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Casino Discipline Required

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Priv8guy, Dec 6, 2016.

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  1. RTD122418

    RTD122418 Well-Known Member

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    It happens every time I'm in Vegas, or any place where there is a casino.....I get so wrapped up
    in playing video poker, and end up losing yards of cash. I sit at VP for hours upon
    hours day and night struggling to quit and do something else. I absolutely enjoy playing but, I regret
    that my initial intention is to play for an hour or two, and quit if I've exceeded my allowance. But I seldom do.

    So, in anticipation of my January trip, I am hoping to get some advice on how to break away from these
    marathon sessions, and do something else in Vegas rather than sit at VP. I need a distraction, or an attraction other than what the casino offers..

    How do you pull yourself away from your game, and what do you do in place of gambling while on the Strip?
     
  2. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    Plan a diversion that requires a reservation (meal, spa, show, etc.). That way you have a set time you have to leave the machines
     
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  3. mdee

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    I split my money up into Days divided by Sessions per Day. I leave the rest in the Room Safe.
    My biggest problem is not me but my Other Half! I can walk away but She can Play for Hours!
    Learn to set Stop Losses and Stick with them. Use Discipline! Don't Chase Comps or Losses.
    I usually find other distractions like going to the Spa to fill my time.
     
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  4. Snidely

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    Can you afford this trip?
     
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    Sounds like you are past the point of help honestly.If you cannot break down your VP sessions with X amount of $ or time spent by now,you are putting yourself in a bad spot as you already know..Change it up! ..Leave bankroll in the room and ATM cards also first off. Believe me it gets old going back and forth to the room and eventually you call it a day..plan some dinner etc and enjoy the room you just spent a few hundred on if a bad day. GL
     
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  6. stackinchips

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    This. It's easy to get caught up playing in the casino. I often do it myself. I'm having a bunch of fun at a table or bouncing around playing slots, and next thing you know, I look down and realize I've been playing for hours. I can see if you're strictly a VP player how this would be even more likely, since it's easy to get in a zone while you're playing VP as you're so focused on it compared to other games.

    I implemented the advice above a few years back and I now try to have at least one event per day that requires a reservation. It may be a tee time, dinner reservation, show tickets, etc. Anything that makes you stop what you're doing and leave the casino. It's not that I can't stop, it's that without something "interesting" to pull me away, I'll just continue playing. Of course the problem with non-stop gambling is that eventually you run cold, and dump a bunch of money, and/or you eventually wind up just going through the motions and not fully enjoying the gambling. Sometimes those things are related. Getting out of the casino and doing something else is like hitting a reset button for me. I'll have a nice dinner, maybe walk around for a bit, chat with my friends or wife, maybe even grab a cocktail and enjoy the atmosphere. Then when I do finally go back to gambling, it's like starting all over again. The added benefit is that all those activities make the trip that much more enjoyable too.
     
  7. zanepro

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    When I need to slow down my gambling and don't have anything else planned I go play limit hold'em.
     
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  8. deansrobinson

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    Ah...that's the rub. For you, you mean you actually have to physically leave the casino...can't be in close proximity to gaming? I'm not really sure how you'd do that, given that even if you step out the front doors - there are nothing but casinos left, right and center. The only thing that might work - as mentioned above - would be to schedule a hard-stop for something like a show, dining or something that removes you from the gaming floor. In all honesty, it sounds bad that you get so wrapped up in gambling that you can't quit after $X losses or X-hours of time. Just curious...when you win...do you ever consider just cashing out, coloring up? IF not, why do you think that is the case?
     
  9. meyers67

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    When I'm getting close to wanting to leave, I will tell myself that I'm leaving when I get the next four of a kind.

    When it comes, I cash out and leave.
     
  10. rob889

    rob889 High-Roller

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    I'd recommend putting some money on one of the games that is on during the time you'll be playing and if you can get yourself to watch the game your hour or two or three of VP will still be the same in duration but it will help slow your roll between hands. Doesn't matter if you like or even know the team (let alone the sport) because either way you can use it as a distraction. Train yourself that just because the machine is in front of you doesn't mean you have to pound away as if it's a race to get through as many hands as possible...and this is coming from someone who loves to get as many hands in per minute as possible haha. Get a drink, people watch, etc to pace yourself a little better.

    Other than that, if you truly enjoy VP there's no reason for you not to play as long as you want, even if you feel guilty about it later. I'd recommend you just take as much money as you want for that session and if it runs out just make sure you don't run back to the room or (god forbid) hit the ATM.
     
  11. Nevyn

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    Seriously, those are gambling addiction warning signs.

    If its limited to VP, just don't even start with VP. If you can't do that, or its not worth going without VP, don't go.

    Hate to sound like a "when the fun stops" brochure but you need to honestly assess what you can / can't stop and stay away from what you are compulsive about. Some people can manage it by limiting their cash and not bringing means to take out more. Some can resist the call of the ATM. But if that is not you and you can't play within budget you are destined for some trips you do not enjoy very much.
     
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  12. blackjacker2

    blackjacker2 Never ever play 6:5, it is not blackjack

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    Well for the OP, my advice would be have a loose plan. I am going in March and I already have shows booked, shows ear-marked and activities like the mob museum, pin ball hall off fame, zip wire on Fremont Street, shopping trips etc pencilled in. If I don't do 3-4 shows in a week, then I am disappointed, as if I'm flying over 5,000 miles I want to 'do' vegas. Some shows you just have to take a risk with and this board has loads of advice/reviews to help inform your choice. Best cheapest show I have ever seen is Mac King at Harrahs.

    I've done all the obvious stuff, but this board inspires me to try new things when people do a trip report. I like what others say about a gambling budget per day as I too have been to Vegas for week and lost my bankroll in the first two days - oh how that still hurts despite the many comps I got (we are talking 10 plus years ago). In those days I had much less money and surviving 5 days in Vegas on a meagre budget is no fun at all - I cannot even think how I even endured walking by tables and slots. My Vegas and general gambling approach is really influenced by that one bad trip, but I have since had several winning trips. Largely I ignore comps, but I'll take the output from my play gladly when settling my hotel bill.

    Some things I have done that cost no money at all, which are brilliant are a trip the Gamblers General Store, also next door is Spinettis. I love visiting all the casinos that have opened or changed since my last trip so in 2015 I checked out the SLS, I still really need to explore Wynn/Encore. I always like Fremont Street and who can resist a trip to main Street Station casino and brew pub? I still have never visited Circus Circus!

    The key gambling time for me is mornings, the tables get too busy for my liking in the evenings and I don't like getting crowded out by high limits and some poorly behaved people who cannot hold their alcohol. So I tend to make my plan around gambling in the morning and planning activities for lunch such as the Stratosphere tower and evening events/walks on the strip. I hope this helps
     
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  13. Sonya

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    I second what others are saying. Have a list of things that are not gambling related to do and when it feels like you've been there too long, get up and do something different. I find that sometimes taking a day or few hours and getting out of Vegas entirely is helpful to clear the brain. Take a nice long walk at Red Rock or something and breathe some fresh air.

    I also separate my bankroll into days and sessions (am, day, night). Losing is no fun and setting limits can be a help. However, if you find yourself unable to stick to your budget and walk away when you're out of cash, you may need to look into further assistance with a GA group or other resource.
     
  14. RTD122418

    RTD122418 Well-Known Member

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    My sincerest thanks for all of your supporting replies...
    You have given me some sound advice, and ideas to put into place once I'm back on the Strip. And, for that reason
    I'm going to heed your advices and enjoy my trip in January.
    What you have all said made a lot of sense to me, and helps me confirm some truth about my problem. I've never reached out for
    such personal help before, but I'm glad that I did it here in front of some thoughtful and considerate souls.
    Funny how stating a problem to a group can bring some badly needed self realization.
    I'll always love Vegas, and hope to enjoy it for a very long time.
     
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  15. smerrian

    smerrian View from Bally's

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    I rent a car and go on a day trip. A full day is a nice drive to Death Valley or the Tacopa Hot Springs/China Date Farm. A half day is Valley of Fire and drive back along Lake Mead or a hike up to the lodge at Mt Charleston. These are things that take my mind completely off of gambling. When I'm at dinner or a show I never fully enjoy it because I keep thinking I'd rather be downstairs gambling.
     
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    And all of this advice didn't cost you a thing! Have fun on your next trip. After all, that is what it is all about, right?
     
    Maybe not this year. Looking forward to 2021!
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    My SO thought golf in Las Vegas is expensive....until I asked her to compare her last five hours to my $200 on the course!

    Find a diversion to limit your time on the floor. Those otherwise normally expensive things like golf, spas, expensive dinners, day trips etc are much less expensive than spending an afternoon at a machine.

    After the better part of a day doing "other" stuff, you are quite satisfied with smaller sessions inside.
     
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    Break things up by buy in. If you put in $100, make it a rule that you move on when it's gone even if that means walking 10 minutes to the next casino to play the same game.

    Me and my wife subconsciously do this (i.e. not a hard and fast rule) and we end up at probably 6 to 10 different casinos in an evening. Breaking things up like that makes the trip more interesting anyway and you'll spend less with all the transit time factored in.
     
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  19. NJS24

    NJS24 Voice of Reason

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    OP, you keep feeding that machine until you hit that GD Royal!!! Then, and only then would it be appropriate to endulge in other activities.
     
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  20. Breeze147

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    I'm really sorry to be the one to break this to you, but maybe contacting Gamblers Anonymous is a good idea.
     
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