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Pushing it

18 August 2015

It’s a quite familiar situation for many casino players. The session is not going well; you lose and lose and lose some more. Nothing seems to be working. You try this strategy and that strategy and even a few strategies that you know are completely ridiculous.

You bet with the trends; you bet against the trends; you flip coins to figure out how to bet. Nothing helps. Oh, man, nothing helps.

Yes, you make sure you play perfect basic strategy at blackjack -- you are referring to the card on every hand, just to make sure; you lose. You play perfect strategy at pai gow poker; you’re constantly asking the dealer to make sure you are setting your hands correctly; you lose. You try to latch onto streaks at mini-baccarat; they go against you and, yes, you lose. At roulette, it feels as if your numbers aren’t even on the wheel.

You hit the slots; jumping from machine to machine if you lose more than seven spins in a row; you can’t find a machine that even lets you be ahead for a spin or two. In video poker you bring a card to play your favorite games; you might as well burn it because you never get dealt anything that helps you make a good hand.

Then in desperation you hit upon your last strategy, a horrible strategy, and the thinking (if we can actually call it thinking) goes something like this: “I’ve been on a terrible losing streak. I can’t keep losing forever. If I jump up my bets, I can in a few hands win everything I lost back. I just have to push it; push it hard and I’ll make a comeback.”

So you push it. You were betting $10, maybe a little more, maybe a little less, depending on the game. Nope, not any more. You will now increase to $50; if you lose at that, you will go for a $100. Luck has to change doesn’t it?

This is often called “going on tilt,” meaning you are not thinking straight and you aren’t playing wisely. You are off center. Your mind is angled the wrong way at this moment. You’re bent. You’re crooked. In a real way (well, a “kind of” real way) you have lost your mind. Because you think something must happen, you convince yourself that such a something will happen. You must start winning sooner or later right? It has to -- has to -- be coming right up. So why not bet into it?

Sad to say, but that sooner might not be tonight. That later might be a long, long way away. Going on tilt is not a surefire way to win. But if things continue in a horrible fashion, it is a surefire way to get your bankroll savaged and torn to shreds.

Most casino gamblers have probably had their tilting experiences. Most of those most have learned (the hard way!) that it is best to stop playing when things have been going bleakly. Take a break. Take a walk. Take a nap. Do not allow yourself to lose control.

Trying to push your way to victory is not a good game plan. You should stick to your normal bets and if things have gone south for some time, then “flee!”

I’ll tell you this, fleeing is better than pushing.

Frank Scoblete’s new book is “I Am a Dice Controller: Inside the World of Advantage-Play Craps!"
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Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

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Frank Scoblete
Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

The Captain's Special Report

> More Books By Frank Scoblete