1. Know The Game:
Some games do give you better odds than others. There is a wealth of
information both on the Internet and in print to inform you of the odds
you face in any given game and the strategies that will help shave the
house edge to a minimum. Spend a little time reading and you'll spend a
lot less time wondering what happened to your money.
2. Know Your Budget:
Let's say you've got $1,000 and you expect to gamble five times a week
for the next two weeks. Then your budget is $100 per session. If you are
unfortunate and you spend your budget, then walk away. Enjoy the rest of
the day knowing you kept your budget and prepare to win the next day. Do
not touch any other days portion of the budget.
3. Keep Emotion Out Of The Game:
If you find yourself betting your rent money, your next car payment or
if you have lost the last twenty bets in a row - stand up and walk away.
You can not possibly think rationally and you can not keep your emotions
from influencing your decisions. You must play the odds not play your
4. Don't Play While Under The Influence:
If you are stoned, drunk, or half asleep, you are a lesser player than
you are straight.
5. It is all Numbers:
If you're playing to win, know the odds and play accordingly. The
numbers may be dull, but they are your roadmap to avoiding the losing
plays. Hunches, ESP, clairvoyance, tea leaves, remote viewing and
divination are all secondary choices to the mathematics of your game.
6. Take The Winnings And Run:
Have a plan for when to stop. Some folks call it quits when they're up
by 50%. Some when they've doubled their session bankroll. Others bail
when the tide turns and they lose 20% of their winnings. Whatever your
break-point, it's important to have one and stick to it.