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The Integrated Gambler: How to Enjoy the Total Casino Experience - Part 3

2 March 2002

On casino vacations gambling can so dominate the days, the nights, the mind and the heart, that we become mentally, emotionally and physically lopsided; in short, we become unstable. We eat far too much, sleep far too little, and stand, sit, slouch or slump at table or machine for far too long. We tend to forget why we are there -- to experience pleasure, to have fun, and no one can convince me that those cursing, fuming, foaming players that we all too often see pounding their fists on the tables and slapping the machines upside their handles are really having fun. Rather, they are like the children you see at Circus Circus, moppets on overload, bloated on soda, stuffed with candy, wound up, sugared-out, overtired, screaming, crying, stomping, spewing and, yes, for all intents and purposes demented by, of all things, an excess of play.

Nothing in excess is fun -- not even, well, fun. As Epicurus, that great Greek philosopher said, and I paraphrase: "The goal of life, my fellow Athenians, is to maximize pleasure and to minimize pain but at a certain point, too much pleasure can become pain, dumbo!"

Think of the things we do for pleasure and you can easily see how painful they could become if we did them for prolonged periods of time, if we did them for work.

In real life, if you went to the movies every waking hour every day for weeks on end, you'd get sick of the movies. They wouldn't be fun. Ask a professional movie reviewer how much he enjoys the hundreds of garbage movies he has to see each year. His idea of a great leisure-time activity would not include a night at the bijou.

If you went to the beach for 10 hours a day every day for a summer, you would become a leathery beast with creeping melanoma and growing melancholia to boot. Do you really think a lifeguard is having fun in the sun? If you went to gourmet restaurants day after day for 10 or 12 hours at a stretch, you'd not only be monstrously fat but broke and, quite possibly, you'd become a serial killer of haughty waiters. Cooking on a weekend for some friends is fun, being a chef six nights a week is not fun. Anything we do too much of is not fun -- it's work. Work is the excessive thing we all must do to put food in our bellies, roofs over our heads, and vacations on our calendars.

So too with casino gambling.

Recreational gambling is fun, no matter what your game, machine or bankroll. Win or lose, it is fun. But too much gambling is not fun. Professional card counters, those who actually make their living playing blackjack, are not having fun -- they are working -- and most of them are positively grim. One professional blackjack player once said to me: "Frank, I hate the casinos. I wish I never saw another casino as long as I live."

Nor are professional poker players noted for their wit and charm and bubbly personalities as they pursue their chosen profession. Why? Because it's work with a capital "W" and very few people have the capacity to wit and charm and bubble their way through a work day, week, month, year or career. Dealers might say they enjoy their work but how many of them deal in their leisure time for fun? Not one. How many surgeons do surgery in their leisure time for fun? Again, not one. How many dentists drill their own teeth on their days off? (Well, maybe some. Dentists are, after all, strange.) Next time: Casino players must maintain their normal rhythms to enjoy the casino experience to its fullest.
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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:

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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:

> More Books By Frank Scoblete