Gambling is an activity full of fun and enjoyment, if you treat it with respect. This is the reason why alot of people now chose online gambling over casino gambling – it is easier to step back from the computer, in your own home, than it is to step back from the action in a casino. In a casino is easy to get carried away with the atmosphere and the adrenaline, whereas in the comfort of your own home, surrounded by your possessions and your loved ones, it’s easier to be realistic and decide when enough is enough.
It is a sad fact that some people can become addicted to gambling, and it is very important to remain vigilant and recognise when it is time to walk away from the table! It must be remembered at all times that gambling is for fun and entertainment, the minute it starts getting too serious is the minute you are probably out of your league – you should be in it for fun: if you win great, if you lose then that shouldn’t be a problem either.
It is important to remember that even though you are not actually passing physical paper money over, it is coming off your debit or credit card! Make sure to keep track of your credits, and set yourself a ‘budget’ that you are allowed to play with. If you go over this budget then you are playing out of your own rules, and fooling nobody but yourself.
Be aware of the adrenaline rush that everyone gets when gambling – this rush can occur when you are winning or losing, and it is at this point that you need to be very wary – adrenaline makes you do things you wouldn’t normally rationally do, so try not to get too swept up in the moment! Alcohol and drugs have the same kind of effect – avoid gambling when intoxicated! There’s nothing worse than waking up the morning after the night before with a heap more trouble than just a horrendous hangover (and that’s bad enough as we all well know!) Also be wary of when you are ‘on a roll’, because unfortunately the good times can end quite quickly without you being prepared for it!
Do not chase money that you have lost and know when it is time to quit. Also only gamble with an amount you feel comfortable with. It shouldn’t be the lure of the money that makes you gambling but just the sheer enjoyment of it – I love gambling, and love the feeling of winning, but the bets I put on are tiny!
Take the time to really learn your game – there is absolutely no point in being a gambling virgin and going into your first game all guns blazing. Knowing what you are doing and the rules of the game are really of enormous benefit, especially if you actually want to be in with a chance of winning!
At the end of the day, you just have to enjoy gambling for what it is – a fun way to spend some time. Treat it with respect and you are bound to have a great time!