Its Time to GO, When
Usually, I start one of these articles with a joke or a funny story. Thats my nature. Im a pretty easy-going guy. Despite the fact that I take craps pretty seriously, I like to enjoy myself along the way. A few of my cohorts like to joke that when I was in high-school my guidance counselors file probably contained just two words about me: "yard work." Theyll tell you that in my yearbook, I was voted "Most Likely To Injure Himself Opening a Door", and that during algebra, I always interrupted the teacher by asking, "When do we get to whittle?" Thankfully, Ive improved a bit since then, or at least I hope that I have. I know for sure that my hand-eye coordination with the dice has improved immeasurably. Theyll tell you that that is just further evidence of a mis-spent youth, raging hormones and not having a girlfriend.
Occasionally in the casino I run into something that takes some of the fun away. One example of when that can occur is if I am having a losing session. I know that I have to endure them once in a while if I want to continue to use craps as my sole source of income. I also know that if I cut my losses short, I wont have as much money to make up for on my next session. Knowing that I can turn a profit on 19-out-of-every-20 sessions keeps my confidence high. Recognizing that Ill have to endure one of those losing sessions at least once every four to seven-days, is something that my ego can take. On the other hand, its not something I take any pleasure in, and my fun is definitely limited during one of those losing sessions. I HATE losing, but Im mature enough to understand that I cannot win every time that I step up to the tables.
Thankfully craps has helped me mature, and has taught me not to be impatient or hot-headed when it comes to maintaining discipline, a tightly-focused game plan and adhering to strict money-management. Its an understatement when I say that most of those lessons have been hard taught. I can tell you that the first ten or fifteen years that I played craps, I saw some great profits, but I also endured some horrific losses. Since I began Precision-Shooting more than 10 years ago, the massive losses have pretty much stopped. Now, when I lose, I cut them short if things arent going well and I accept that this is going to be one of those losing sessions that I dread.
All of this brings us to other peoples losses when Im playing at the tables. Usually I am nonplused by the losses or wins of other players. Many, many times there are plenty of players who are making more money off of my rolls than I do. Im not jealous or envious. Im happy for them. My level of play, bankroll and money-management methods are obviously different than theirs are, and thats just fine with me.
When I see players lose large amounts of money at the tables, the same thoughts hold true. They have a different approach to this game and I respect their ability to make different choices than I do. If they can afford it, then, all the more power to them.
However, I can honestly say that I am affected when I see people losing more money than I know they can afford. It takes away quite a bit of the joy from the game. Even if I am winning at the time, my pleasure is reduced if I see the degeneration of a person with a gambling problem. Some people play down to their last dollar, then they exhaust their bank card, and finally tap out their charge-card. Thats when they finally leave the casino. Look at it this way, the ENTIRE town of Las Vegas is engineered to separate you from your money. Youre not in Kansas anymore Dorothy, and this isnt East Gopher Hole, Montana with two taverns and a Laundromat. This is Vegas, and you have to be careful with your money. The same thing goes for ANY casino that you set foot into, wherever it is.
I thought that I would make a list of some of the early warning signs that you should look out for, so that you will know when perhaps it is time to leave the table.
§ When yesterday morning becomes tomorrow afternoon in one session.
§ When youve been at the table for three or more shift-changes.
§ When the cocktail waitress refuses to serve you any MORE alcohol.
§ When youve tried everything that you can think of to win, and your session has still been a complete disaster.
§ When the dealer or box-man suggests, almost apologetically, that its time for you take a break.
§ When your Precision-Shooting is not hitting the mark.
§ You've been playing for what seems like an eternity.
§ When your vision is blurred.
§ When your judgement is blurred.
§ When you cant seem to settle into a rhythm.
§ When you are tired.
§ When you find yourself saying unbelievable, this cant be happening, unreal, this game MUST be rigged, or check the dice.
§ When you are frustrated.
§ When second-hand smoke from another players is bothering you.
§ When your own first-hand smoke is bothering you.
§ When EVERYTHING is bothering you.
§ When you are angry, upset or irritated.
§ When you need to take a washroom break, but youd just as soon fill an empty beer bottle.
§ When you need to take a washroom break, but youd just as soon fill your dark-blue no-one-will-notice suit-pants.
§ When your stomach growls loud enough for everyone to look around fearing an uncaged zoo animal is on the loose.
§ When you hit your Stop/Loss limit.
§ When the floor-man, without your asking, hands you a meal comp, and says, Maybe youll have better luck after you eat.
§ When the Pit Boss, without your asking, hands you a room comp, and says, Maybe youll have better luck tomorrow.
§ When you fall asleep at the table waiting for one more try with those damn dice, maybe its time to call it a day.
§ When you start to think that it's been bad for so long, the law of averages has to make things better.
§ When another player leaves the table with his winnings, and says, Have a nice day, and you respond with, Dont tell me what to do.
§ When the dice circle the table with nobody making a point or even hitting a number before 7-ing out, and you refuse to bet on the wrong side or the darkside, because thats only for losers.
§ When you start talking to yourself out-loud, and you respond by saying, That doesnt make any sense.
§ When you start talking to yourself out-loud, and you respond by saying, That makes A LOT of sense.
§ When you hear cheers of triumph go up at every other table but yours.
§ When you start to hear voices that arent really there.
§ When you start to hear voices that appear to be coming from the dice.
§ When you start sobbing uncontrollably.
§ When you start sobbing controllably, but feel like curling up into a fetal position.
§ When you look at other players coloring-out chips and you silently curse them with unhealthy wishes.
§ When you look at other players coloring out chips and you LOUDLY curse them with unhealthy wishes.
§ When you feel immense chest pains, and your left arm and fingers start to go numb.
§ When you decide that one LARGE bet will make up for that irritating string of small losses that youve been enduring.
§ When find yourself saying something to another player or to a casino employee that you'll regret later.
§ After losing that one LARGE bet, deciding to put the balance of your bankroll at risk on one last desperate make-or-break bet.
§ When you take out you false teeth, and ask if you can wager them.
§ When you take out you false teeth, to wager them and the box-man takes out his teeth to fade your bet.
§ When you start thinking about how to embezzle funds from your employer.
§ When your pockets and wallet are jammed with ATM cash-withdrawal receipts, and you have a few measly $1 white chips left in your rack.
§ When you realize that you are not having fun any more, and it hasnt been fun for quite a while.
§ When you realize that you havent been betting with your head, but betting way, way over it.
§ When you consider using the rent money to extend your playing time.
§ When you consider using the diaper and baby-formula money to extend your playing time.
§ When you are afraid to leave because a hot hand may finally develop.
§ When you make every conceivable bet on the table, so that you will win at least ONE bet.
§ When they call a priest or minister to give you last rights, its time to leave.
So if you find yourself at the craps table in any of these situations, perhaps, it really is time to go.
Good Luck & Good Skill at the Tables
Life. By: The Mad
Good Luck & Good Skill at the Tables and in Life.
By: The Mad Professor