Gambling Secrets from Professional Gamblers (Part 2)

Gambling Secrets

Superstitions Are Stupid

Superstitions Are StupidThis might seem like a rather obvious thing to state, but it’s unbelievable how many gamblers will let their gambling decisions be swayed by superstition.

What is ironic, here, is that it is fairly common to watch Hollywood movies where a character goes on a winning run as a result of some ‘luck’ based on his superstitions. Superstition has nothing to do with your success rate at the table. Make sure you check that one out before you take your seat and base your decisions on things like ‘gut feeling’ and ‘luck.’

There is no place for superstitions in gambling, and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who’s superstitious and successful. If you tend to change your mind pretty often, and you can be easily persuaded by the (misleading) powers of superstition, then gambling perhaps isn’t the right thing for you.

You Need to Focus on The Right Thing

More than anything else, gambling requires focus and concentration.

Just like a batter on the home plate or a quarterback looking to make a pass, you can’t afford to lose your focus even for a moment.

This means that once you are at the table, you can’t think about work problems, your child’s homework or the mortgage that is due. When gambling, your mind and your eyes should only be focused on the hand that has been dealt to you.

Leave Your Emotions at Home

The best-kept casino secret is probably the fact that very successful professional gambler treats gambling like a sport, and the last thing you need in competitive sports is to let your emotions get the better of you.

There will be bets you will win and bets you will lose, and if you let either of them get to you, then the chances are that you will end up making bad gambling decisions.

If you have lost a few bets, then you are better off to start all over again than to let it affect your state of mind.

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Think of it like a batter who starts every new inning with a fresh mindset. The only way he has to succeed is to forget that he struck out in the last few innings.

Roll with the hard times

Ask any old gambler how did they do to survive at the tables, and they will tell you that no matter how good you are, it’s inevitable that you will have a bad string of results or even a bad year.

Every old timer will also tell you that it’s virtually impossible to completely avoid dips in your bank balance. So, if you think of money regarding what it can buy for you and you do not have the mental strength to take a negative hit – then maybe you shouldn’t gamble until that changes.

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Similarly, when your bank balance sees a spike – it doesn’t mean that you should go ahead and splurge it on the latest Ferrari. In the gambling business, things can go from good to pretty bad very quickly, and it’s crucial to preserve capital.

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