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Quitting while you're ahead
03-22-2009, 04:31 PM
Post: #1
Quitting while you're ahead
On my single visit to a casino I tried the slots just for the hell of it (have to do it at least once in your life, right?) and at one point was up $80 while my friend reached $200 in winnings. I quit while I was ahead and went to have a nice dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe while my friend lost $300 and started asking me for money. The next morning I bought her a nice breakfast (blintzes! Yeah!) but she complained I should have spent the money in the casino instead of on breakfast. By the time we went home she was $400 in the hole and wondering out loud about visiting an ATM to get some more so she could win back what she lost.

Those slot machines just eat money, in my opinion; they take no skill, no strategy, no brains to operate... just sit there and feed the machine. Next time I visit a casino I want to have some skills at blackjack and poker so at least I'll have a hand in whether I win or lose.
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03-23-2009, 12:10 AM
Post: #2
RE: Quitting while you're ahead
(03-22-2009 04:31 PM)Soliloquy Wrote:  ...but she complained I should have spent the money in the casino instead of on breakfast.

I guess that's also a way to lose some weight Wink

(03-22-2009 04:31 PM)Soliloquy Wrote:  By the time we went home she was $400 in the hole and wondering out loud about visiting an ATM to get some more so she could win back what she lost.

That never works out.

(03-22-2009 04:31 PM)Soliloquy Wrote:  Those slot machines just eat money, in my opinion; they take no skill, no strategy, no brains to operate... just sit there and feed the machine.

...and feed the casino owners. (fat smiley should go here Big Grin)

Thanks for the story.

"Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit." - R. E. Shay
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03-24-2009, 03:44 AM
Post: #3
RE: Quitting while you're ahead
(03-22-2009 04:31 PM)Soliloquy Wrote:  On my single visit to a casino I tried the slots just for the hell of it (have to do it at least once in your life, right?) and at one point was up $80 while my friend reached $200 in winnings. I quit while I was ahead and went to have a nice dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe while my friend lost $300 and started asking me for money. The next morning I bought her a nice breakfast (blintzes! Yeah!) but she complained I should have spent the money in the casino instead of on breakfast. By the time we went home she was $400 in the hole and wondering out loud about visiting an ATM to get some more so she could win back what she lost.

Those slot machines just eat money, in my opinion; they take no skill, no strategy, no brains to operate... just sit there and feed the machine. Next time I visit a casino I want to have some skills at blackjack and poker so at least I'll have a hand in whether I win or lose.

"She complained I (you) should have spent the money in the casino instead of on breakfast."

No offense, but is your friend really some kind of shill at the casino? :-)

You did the right thing. I agree with you on slots. This past weekend I played poker for about 2-3 hours and won $93. Last time I played 2-3 hours and won $65. I put a max of $100 down each time. Now, how long would $100 last you in slots? Half an hour if you are lucky??

I'd keep an eye on your friend if you go again. Her behavior and statement show 2-3 signs of problem gambling. The ATM statement is key. If someone feels a need to "win back" losses like that you need to get them out of there. That is perhaps the most dangerous initial sign.
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03-24-2009, 07:26 AM
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RE: Quitting while you're ahead
(03-24-2009 03:44 AM)AZDuffman Wrote:  I'd keep an eye on your friend if you go again. Her behavior and statement show 2-3 signs of problem gambling. The ATM statement is key. If someone feels a need to "win back" losses like that you need to get them out of there. That is perhaps the most dangerous initial sign.

I agree, she was acting pretty irrationally once she had sat at those slot machines for a few hours. She even had this weird wild-eyed look in her eyes that I haven't seen before, or since. I'm glad it was just a quick trip, else she might have done something uncharacteristically stupid.
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04-03-2009, 03:01 PM
Post: #5
RE: Quitting while you're ahead
cant say ive ever been to a top class casino in person as we just done have them in my neck of the woods. But for online casinos i can def relate to ur female friend there.

Im a regular player at 32red and GoWild and sometimes its just amazing how things work out on the slots. Ive literally won and lost hundreds of dollars on the SAME DAY at both these online casinos.

thats the one draw back with online games though, really hard to stop sometimes especially if ur own a streak (winning or losing) because there is no friend there to pull ur ass away. Sure the casino website staff try to monitor your activity to protect you, especially at GoWild, but the major decision has to be taken by you the player. Im begining to wonder if ive had that glazed eye look you described on ur friend.Undecided
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04-03-2009, 10:32 PM
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RE: Quitting while you're ahead
(03-24-2009 07:26 AM)Soliloquy Wrote:  ...she was acting pretty irrationally once she had sat at those slot machines for a few hours. She even had this weird wild-eyed look in her eyes that I haven't seen before, or since.

Dodgy I've seen that look on people.

(04-03-2009 03:01 PM)alca Wrote:  Im a regular player at 32red and GoWild and sometimes its just amazing how things work out on the slots. Ive literally won and lost hundreds of dollars on the SAME DAY at both these online casinos.

Maybe you should try playing poker or some game which requires skill to win, where you can have an edge. I know slots can be fun, but there's no skill involved, the casino has the edge and you cannot influence the outcome.

(04-03-2009 03:01 PM)alca Wrote:  thats the one draw back with online games though, really hard to stop sometimes especially if ur own a streak (winning or losing) because there is no friend there to pull ur ass away.

I agree.

(04-03-2009 03:01 PM)alca Wrote:  Sure the casino website staff try to monitor your activity to protect you, especially at GoWild, but the major decision has to be taken by you the player.

I've seen the self exclusion option but I've never heard that in online casino, stuff stopped somebody from playing because they were losing to much.

(04-03-2009 03:01 PM)alca Wrote:  Im begining to wonder if ive had that glazed eye look you described on ur friend.Undecided

Maybe try putting a mirror beside the monitor to see if you got that glazed eye look. Dodgy If you do, you know it's time to stop playing.

And welcome to DT fellow gambler! Smile

"Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit." - R. E. Shay
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04-04-2009, 04:10 AM
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RE: Quitting while you're ahead
(04-03-2009 10:32 PM)KillJoy Wrote:  Maybe try putting a mirror beside the monitor to see if you got that glazed eye look. Dodgy If you do, you know it's time to stop playing.

That might work if he remembers to look in the mirror every now and then Smile
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06-02-2010, 12:37 AM
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RE: Quitting while you're ahead
Thanks for starting this thread. I hope it will be helpful to many people that are searching for this topic. Keep posting guys and keep this forum a great place to learn things.
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