If you're flat betting, i.e., betting the same amount on the casino's even money
bets -- each hand of blackjack, roll of the dice (pass line), or spin of the wheel,
you get an edge by winning more bets than you lose.
If you're varying your bet size, you get an edge by knowing when you enter the
advantage arena and when to increase your bet.
Understand these eight key decisions which you make in each of your casino gambling
sessions, and you will take giant steps towards grabbing an edge every time you
Time management and money management are the keys for ascending to the advantage
arena, for staying there, and for any short-term approach to a potential winning
casino gambling session.
I like to express this idea as eight decisions that you make in conjunction with
each gambling session.
Making these decisions will establish the discipline that most gamblers lack,
but most winning gamblers possess - the discipline to Get The Edge!
Decision 1: To play or not to play
Decision 2: Which game to play
Decision 3: Which casino to play
Decision 4: Which table to play
Decision 5: Betting unit size and tactics for increasing the bet
Decision 6: When to leave the table
Decision 7: When to leave the casino
Decision 8: When to terminate the casino session
Taken together, these eight decisions constitute a Plan Of Action for your gambling
trip (if you're traveling to a remote location like Las Vegas) and your gambling
sessions. You should think about each one before leaving home and/or before each
gambling session, and write down your thoughts on each decision.
I recommend that you use a small pocket notebook and write down your thinking
on each of these decisions before you play. But even if you don't write down
your decisions, think about them. You will find that this mental preparation
to become mentally ready will contribute to and enhance your winnings or minimize
your losses during the inevitable losing sessions.
Let's examine each decision in detail.
Decision 1: To Play Or Not To Play
Ask yourself three questions before you leave home for the casino, or before you
leave your hotel room for a session:
Am I tired?
Am I emotionally upset?
Do I have a plan of action of this session?
If you answered yes to either of the first two, you should seriously consider
not playing at this time because your risk of losing is high. Or, if you play,
reduce your bet size, or have some fun with the quarter video poker machines.
The casinos will always be there; go when your energy level is normal or high
and you are mentally ready to exercise the discipline to win. Tired or emotionally
upset gamblers risk losing their discipline to stick with a plan of action;
if this happens, you are usually beaten before you start.
The third question above regarding the plan of action is, essentially, consciously
making these eight decisions. As noted earlier, you should document each one,
but even if you don't, think through each one before your session.
An internationally known gaming author, player, and instructor, Jerry is the author
of five gaming books:
Blackjack - A Winner's Handbook
Sports Betting - A Winner's Handbook
Blackjack's Winning Formula
Casino Gambler's Winning Edge.
The two most popular are Casino Gambling and Blackjack:
A Winner?s Handbook. Either can be purchased at Amazon by clicking the links
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