and call it a day or will you be like most gamblers and dig in for more cash, hoping the tide will turn? And how many gamblers have the attitude that a small profit is better than no profit or a loss? Not many.

Above all, learn to develop a sense of timing for when to play and when to quit. Playing blackjack, for example, if you are tired or have been drinking will cost you dearly.

These attitudes are not always natural. Most of them take an amount of work before you can feel comfortable playing with discipline. But if you develop these proper playing attitudes, you will be able to enjoy the fun and excitement of casino gambling with a minimum risk to your bankroll. Isn't it worth the effort?

 

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