What Are Good Gambling Habits? (And How to Avoid Bad Gambling Habits)

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Let’s face it: if you’ve been gambling for any considerable amount of time, you’ve had your ups and downs. It’s all part of the game for better or worse.

However, over the past decade or so, I’ve found that the best gamblers are the ones who seem to have the most fun. After all, gambling is meant to be fun. Vegas wasn’t built on the tears of losers (well not entirely), rather it was built on fun. You can’t argue that Vegas isn’t a blast.

So I’m going to share the most common habits that successful gamblers all share. This article will not only show you how to be more successful at the tables but also much happier win or lose.


Gambling can be an insane amount of fun. I mean, who doesn’t love it? There’s nothing in this world that gives you the adrenaline rush of chasing a huge pot or even better, hitting it. But like they say, time flies when you’re having fun, and it’s easy to go overboard.

That’s why developing self-control is so crucial to your health and happiness. In fact, self-control is probably the most important of all good gambling habits.

Being a good gambler means keeping a level head. That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, sometimes throwing caution to the wind for one big spin can be quite the thrill. But focus on keeping it light and fun.

You should always know how long you’ve been playing. You must also keep an eye on your bankroll. Remember that you’re buying this fun, so make a decision on how much you want to spend before you get started.

Don’t let the slots or the tables fool you into feeding them more than you want to.

Stay Positive

We’ve found that the happiest gamblers treat playing at a casino like going out to a movie or seeing a show. It’s a source of entertainment and perhaps you leave with a reward.

So make sure you’re being entertained. You wouldn’t force yourself to watch a bad movie, so why not apply that same logic to casinos, too?

If you start to become frustrated or notice you aren’t enjoying yourself at a game, taking a break is the wisest thing you can do.

Every couple of hours, stop and ask yourself, “If I won a big hand or pot right now, how would I feel?”. If the answer is happy, you’re on the right track. Conversely, if your first reaction were to think “about time” or “lil late now” it’s likely time to move on.


An important aspect of self-control is managing your cash. You can’t ever overcome the house edge, but you can use a few tactics to limit how much you lose because of it.

Gambling on your own predetermined terms makes having fun much easier.

Unless you’re playing on a casino bonus, never forget that the money in front of you is always yours. Even if you happen to be winning at any given moment.

If you allow yourself to get into a mindset that you’re playing with the house’s money after a win, all your winning stories will turn into “shoulda, woulda, coulda” stories.

Almost all online casinos have several ways to help you keep track of your bankroll. Many offer deposit limits to prevent you from going over a budget. Some even have wagering and time restrictions to help curb you from losing too much in one session.

These limits can only do so much. It is your responsibility to manage yourself, you’ll be much better off in the long haul.

In the end it all comes down to making rules for yourself and sticking to them. Some players like using a percentage rule for deciding how much to bet.

For instance, 0.5% to 1% of your bankroll on each spin of a slot, or no more than 10% of your bankroll on a hand of blackjack. Another strategy is to set a limit on how many bets you’ll make before you take a break. It’s all just about getting the most out of your cash and who knows your money may go to work for you.


One of the most effective ways to keep gambling fun is to decide what you’re hoping for. Obviously, everyone wants to hit the Mega Fortune jackpot, but keep it realistic.

Do you want to double your stack? Triple it? Quadruple it, or maybe even more? Just keep in mind the higher your goal, the less likely you’ll be able to reach it.

In fact, I’ll often set a limit on what I’d like to accomplish in the next hour. Say $100 in an hour at the Blackjack Table.

This is the single best thing you can do to make yourself a frequent winner, but there is a catch. You have to stick to it.

Once you hit your win goal, stop playing immediately. It’s easy to keep playing until suddenly you’re below your goal again, and things can only go downhill from there.

The casino isn’t going to go anywhere, so enjoy your wins poolside or on the golf course and play again another day.

Keep it Real

Not everyone can win a fortune. Vegas wasn’t built by winners, as they say, and the same can be said for online casinos.

The best gamblers know this. Gaming should be about getting as much excitement as you can from your money. Play what you enjoy and learn how to play that game as best as you can. Expect to lose, but use strategy and goal setting to give yourself a good chance of coming out ahead of the casino.

Keep in mind that it won’t always go your way. More often than not the casino will win and if you are realistic, you’ll live to see another day.

On a Very Serious Note:

On a very serious note: if you find yourself playing with the goal of “ea­rni­ng” extra cash, stop now. I’d advise you to search Google for some tips about preventing a gambling problem as well. If your gambling starts negatively interfering with your life, seek help.

Patience Is a Virtue

Chasing losses never ends well. Period. If there’s one thing you should absolutely not do in a casino, it’s going on tilt.

Be patient and take the wins as they come. You can’t control when the games will start paying out or you get the right cards.

If you lose your entire gambling budget way faster than you imagined, you must quit. Reconsider how you bet and think about playing more conservatively in the future. Or just chalk it up to a really unlucky day. It happens to all of us.

If you continue to chase spent money it won’t be fun. There are only two possible outcomes:

  • You lose way more than you planned for.
  • You win the money back and get in the habit of chasing losses instead of having fun.

So, for your own sake, don’t put yourself in that position. If you find yourself chasing losses, take a break from gambling. People may knock it but disc golf can be a great hobby. In fact, it’s clearly one of the best, go get some sun and fresh air.

Adapt and Overcome

No matter what your game of choice is, adaptability is key. It’s obvious if you’re a poker player: you have to keep an eye on the other players to really gauge your likelihood of winning. But being vigilant and making changes where needed is important even if you just play slots and table games.

For Instance:

Games are known to change. Some casinos might adjust the rules or add new variations of existing games at any time. Take the time to look these up and learn them. You might find that, with proper strategy, these new games are an even better opportunity.

Adaptability is also really important for making the most of promotions. Make sure you always read through the rules fully before you decide what and how you’re going to play. Think about what games and strategies will give you the best chance of winning, especially when it comes to races and contests. Planning out your play and making changes along the way can really make all the difference.


Keeping these guidelines in mind is sure to improve your gambling experience. It has taken me plenty of trial and error to implement these habits.

Remember that the goal is not to be a perfect gambler. The ultimate goal should be to have fun, enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow gamblers, and make some memories.

Good luck out there. Gamble on.

Michael Stevens

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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