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New Year's Resolutions Revisited16 March 2004
When I gave my annual New Year's resolutions for gamblers a while back, I mentioned that an old friend of mine was teasing me, giving me the business about playing Scrooge by urging caution with money just a day after Christmas.
But I heard from a couple of readers who didn't think the advice was Scroogelike at all. In fact, they added a few thoughts of their own on the subject of keeping your head while playing in the casinos.
First, there was Mike, a casino dealer and frequent e-mailer who brings an insider's perspective. He's a player as well as a dealer, so he sees things from both sides.
In the same day's e-mail came a note from Terry, who found validation of his own playing style in the resolutions.
"As I went through the categories, I found I go along with pretty much everything.
"I have my set bankroll when I head to Las Vegas so I have a loosely structured session plan. It is enough to play a good mix with some $1 play thrown in.
"I always like to stash some of my winnings if I hit a royal flush or some good hands. I will use some of it at a higher level to see if luck is smiling on me. So after a 25-cent royal worth $1,000, I take $300 or $400 and play 50-cent machines or some dollars. Once I caught a 50-cent royal.
"As for playing with what we can afford to lose, I consider the trip a vacation. Main Street Station in Las Vegas has been nice to me, so I have Silver card status. With comped rooms and meals, I will risk my budget (on gambling). I do have fun and mix in two or three shows.
"I can say I have never used a cash advance in any of my 23 trips. Chasing losses is always bad. A friend of mine will do that. I have seen him have a bad run at craps, playing green chips ($25), and next thing I see some blacks ($100) come out. He ends up not so happy most times.
"I also agree with you about going easy on drinking. I only have a beer or two. Sometimes, if I am back at my home base for the night, will have a few extra but I will not go over 25-cent play.
"As for your advice to play for fun -- how true. I learned long ago they do not build these huge monster buildings for us to win in. Another friend used to go with me a lot, and he really would let the bad streaks get him down a lot. He would get SO mad. I know what my odds are. There have been good and bad gaming trips. But win or lose, 94 percent have been fun!"
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