Casinos will do everything they can to help you lose track of time and make poor decisions. They will fetch alcoholic drinks for you. They set up games to make a lot of noise so it sounds like people are winning all around you. They keep the light bright, the windows far removed from view, and don’t show you any clocks.
You should take a break every few minutes. Wear a watch so that you don’t lose track of time. Set alarms on your smartphone so that you stop gambling every 20-45 minutes. You need to fight that somnolent state of mind that keeps you drawing cards or spinning reels or laying down new bets on the table over and over again.
It’s okay to get up and walk around. If you play the slots don’t fall in love with one machine. Allowing yourself to believe you have to stay at any given machine is a poor decision. When you need a break it’s better to change games than to sit there and worry about how you’re going to keep other people from playing the machine.
When you have a good run at a casino you may accept high denomination bills from the cashier. Regardless of how much you win, always ask for the last $100 to be paid to you in $20 bills. Here is why:
When you walk away from the cashier’s window you’ll see some game you are tempted to play. You risk less by putting $20 into that game than by putting $50 or $100 into it. It’s just easier to live with a $20 loss than with a $100 loss, and you are more likely to want to get your money back if you lose $100 than if you lose $20.
Also, as you play different games around the casino it’s alway s a good idea to run up your winnings on several different tickets. Keeping 3 to 5 tickets in play assures that when you lose all the money on one ticket you can move on quickly without regret. If you don’t like filling out the tax forms then cashing in a ticket when it hits $800 to $900 is easy enough to do, and you still have other tickets to play with. Don’t just cash everything in at the same time.