Knowing When to Fold: 5 Times You Should Walk Away from the Casino

Image by wirestock on FreepikKnowing When to Fold: 5 Times You Should Walk Away from the CasinoStepping into a casino can be an exhilarating experience, with the allure of bright lights, the sound of slot machines, and the promise of fortune. However, seasoned gamblers understand that success in the casino is not solely based on luck; it also involves strategic decision-making, including knowing when to walk away. In this article, we’ll explore five crucial moments when you should consider folding your cards and leaving the casino floor.

1) Hitting Your Loss Limit:

Before entering a casino, it’s essential to establish a budget and stick to it. Setting a loss limit is a responsible gambling practice that prevents you from chasing losses and falling into a downward spiral. Once you reach your predetermined loss limit, it’s time to walk away. Temptation may urge you to try to recoup your losses, but more often than not, this leads to further financial setbacks.

2) Emotional Distress:

Gambling can evoke a range of emotions, from excitement and joy to frustration and despair. If you find yourself becoming emotionally distressed, whether due to a series of losses or heated interactions, it’s a clear sign to leave. Emotional decision-making rarely leads to positive outcomes in the casino environment. Taking a step back allows you to regain composure and make rational choices when you decide to return.

3) Winning Streaks and Complacency:

While it may seem counterintuitive, a winning streak can also be a reason to walk away. Success in the casino is often fleeting, and complacency can lead to overconfidence. When you’ve had a series of wins, it’s crucial to assess your situation objectively. Continuing to play under the assumption that luck will persist indefinitely can result in significant losses. Set a winning goal, and once achieved, consider leaving on a high note.

4) Fatigue and Lack of Focus:

The casino environment is designed to be immersive and stimulating, but it can also be physically and mentally exhausting and reason why you need to look after your health and fitness. Extended periods of play can lead to fatigue, affecting your decision-making abilities and concentration. If you find yourself yawning, struggling to stay alert, or making careless mistakes, it’s time to take a break or call it a night. A fresh and focused mind is crucial for making informed decisions and enjoying the gambling experience responsibly.

5) External Pressures:

Life outside the casino should never be ignored. If external pressures, such as personal or financial issues, are weighing heavily on your mind, it’s advisable to walk away from the casino. Gambling is not a solution to life’s problems, and using it as an escape can exacerbate existing issues. Prioritize addressing external concerns before indulging in recreational activities like gambling.


Walking away from the casino at the right moments is a skill that separates casual players from responsible gamblers. Recognizing the signs of when to fold – whether it’s reaching a loss limit, experiencing emotional distress, riding a winning streak, battling fatigue, or dealing with external pressures – is crucial for maintaining a healthy relationship with gambling. By making informed decisions about when to walk away, you can enjoy the casino experience responsibly and increase the likelihood of positive outcomes in the long run.

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Navigating the Shadows: 5 Dangers of Walking the Back Streets in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas, renowned for its vibrant lights and bustling streets, hides a darker side in its back alleys and less-traveled corners. While the city is a haven for entertainment and excitement, venturing into the back streets can expose unsuspecting pedestrians to a range of dangers. From unsavory characters to hidden risks, here are five dangers you might encounter while walking the back streets of Las Vegas.

1) Unscrupulous Characters:

Las Vegas back streets can be a breeding ground for individuals with dubious intentions. As you navigate the less-traveled paths, you may encounter unsavory characters looking to exploit tourists. These individuals might engage in illicit activities, ranging from drug deals to petty crimes. It’s crucial to stay vigilant and avoid engaging with strangers in these areas to minimize the risk of falling victim to their schemes.

2) Dimly Lit Areas:

One of the inherent dangers of back streets is the lack of adequate lighting. Many of these areas are dimly lit or entirely devoid of streetlights, providing cover for potential threats. This lack of visibility increases the risk of accidents, such as tripping over uneven surfaces or encountering obstacles that may pose harm. Pedestrians should exercise caution and consider avoiding back streets altogether after dark to ensure personal safety.

3) Homeless Population:

Las Vegas, like many major cities, has a visible homeless population. While most individuals experiencing homelessness are not inherently dangerous, the desperation and survival instincts that can arise in such situations may lead to unpredictable encounters. Back streets are often frequented by those seeking shelter and privacy, making it essential for pedestrians to navigate these areas with sensitivity and awareness. Avoiding confrontation and respecting personal space is key when encountering individuals facing homelessness.

4) Drug and Alcohol Presence:

Back streets can be a haven for those seeking a discreet location for illicit activities, including drug and alcohol consumption. The presence of individuals under the influence poses potential risks for unsuspecting pedestrians. Intoxicated individuals may behave unpredictably, and encounters can escalate quickly. Steer clear of groups engaging in substance use and prioritize well-lit, populated routes to minimize the likelihood of stumbling upon such activities.

5) Limited Surveillance and Security:

Unlike the well-monitored main streets and tourist areas, back streets often lack the same level of surveillance and security measures. Criminal activities can go unnoticed for more extended periods in these areas, increasing the chances of encountering dangerous situations. It’s advisable to stick to well-traveled routes where the presence of security personnel and surveillance cameras provides an added layer of protection.

In conclusion, while Las Vegas beckons with its glitzy exterior, the back streets harbor potential dangers that shouldn’t be underestimated. From encountering unscrupulous characters and navigating poorly lit areas to dealing with the challenges posed by the homeless population, drug presence, and limited security, pedestrians must exercise caution when venturing off the beaten path. Staying aware of one’s surroundings, avoiding unnecessary risks, and opting for well-lit, populated routes are essential strategies to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience in the city that never sleeps.

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5 Addictions Including Slots & Scratch Cards

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Let’s face it, in an ideal world, no one would become addicted to anything harmful. Drugs, alcohol, gambling…

People become addicted to all manner of things but because it seems so everyday it doesn’t register. Notice how you struggle not to look at your phone every few minutes.

Is that addiction?

One way or another, I suspect we are all addicted to something. If your life functions, you’re not frothing at the mouth, you have your health and haven’t lost all your money. Perhaps, you’re good to go.

For some reason I can’t stop thinking about Homer Simpson in the episode and the Venus Gummy De Milo.

Anyway, from my personal experience, not being addicted to anything, as far as I know, here are my thoughts about 5 addictions.

1) Drinking Alcohol

Yes, I do drink, in moderation. I used to play rugby and I can remember many a time waking up the next morning and feeling as if I had come close to dying in my sleep! That is a touch of hyperbole. I felt rough. In fact, there were many occasions I felt ill all week. Not a good idea. The rugby club used to fill this five gallon watering can and top your pint up as you went along. It was a recipe for near disaster. These days I seldom drink. The thought of a hangover fills me with horror. I remember waking with one in recent years and felt like a bear with a sore head. On the edge of being dangerous. No one wants that. And to be fair who wants to feel ill. I’ve know a good few friends who are alcoholics. They wouldn’t say they were but they are. And sadly one of those drank so much he has brain damage and lives in a care home and in his early fifties. Alcohol is viewed within society as one big laugh. You’re boring if you don’t drink to excess. But in truth it’s a mugs game. It cost far too much money, creates a huge amount of anti social behaviour and ultimately ruins lives. The problem with alcohol, as an industry, is that it’s worth so much money even governments turn a blind eye to the truth. When you see how many isles of a supermarket are filled with alcoholic beverages you don’t need to be a genius to know the truth. Drink less and you will feel better for it and be a better person.

2) Slots

As a youngster I loved playing slots (fruit machines, one-armed bandits). In truth, I don’t like the word slots as it’s not even an English word. We used to go on our annual summer holidays to Caister-on-sea, a stone’s throw from Great Yarmouth. It was back in the 70s. The old Ladbrokes holiday park. Dad went to the 3-Day Eastern Festival to enjoy top-class horse racing, not sure what mum did bar look after us which was a full-time job, and we went to the arcade and played all the machines. You have to remember in the 70s children were encouraged by their parents to gamble. You weren’t a normal child if you weren’t half way to being an addy by your tenth birthday. My twin brother and I must have been born addicts because we couldn’t get enough of them. Our parents didn’t allow us to drink alcohol, smoke or take recreational drugs but we went to the pub with them and the air was a heady mix of alcohol, nicotine and purple hearts. My clothes stank as if I’d smoked 40 John Player Special and I can only imagine what a reading of my blood would have detailed. It was just a normal life for a 10-year-old whose parents loved a night on the town. I loved it too. I’m not sure whether playing those slots was a good or bad thing. These days I find them boring as hell. I can’t stand fixed odds and there is nothing much good about playing slots. They are very addictive and once you start pressing that button it is difficult to stop. I’ve played a few times in recent years, mainly due to boredom, and I’ve gone from winning to losing, once or twice about £200. Very frustrating as the chance to win any amount of money seemed unlikely. These small wins of 13p or something ridiculous. If you’ve ever watched someone play the slots you realise they have turned into a zombie-like character. The spinning reels are the red meat. Do yourself a favour, don’t play slots in any shape or form as they are bad news.

3) Scratch Cards

I can’t say I’m into buying scratch cards, which may be a blessing. I did play the first week of the National Lottery and got 5 out of 6 numbers and won £248 (something like that it wasn’t a great deal of money). I was ruing my luck at having a 1/37 chance of winning about £300,000. What a difference that one number could have made to my life and especially my family. Even the bonus ball would have been several grand! ‘You have to be in it to win it!’ I’m always slightly haunted I change my mind on that wrong number. Just think if I had written an entree to my diary (I don’t have one) and detailed one of two numbers – one beautifully correct and the other horrendously wrong. Anyway, me chatting about what could have been and what was. I’ve noticed a lot of old people when buying their fags or newspaper at the local supermarket or convenience store buy one or more scratch cards. Some look like they haven’t got a pot to piss in and they are spending £20 – £50. It’s like they can’t get enough of the things. It’s all bad news. True they have a chance of winning. My neighbour, Larry, knows a lady who bought a scratch card and won a million. Just think if you were the person who purchased the one before or after. ‘It could be you!’ The reality of scratch cards as it is any fixed odds gamble is that the more you spend the more you will lose. The percentage is the same but 10% of a £1000 is a bloody sight more than £100. It’s times 10 if you need some help! People need to question what they are doing and especially with potential vices. That first purchase could be the making of a bad habit. It doesn’t have to be if you are disciplined, have willpower, and you have an answer to a question. If you don’t think about these things and question your emotions and motivation you will be possessed by a heady mix of neurotransmitters which get you acting like Norman Bates dressing up like his mum and talking about dirty girls and scratch cards. If you find every time you go to the convenience store to buy ‘something’ you rush outside to scratch that silver foil so you don’t have to walk home and back to be a winner then sadly you are an addict. Buy one less scratch card a week until you buy no more. Then you will be a winner.

4) Smoking

Watch an old TV program from the 60s and it seemed like everyone smoked those days. It sounds incredible that in 1962 over 70% of British men and 40% British women smoked. No wonder people had problems. In 2020 the numbers had been lowered to 14.5%. No doubt through education, limited advertising on television and prohibitive costs. My mum and Dad both smoked. My father enjoyed a Castella or five a day, while mum had 20 Embassy, back in the day, and smokes Benson & Hedges (or some brand) now. I can’t help feeling smoking half killed Dad. I can’t imagine it is doing my mother much good either. I think most teenagers try a cigarette. It’s the time and place most get hooked. The cost of looking big in front of your peers. I didn’t like the taste, how it made me feel light headed and feared my parents finding out and, sensibly, considered the health implications. There’s no doubt smoking is addictive. Some people say it’s as addictive as heroin. I haven’t tried to conquer a vice and, perhaps, trivialise the matter as those who struggle as weak. I doubt most are but that’s the impression non-smokers like to imagine. I’d love to be a smoker and say I can stop when I like it and do so but the truth is it can’t be a walk in the park. My Dad loved to smoke a cigar. He’d smoke Castellas and on special occasions King Edwards. I guess on the level of sophisticated cigar smoker he wasn’t but he knew what he liked and enjoyed a good smoke. To be fair, I love the smell of a cigar and especially pipe tobacco. My uncle used to say how back in the day smoking was advertised as fun, sexy and even healthy. There wasn’t much in the way of bad publicity not until people started dying from many and varied forms of cancer. We are all naive to a point. Think of the things in modern times that were accepted without condition. I mean, you could have been smoking a cigar as you covered your eyes on Christmas Island as they tested nuclear bombs. ‘It’s all good fun. Nothing to fear here. You may go home with a decent tan from the second sun in the sky.’ In memory of my Dad I purchased a couple of cigars. I think they cost £20 each. I thought when something good happens, I’ll smoke one of those. Everyone had gone out so I lit one up and enjoyed the smell of it unlit and lit. I enjoyed the look of the cigar as the ash burned. I could tell it was a decent cigar. I thought how Dad would have loved to shared the other cigar sitting in the garden. He’d have appreciated more than I did. After about half an hour I had this thought in my mind. It went beyond a thought to a physical reaction. It made me feel as sick as a dog. Perhaps that was Dad’s way of saying: ‘You don’t need any of those to have the most precious memories of me.’ How true he is and how thankful I am to have had a Dad who was everything and more. Take note of all those loved ones while they are alive. The day will come when someone thinks the very same thing about you whether young or old.

5) Heroin

Thank the Lord I have never dabbled, taken or consumed, or been given against my will heroin. I may have taken prescribed drugs as painkiller, which by all accounts have led some poor people to become addicted to all manner of legal drugs. I pity anyone who finds themselves in such a hole because it must be a misery for them as much as their family and friends. You can probably understand why some people find they are alone in this world. Its not right but I am sure I would struggle living with an addict. I enjoy watching YouTube videos and a fan of Brian Moncada who runs a company in Miami, Florida, called One of his videos he detailed how he found he was smoking too much weeds to help calm his stress. From something he used to relax and bring higher insight had turned into a problem he wanted to curb. I have never smoke weed. I have no interest in taking any form of illegal drugs. I have little interest unless I am medically advise to take prescribed drugs. Even prescribed I am very careful not to become addicted. I imagine many intelligent people have said exactly the same thing and found themselves on the wrong end of a needle and crack cocaine. He had the insight to have an answer to a question. Like most things in life anything can be a positive and a negative. He said this question: ‘If you were stuck in a cell for 6 months with 20 heroin addicts would you be able to stay sober?’ I thought about this and I’m pretty confident (perhaps naive) that I wouldn’t take drugs at any cost. That cost would be my life. I say this because I am anti drugs and very disciplined to a point of being a robot. If it was my decision, I would like to think I would come out of that cell sober and perhaps bring a few poor souls out with me the same. There is a saying: ‘You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.’ That would be me with my heroin mates in the cell for 6 months. I’m not sure whether this saying is true or not. But I’m pretty sure birds of a feather flock together. And it’s good reason why we don’t want to associate ourselves with ‘problem people’. I know it sounds harsh but it’s true. It’s a lovely thing to save a person if not the world. But doing so may disturb the hell out of you, taint your mind or lose the battle between good and evil. I watched a TV program aired in the USA called The Intervention. Honestly, what sorry tales about people who often, through no fault of their own, many making a bad decision, have a life which is desperate. I watched one or two episodes and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Horrendous situations where people had lost grip on their life and influenced and motivated by drugs. They were a shadow of themselves. Their families crushes, angry and often given up. They had a chance, a choice, to get therapy. Many did. When they returned they were different people. They came back refreshed, full of life, hope, cares and dreams. Most looked ten years younger. They had a choice from that day forth to say yes or no to the temptation that awaited them. At the end of the day, so many times, we have to answer the question with strength and disciple. Do not, if at all possible, create bad habits. Especially those which may lead to potent drugs. They will ruin your life. Life and opportunity should be the only medicine you need.

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Drink Alcohol While Gambling

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Drink Alcohol While Gambling Lots of people love a drink. The problem being where do you draw the line between being sober and drunk. Most people slip past midway without a thought and some go on to oblivion. But drinking alcohol and gambling can be one of those problem areas that we can fall into without appreciating the consequences. Personally, I do have a pint or two (sometimes none depending how I feel and what I am doing) but rarely over three. That’s on a non gambling day. I’m more careful if betting. Should we really think before we drink when it comes to placing a bet? What are the odds it will be a bad decision? Here are 5 reasons why you shouldn’t take a sip of Grandpa’s medicine.

1) I’ll Only Have A Pint

I don’t know about you, but all those times I ended up with the hangover from hell came after uttering those words. A swift half turned into yard of ale, a few rugby songs and staggering home in the early hours which seemed to take hours. So now when I’m considering going to the horse racing or casino I decide what I’m drinking so it isn’t an open ended question. From my experience, betting and drink don’t mix.

2) It’s A Long Day

If you go to the races and the casino it’s a long day made even longer by alcohol. You can find yourself drinking too much at the races (costly too just the beer) and you can start losing your sense and bet like there’s no tomorrow. If you start chasing your losses you can soon find yourself in a hole. Then you’re at the casino from perhaps 7:30pm onwards. It’s truly hard work and a bad idea. I doubt anyone has figured it was a good decision.

3) The Cost Of Drinking

Not only is drinking expensive but it can addle your mind. Don’t drink alcohol and bet. If you are thinking about having a heavy night of betting then don’t touch a drop. It won’t do you any favours and the casino may well ask you to leave or suggest you stop gambling as they don’t want some lawsuit against them or fear how this could impact on their licence. You cannot think straight after too much liquor and if you don’t lose all your cash you will wake up with a bad head.

4) Bad Company

Drinking heavily can see your behaviour changed markedly. You simply wouldn’t say these things if sober. If you are loud, argumentative or a bit too flirty at the gaming tables then don’t be surprised if you are asked to leave. These people are doing their job not looking after the inebriated. Have a little respect for yourself and others else it may come back to haunt you.

5) It’s Time To Go Home

You may have had such a drink that you feel you could fight Mike Tyson with one arm behind your back. However, the reality is that you can’t walk in a straight line, talk with any sense or make a logical decision. You’re pissed! You never know who is watching you at the casino but someone is especially if you have won a few quid. You are vulnerable to a mugging or confronted by someone sober who think you look an easier option than the next 6/4 favourite. Don’t take your chance going outside or walking to your hotel because you may not get there. There’s a chance you will fall flat on your face without a push.

Drinking is bad news if you’re a gambler.

Sober up.

5 Horrible Mistakes You Can Make at the Casino

5 Horrible Mistakes You Can Make at the CasinoThe best-laid plans of mice and men. We could be talking casinos, hey? Becuase for all the fun to be had at your brick-and-mortar casino or even online, any punter can look back in horror at a night they would much rather forget. It could be any number of reasons, but we will take a look at 5 mistakes which have caught even the best of gamblers who have literally lost their shirt. And you know that means pounds, shillings and pence.

1) Set Out How Much Money You Wish To Gamble

If you don’t have an answer to a question, you will be floating around on a tide of emotions and the answer you find will most likely lead to a costly mistake. When going to the casino to play your favourite game decide how much you are willing to lose. Ideally, you won’t have to think about losing if you get lucky in those first few hands or spin of the roulette wheel. But have a figure in mind: £20, £50, £100 or £500. It depend on your budget and ‘literally’ how much money you are willing to lose. When you get to that figure stop right there. Why? Because at that point you are betting out of your comfort zone and on emotions. Neither are good news. The chances are it will lead to even greater loss.

2) Don’t Drink Too Much Alcohol

Sure, you’re going out for a good night. But remember, you could well be betting at the tables from early evening to the next day. We’ve all seen the episode of Only Fools And Horse when Dell and Rodney leave the casino to find it’s the next day. I’ve seen it happen to friends and family that they lose track of time and basically asked to the leave the casino at 6am. If you’ve been drinking alcohol for ten-hours straight you simply can’t be thinking straight. If you are gambling under the influence of alcohol you could well bet far too much, leave you pocket less and with a hangover. Neither good news. It’s hard work.

3) Be Careful When You Are Winning Big

It sounds anything but a problem. But it can be just that. If you are winning big, make a decision to go home with your winnings. I’ve seen plenty of punters winning thousands and then the tide turns and the next thing they are losing thousands simply because they didn’t make the decision to stop when they were in front. Let’s face it, no one will win forever in a game that the odds are against you. In practice, the longer you play the more you will lose. When you are flying high with a pocketful of chips you have the option to cash out and go home with a smile on your face. Losing is bad enough but to go from winning to losing is a sorry state of affairs and it can easily lead to huge losses. Don’t find yourself saying: ‘What on Earth happened.’ You only have yourself to blame.

4) Be Aware Of The Casino Cut

They are not all the same. For instance, roulette and blackjack are some of the better games to play. While 3-card poker (pair-plus) is a raw deal and it can erode your money fast. Fair enough, if you just love a certain game then don’t change because that’s your enjoyment but do appreciate what you are playing against. At the end of the day gambling – unless for a profession – it is about fun, enjoyment, and not losing a week’s wage and going home skint.

5) Be Careful When Going Home

It’s never nice to be cynical but it is better to be safe than sorry. Casinos are a melting pot of many different people and you really don’t know who is watching. And if you’re a big winner, cash out a couple of grand, then I can guarantee someone in that casino is watching your move and thinking about the money you put in your pocket. They probably saw which pocket you put it in, know where you are staying from small talk or listening in, and if you are walking back to your hotel or waiting for a taxi to arrive you could find you have a problem. The chances are you could walk home without a care in the world. However, a quick call from someone may see you walk around the next corner to see the heavy mob and they aren’t going to be asking if you have the time. Go home with family and friend or better still get a taxi and wait inside until it arrives.

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