Gaming is entertainment. It should be pleasurable, engaging and fun.
You should look forward to playing and be at ease when you leave; it would also be nice to come home with a fat wad of cash.
I. My Ride – Let it Roll
II. My Money – Make the Most of Your Money
III. My Time – Up Time ♥ Down Time
IV. My Rate of Play – Low and Slow
V. My Mind – Keep Cool
VI. My Winnings – Take it Home
For many people, playing video slots is not unlike a roller coaster ride.
With each wager, they feel the excitement and tension of the spin, the joy of the win, or the disappointment when they take it on the chin.
Playing video poker is a little different, it includes an element of skill. The decisions that poker players make affect the outcome of the game.
These gamers must depend on their skill and cunning as a poker player and the luck of the draw.
They may be more laid back than slot players, but get just as fired up when they win.
Whether you’re a video slot player, a video poker player, or both; you have control over your game.
You alone can make gaming a good time or a rotten time.
Make Money Preparation Part of Your Gaming Routine
This is the most important tip I can give you. Be aware of exactly how much your spending.
It’s really no fun when you or a partner find out that you have spent more than you can afford.
Determine Your Bankroll Before You Start Gaming
Before you ever arrive to play at a gaming location, you should have already determined a fixed amount of gaming money that you are prepared to spend; and I do mean spend.
First, just assume you are going to spend all of your gaming money on the day you play.
I am going to cover ways to keep that from happening, but you must be fully prepared for the worst case scenario.
Make sure you are okay with spending a specific amount of gaming money, and if you are not, then reduce the amount.
Notice I Said Spend – Not Lose
Gaming is just like any other form of entertainment; it’s going to cost you time or money, or both.
The average American spends almost $1500.00 per year on pay-TV (cable, satellite and streaming video) .
Yes, it is bewildering: $1500.00 per year!
“According to estimates from the NPD Group (a market research company), this year (2015) the average subscription pay-TV customer will pay an astonishing $123 per month for pay-TV.”
“NPD estimated that same figure was $86 in 2011, which indicates an increase of 9.4% annually between 2011 and 2015” (per: The Motley Fool ).
By allowing the pay-TV companies to charge their credit card and debit accounts monthly, these average Americans are probably spending far more on TV than they realize.
Don’t spend more than you should, or you can afford for ANYTHING.
Limit your access to any other money while you are gaming.
Use the gaming funds that you have with you and no more; that is it.
Split Your Gaming Money into Session Bankrolls
Once you’ve determined an overall bankroll for the day, split your money up into separate bankrolls.
Do this based on the length of time you will be gaming.
If you plan to play for two hours, split your money into two different bankrolls.
Keep Your Gaming Money Separate from Any Other Money You Carry
This is simple. Use money clips, paper clips, a money belt or different pockets.
For women, keep your gaming bankrolls in different secure sections of your purse.
You could put gaming bankrolls in a separate wallets, coin purse, small money bag or pouch, but you should really consider a more secure method of carry your gaming bankrolls.
Keep Your Gaming Money Safe
Some gamers bring $100 or up to and over $1000 with them. Use an anti-theft travel bag.
I’ve even seen people stash a bankroll their car, I don’t recommend it.
Carry a Prepaid Debit Card – Not Cash
Large amounts of cash can be taken from you long before you reach your gaming destination.
Limit Your Gaming Session Time
The length of time for each gaming session will be, at least in part, determined on your gaming bankrolls.
When your gaming bankroll runs out, it’s time to take a break or leave.
Your gaming session should be two hours or less. Take at least a thirty minute break at the end of each session.
Eat or drink something during your rest period. Make it enjoyable.
Two Hour Limit
After two hours have expired, you are going to cash out.
The remaining money from this session’s bankroll now becomes your winnings stash.
Take a break, have a snack or a meal; or leave and do something else. Come back later, or on a different day.
Remember, you’ve already decided the number sessions you are going to play.
You have already put aside enough for each gaming session.
If you return to gaming after your down time, don’t spend your winnings stash. Your winnings should be saved for another day.
My Rate of Play
Your money will probably run out before your time does, so take it easy.
Slow down your gaming speed. Take your time and you will have more fun.
Remember, whatever you need to do to reduce your playing rate is OK. Easy does it.
Eat Drink and Be Merry
Have a snack or drink. Gaming Establishments often leave out snacks and drinks for players.
Get something you like, munch and sip while you’re gaming. Why not. It’s free.
Enjoy Every Spin and Savor Each Win
When you win, don’t hit the button to speed up the counting of the credits that you’ve won. Let the machine blink and flicker; chime and ring.
You are there to have a good time.
My Gaming BFF
You don’t have to be a gaming robot. Strike up a conversation with the person next to you. Players often have a built-in bond.
Each and every gamer wants to beat the odds, leave with a wad of money and be a winner.
Keep it Cool
After two hours of play your body and mind become fatigued. You may begin to make rash decisions.
At this point, your emotions have taken over, you are no longer thinking logically.
We’ve all witnessed someone playing a machine for hours on end, getting angrier and angrier as they continue to lose.
They can’t will themselves away from the machine.
Even though their rational mind knows they should get up and leave, their anger and frustration won’t allow them.
They continue to play until they win their money back, which usually doesn’t happen; or all their money is gone.
You will notice that once you get away from the machines your emotions will subside and you will be able to think logically again.
When the Fun is Gone – You’re Gone
Remember, two hours is the limit; but if after only an hour you find yourself getting agitated and not enjoying yourself, leave.
Go do something else. Gaming is entertainment. It is meant to be enjoyable.
It is important that you leave as soon as you begin to feel frustrated.
Real Winners Win Twice
Do you know a gamer who never leaves happy, a person that wins but never goes away a winner?
This person will win small jackpots or poker hands, they occasionally win a large or very large amount; but they always end up spending all their winnings and going home empty-handed.
We all know the tired phrase – It’s a Win Win Situation. Well, in gaming you need to know how to win to be a real winner.
You can only Win Win, when you know what to do when you win i.e. hit a jackpot or win a poker hand.
Keep Your Head
When people win, they sometimes lose their heads and start playing irrationally.
They may spend non-gaming money, spend all their gaming backrolls in one session, or play longer than they planned.
Don’t let winning a jackpot or a great hand of poker go to your head. Remember the rules you have just learned and stick to them.
Set Winning Limits
Before you start gaming, set a winning limit.
This goes into your winnings stash, money that you are going home with even if you don’t hit another jackpot or win another hand of poker.
Save this money for another day.
Just Hit a Jackpot?
Win a Big Hand?
Winners Cash Out!
When you hit a jackpot or win a poker hand that equals or exceeds your winning limit, reserve your machine and cash out.
Keep your winnings separate from your gaming session bankrolls.
Now, go back and continue playing, but don’t play with your winnings stash. Use your gaming session backroll.
Leave a winner!
Double My Money
If at any time you double your gaming session bankroll, reserve your machine and cash out.
Even if it is only your second hand or second spin.
Winners cash out.
Keep your winning stash separate from your gaming session bankroll.
Ok, now go back and return to gaming, but only with your original session bankroll.
You will go home with money in your pocket.