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Common casino mistakes

19 October 2019

ABBY: “Mistakes, I’ve made a few….”

CINDY: Don’t sing the song, please, Mr. Sinatra, because we have all made mistakes in playing casino games. I wish we were all perfect, but then again, you can’t be perfect playing in the casino when the house has the edge on the bets. That's a given for all of us who enjoy the casino life.

ABBY: I know we can play a tough game against the house, but with very few exceptions, we just can’t flip that house edge to favor us. We can make good playing decisions within the context of the house having an edge, but we can make their edge greater if we make bad decisions. Think of craps players who consistently make those very high-house-edge bets; they have no chance of hanging in there for long periods of time. But I think the mistakes we make have to do with emotional reactions to the games, and those emotional reactions can hurt us if we aren’t careful.

CINDY: What’s the biggest emotional mistake, in your estimation?

ABBY: I think one is to just keep increasing your bets hoping to gain back all you lost. I’m guessing many players do that at first.

CINDY: The classic Martingale of doubling up, figuring I have to win sooner or later, is the one most people fall into. I did it until I got clobbered one time and I learned my lesson that the Martingale was a big mistake. I keep my play steady in terms of how much I bet. I will win or lose that way, but I won’t lose my head that way.

ABBY: Me too! I am not exactly sure why this Martingale betting method is the first one discovered by many players, but most of the players I have spoken to have attempted it. Some players get away with it for a time, but then the roof caves in on them. That is destiny, I guess.

CINDY: It sounds logical. Yes, you do have to win sooner or later on the Martingale, but the house edge makes “later” never happen in the casinos’ world. You can maybe double your bets about eight times and then you hit the house’s maximum bet. You can’t go hundreds or thousands of doublings even if you had the money to do so.

ABBY: I think playing when you are tired is also a bad decision. Of course, when you are tired you tend to make bad decisions.

CINDY: Borrowing money to play – that’s a big mistake!

ABBY: “Neither a borrower nor a lender be! For loan both loses but itself and friend.”

CINDY: Thank you, William Shakespeare. Players must only use money that has no meaning to them. If you borrow, you have to pay back. Big mistake, as I said. Losses in gambling should not fall over into losses in life.

ABBY: Always have a separate account for your playing money. That playing money is not used for other things, like bills. I think doing this keeps a player’s head clear and allows the player not to get into a negative emotional state of mind. Negative mindsets in the casino can lead to truly bad decisions, and these decisions will usher in mistakes that are costly.

CINDY: You want to ease your mind about the possibility of losing, and the best way to do that is to have money that is just earmarked for casino games. You then apportion that money. This makes sense.

ABBY: I think playing too long is not a good idea. Breaking up a day at the casino into segments makes sense to me. You can keep your emotions in check that way.

CINDY: Here’s one for players: Do you ever wake up the next day and say, “I did what yesterday?” If you ask that question in horror, what you did yesterday was not a good thing.

ABBY: There is a lot to learn about playing those games in the casinos.

CINDY: Yes, a lot!
Royal Flushes

Abby Royal is a lawyer and Cindy Royal is a school administrator. Together, they are the Royal Flushes. The sisters play weekly or bi-weekly in such venues as Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Pennsylvania and Indian casinos throughout the country. They also enjoy the casinos on cruise ships. They know their stuff and have some great stories about their exploits.
Royal Flushes
Abby Royal is a lawyer and Cindy Royal is a school administrator. Together, they are the Royal Flushes. The sisters play weekly or bi-weekly in such venues as Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Pennsylvania and Indian casinos throughout the country. They also enjoy the casinos on cruise ships. They know their stuff and have some great stories about their exploits.