I am very happy to come home with any part of my original stake. However, as the trip grows near I start to dreaming of winning 5K on a slot and paying off some long term debt. Who am I kidding, I'd use it for the next trip. So then I wondered how much would I have to win to pay a few bills, buy something slightly extravagant, and have a good stake for the next trip. Of course it's all relative, but for me the bare minimum would be $25,000. Not bloody likely but at least I have a goal. I don't want to be mega bucks greedy, just win enough to have a good time and a return trip. What if your fun goal?