Recreational Gambling Requires Proper Mindset

2014-04-10T00:00:00Z 2014-04-22T18:27:05Z Recreational Gambling Requires Proper MindsetJohn G. Brokopp jbrokopp@comcast.net nwitimes.com
April 10, 2014 12:00 am  • 

People have different reasons for making visits to a casino part of their entertainment regimen. The one incentive common among them is the hope of winning money.

For some, winning money means hitting a jackpot. For others, it means just coming out ahead.

As a rule, the higher you set your expectations the less your chances of walking out the door happy. Jackpots are not easy to hit. Chasing them is a recipe for disaster.

Knowing that there is always next time is the one rule of thumb casino goers should always remember. It’s a far cry from the days before state regulated gambling debuted in the Midwest in the early 90’s.

Getting a chance to gamble used to mean making a trip to Las Vegas once or twice a year. The slots beckoned day and night. Hitting a jackpot on the first day you were there meant you were going to go home a winner only if you didn’t play anymore.

The availability of gambling in a casino is now a short drive from home for a majority of residents of Northwest Indiana and the greater Chicago area.

Frequent trips demand a mindset that will make you happy if you only win a little or simply break even. Let the jackpots come when they may.

Going for broke every time you visit a casino will result in just that. Recreational casino gambling is a world apart from that once-a-year trip to Vegas.

The human frailty of thinking it’s “your lucky day” can also be a one-way ticket on the road to ruin. Good fortune is arbitrary. When it strikes, it always means that for that one instant you happened to be in the right place at the right time.

The determination to preserve profits from a gambling session requires discipline. There are several ways to approach this successfully.

One strategy is to establish a goal. This could mean being a specific amount of money ahead, or perhaps even doubling your money. Once you have attained the goal you set for yourself, the next hurdle to overcome is sticking to it.

It can be so easy to take “just one more twenty” and try your luck before calling it a day. The danger is that twenty will lead to another one and still another. Before you know it you’ve given all of your winnings back and are starting to work on the bankroll you came with.

Setting aside winnings in your pocket, wallet or purse at one time wasn’t as easy as it is today. Winning used to mean carrying buckets of coins to the cashier to be counted. Modern technology issues cash vouchers at the machines.

Squirreling away vouchers instead of putting them back into the machines is one easy way to preserve a winning casino trip.

Modern technology has its disadvantages, too. It’s easy to lose perspective of just how much money you have in a machine when it is revealed to you in the form of a lighted display on a credit meter.

The answer is to cash out following a significant score to see those credits translated into a dollar amount on a paper voucher.

Whatever discipline you decide to embrace, stick to it and you’ll keep the fun in your casino outings.

BONUS ROUND-UP:

BLUE CHIP: A “Fun Day” slot tournament is being held in the casino’s new tournament zone every Sunday this month from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. B Connected player’s club members who earn 250 base slot points between 6:00 a.m. and midnight Monday through Wednesday prior to or on the day of the tournament will receive one tournament session entry. Earn 1,000 slot base points between 6:00 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. on the day of the tournament and you’ll receive a second entry. Earn 3,000 points to get a third entry. Session winners will be awarded $100 in slot dollars. The weekly winner gets $250 in slot dollars.

HORSESHOE: Kudos to The Shoe for its participation in CodeGreen and Earth Hour for the sixth straight year on March 29. The property did its part in bringing awareness to climate change. In collaboration with Chicago Gateway Green, the casino’s famous marquee will be turned off the evening of April 22 along with all non-essential lighting. Also, a recycling drop-off was placed in the employee parking lot for the entire month of April. The employee dining room will have reduced lighting and provide organic locally sourced food, as will the “Shuffle” station in Village Square Buffet. Two 8,000 gallon rainwater collection tanks on property are used for power washing and irrigation year-round.

RIVERS: Sundays in April mean a “Showers of Cash” giveaway at the property. All Rush Rewards members are invited to pick up a free drawing entry in Lotus from 1:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Drawings will be held every half hour from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. One winner at each drawing will play the Showers of Cash money booth game.

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