How to Maximize a Bankroll
The primary purpose of your gaming session is to win…but that isn’t always in your hands, so the next goal is to maintain your bankroll. Remember that once you are in the heat of a game, it isn’t always easy to hold back and not go over your bankroll. A pro will refer to the term “on tilt” to describe a mood that adversely affects judgment. Strategy is meaningless without good judgment. Going on tilt is a fast way to bust a bankroll. If you find yourself tired or frustrated about not winning, you need to walk away. This is the best way to protect your bankroll.
Another issue is drinking while you are gambling. Free drinks are nice, but remember that there is a reason they keep them coming! They want you to lose some judgement and keep on wagering. They want you to get caught up in the fun of “just one more wager.” Will you win? Most likely not, but the casino doesn’t care- they are going to get their cut. It’s a cut throat world on the casino floor and they know that you drunk means more money for them. Be aware- it’s nice to get a free drink, but five are not better than one. Drink slowly if you can’t turn down a freebie. It won’t impare your judgement and decisions.
Always start with a pre set bankroll limits. The important thing to remember here is that limits are established in advance when your mind is clear precisely because casinos can be confusing. You will be constantly tempted to bet more, play more, or wager in ways that are unwise. Never give in to the temptation. Always follow your optimal stop-loss and win-limit strategies. Of course, never play with scared money. If you can’t comfortably afford the loss, then don’t make the bet. Fifteen-dollar bets will get you free drinks and friendly service in a typical casino. Twenty-five dollar bets usually will result in a discounted room. One hundred dollar bets usually garner free meals and discounted or free rooms. Sure you may get more comps when you up your wagers, but remember that nothing is truly free.