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Can What You Read Really Change Your Mind?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by bardolator, Sep 26, 2014.

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  1. bardolator

    bardolator Lifelong Low Roller

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    Few if any people ever change their minds after reading a political post. At least I have never seen it happen. Is the same thing also true for gambling posts? Have you ever read something here that made you rethink the way you manage money, what games you play, how you wager, how you prepare, or what strategy you employ? If so, please share. I am particularly interested in knowing if a post here made you decide to log some hours reading a book or practicing a skill set in an effort to become more of an "advantage" player.
     
  2. Hobofrank

    Hobofrank Prime Minister of Idiocracy

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    yes to both actually and I used to vote straight D, certain craps posts here in the last few months have made me reevaluate my play, but on the eve before I head to Vegas I'm at a loss to go into detail (IOW I'm packing and counting my BR)
     
  3. mescalita

    mescalita High-Roller

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    1. Blackjack and poker are my standard games. JOB was the only VP I played for many years. Started playing 10/7 DB last year after reading some posts here. ! actually researched and keep practicing optimal strategy, and am hoping for at least a couple winning sessions someday. :)
    2. My kids have dragged me to a craps table a few times, with mixed results. I'm getting a little more interested, mostly because of some crazy trip reports here. More reading ahead of me.....
     
  4. Ty

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    Definitely. We’ve gone from a mix of slots and VP to pretty much only VP (maybe a little craps or roulette). I’ve learned to focus our play at one or two casinos. I’ve learned about variance and how to find the full pay VP machines.

    From reading what the folks here said about downtown we decided to check it out. During our November trip last year we made it a point to go downtown from the strip and see MSS. We spent a couple of hours playing (VP for me, slots for my wife), had the lunch buffet, and enjoyed the vibe. A few months later my wife got a mailer from MSS for two free nights. On the following trip we planned two nights at MSS and five on the strip, we ended spending one night on the strip. Went back to MSS for the balance of the trip.

    I’ve also learned to ask for comps which we had never done. At MSS, if your coin-in is sufficient, the BConnected booth will print buffet vouchers. We’ve also had a room night or two comped at the end of trips.
     
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  5. Kickin

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    I wouldn't have started playing VP if it wasn't for this forum (damn this place!). I also started playing a bit of bacc because of this forum. I'm not a big craps player but I have learned various other ways to play from some posts here, strategies that may just be more fun, or better ways to bet on a "trend" continuing. I also knew very little about how comps worked before coming to this board, or at least how tiers worked. I just never cared until I got pissed one time for having to wait in a long check-in line in AC and seeing a bunch of grubby Diamonds getting to bypass it. So I came to this board to figure out what the tiers were all about and then learned that VP was the quickest way to earn them, etc.
     
  6. smartone

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    I'm incredibly open to changing or "evolving" (I guess is the new pc word) and am actually quite proud of it, cause I agree... a lotta folks aren't. I know I come off like a "know it all", but I'm not embarrassed to admit when I'm wrong or change my thoughts in the least. Just recently happened with regards to the whole Ray Rice fiasco. I'd formed some pretty strong thoughts early on and then I listened to Carrie Champion speak on the radio about it. She's the lady who sits between Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless on ESPN's First Take show. She can't get a word in edgewise on that show, so I never really thought much about her, but she's deep and intelligent and her thoughts on the whole issue completely changed my view.

    Though I know an awful lot about Las Vegas, I'm not the gamer that so many of you are and I've learned and apply TONS of what I've read here on VMB. I've benefited immensely from reading others advice or tips.
     
  7. bardolator

    bardolator Lifelong Low Roller

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    Before posting this thread, I postulated that there would be a difference between being a newbie and coming to a site such as this as compared to coming to the site as an experienced gambler. I'm not sure now if that was correct.

    Good luck, frank67, and please say more when you get back.

    Smartone, without us pushing any politically sensitive buttons, can you share, briefly, how and why your perspective changed on this Ray Rice situation? I don't watch talk tv or listen to talk radio, and would be glad to know that someone in that business can make a difference. It seems that all anyone in that racket does is preach to the choir.
     
  8. smartone

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    I guess when Round 2 of the whole Rice thing exploded after TMZ posted the video of what occurred inside the elevator, I found myself really questioning the media and whether many of the main-stream news outlets were reporting news or becoming a part of it. There just seemed to be such a quick avalanche of negative opinion and outcry for Goodell to step down, Rice to be booted from the league and an almost posse like mentality that I thought the press was actually leading, not reporting public sentiment.

    I wish I could accurately recant the 15 minutes or so I heard Carrie Champion speak about this on the radio, as I was driving to the airport, but her comments just really sensitized me to another side of things and the severity of the issue that I had not considered. I tend to have a short-attention span and radio, alone in the car on a 40 minutes drive often allows me to really tune-in (no pun intended) to what's being said. Though this was just a sad situation anyway you slice it and I was in no way a supporter of what Rice had done... I was taking a very superficial approach to it and her comments really sunk in.

    I've always thought being able to educate one's self on the facts and various differing opinions of any situation and then move from an initial position is a strength. I always feel I grow a bit as a person when it happens to me and actually, I feel like it happens more as I get older. I think the pre-conceived notion is that older people get "set in their ways"... well maybe so maybe not, but I seem to be more comfortable with considering new ideas and opinions than I was in my 30's. Then... I thought I knew everything... now... I kinda truly comprehend just how much I don't know!
     
  9. LV_Bound

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    What I read is part of the data gathering process and may "influence" my final decision.
     
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