If you talk to gamblers, most of them will tell you that winning is the most important thing. While winning is a good goal to have when you gamble, winning isn’t always the best goal.
In this article you’re going to learn about 5 times in gambling that winning isn’t everything. And you’re also going to learn how to improve your odds of winning while meeting some of the goals listed in this article at the same time.
Your long term gambling goal is winning, but don’t ignore the 5 times listed below that winning might not be the best goal. If you ignore these things it could cost you some money, or worse.
1 – When You Have to Conserve Money
Winning gamblers have to risk money in order to have the chance to win, and they often have to risk a large amount of money. Sports gamblers often have to risk $100,000 or more to win $5,000. Poker players have to have a big bankroll in order to play at the higher levels where they can make good money.
Blackjack players have to have a big bankroll to make big bets when they have an edge and to survive through the downs that come between the ups.
The fact is that if you want to make money gambling you have to put a lot of money into play. If you don’t have the skills you need to win yet and/or don’t have a big bankroll, your best option is to conserve money.
Most gamblers would see an instant improvement in their results if they simply took the steps to conserve their bankroll. Conserving your bankroll or money isn’t going to suddenly make you a winning gambler. But it will lower the amount of money you lose and allow you to gamble for a longer period of time.
2 – When You Want to Maximize Your Playing Time
The single best way to maximize your gambling time is to learn the skills you need to make a profit. If you’re making money consistently you don’t run out of money, so you can gamble for as long as you want, as long as you keep winning.
As I mentioned in the previous section though, the problem is that most gamblers still don’t have the skills they need to win consistently. And when you’re not winning, a good goal is to figure out how to gamble the maximum amount of time.
You can use any number of things to help you accomplish your goal. It’s even better if you use most or all of these things. Here’s a quick list of ways to maximize your gambling time:
Make small bets. The lowest table limits are found in online and mobile casinos.
Use online and mobile gambling bonuses for a bigger bankroll.
Play games that are slow. Sports betting is slow because you can make a bet and watch the game before making another wager.
Play games that have a low house edge. A low house edge always makes your bankroll last longer.
3 – When You’re Teaching a New Gambler
When you’re teaching a new gambler how to play you should have the end goal of teaching them how to win. But you also need to understand that learning how to win takes a lot of time. The other issue is that new gamblers are going to make a lot of mistakes.
You need to find a balance between teaching them how to win and maximizing their gambling time. Gamblers don’t have unlimited bankrolls, so it’s important to keep them in the game long enough so they can continue learning how to win.
1 of the first things you need to teach new gamblers is how to use a bankroll. They need to understand that if they don’t have a bankroll they’re never going to be able to take advantage of winning opportunities.
Teaching a new gambler has an added benefit that most people never think about. When you teach someone else something you also usually learn things. Teaching can be a valuable way to improve your skills as well.
4 – When Fun Is Your Goal
Winning is often fun, but being a winning gambler is a lot more like work than fun. Winning is better than losing, but when gambling is like work it takes a lot of the fun out of the process.
The first thing I want to point out is that there’s nothing wrong with have a goal of having fun when you gamble. To most gamblers, gambling is entertainment juts like going to the movies or doing something else they enjoy.
Entertainment almost always costs money, so if you’re having fun when you gamble and you lose a little bit of money it’s about the same as many other forms of entertainment. On the plus side, even if you’re not an overall winning gambler, you’re still probably going to win sometimes.
This means that gambling is 1 of the few forms of entertainment where you can actually make money instead of spending it.
The list of ways to maximize your playing time found in the second section of this article is useful when it comes to having fun when you gamble. When you can figure out how to gamble for hours without losing too much money you can maximize your fun.
5 – When You Have to Cheat to Win
Winning at all costs can be dangerous. While there are ways to win when you gamble that don’t involve cheating, a win at all costs attitude can lead some gamblers to cheating.
The problem with cheating when you gamble is that it can end up with you going to jail. Most places where gambling is offered have laws that are quite strict to protect the gambling businesses. If you get caught cheating the odds are high that you’re going to end up in jail.
Casinos and Other Gambling Business Are Quite Good at Protecting Their Games
They know how gamblers can cheat and they watch for specific clues that tell them when someone might be cheating. When they think a gambler might be cheating they can watch them closely.
Casinos in particular have advanced security measures which include cameras and casino personnel who know how to catch cheaters.
It’s simply not worth the chance you take to win when you cheat. Why would you ever take the chance of going to prison? The difference between cheating when you gamble and robbing a bank isn’t much. You’re doing something illegal to try to get money.
The most important point you need to understand is that you don’t have to cheat to win. In fact, it’s just as easy to learn the skills you need to win as it is to build the skills you need to cheat.
How to Win Anyway
While it’s important to understand that winning isn’t always everything, you still should work on the skills you need to win. You can master a set of skills that help you win when you gamble. And you can work on these skills even when you use the information in the rest of this article.
The most common way gamblers win is to learn how to count cards in blackjack. This takes a lot of effort, but it’s something that any blackjack player can learn how to do if they work at it.
Another form of gambling that you can beat is poker. It also takes a long time to master, but if you learn the right strategies you can win.
The other common place you can win is gambling on sports. It also is difficult, but if you learn how handicapping works and keep improving your skills you can find wagers that are profitable.
It’s not going to be easy to learn how to win when you gamble, but other people have done it and you can too.
Ultimately your goal when you gamble should be winning, but making this the top goal in every situation can be a bad idea. It takes a lot of work to learn the skills needed to win, and most gamblers haven’t mastered these skills yet.
If you don’t have the skills you need to win, it’s more important to conserve money and maximize the amount of time you can gamble. You can still have fun gambling, even if you don’t always come out ahead.
Michael Stevens has been researching and writing topics involving the gambling industry for well over a decade now and is considered an expert on all things casino and sports betting. Michael has been writing for GamblingSites.org since early 2016. ...
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