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What to do when the losing is relentless?

Discussion in 'Full Las Vegas Trip Reports' started by Mnmurphy, Mar 30, 2021.

  1. SimonG

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    Ah, good point. I haven't got around to that yet. Nearest I got was the TAG bar, then YardHouse+Tilted Kilt. HR wasn't happening after that.
     
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  2. Tesla

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    Learn how to play pai gow tiles and flat bet the table minimum. That's my go-to plan when I'm in a deep losing streak. The game is complicated to play (gives you a lot to think about which I like), moves slow thanks to the constant domino-shuffling, and you push a lot of your bets. $200 can last for 2-3 hours at a $25 min table. Of course you won't win your money back doing this but you won't end up spiraling out of control. Check out the Bellagio or Aria for tiles tables.
     
  3. Mnmurphy

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    Thanks all for the great advice! Haven’t hit the tables yet today and deciding what to do.

    I think one clarification is that I’m not necessarily willing to quit or hang it up for the trip - it’s more about how to you still enjoy it when it’s an absolute shit show.

    Envelope system is a great idea and I would normally be on board. However, as someone said I don’t come to Vegas for 5 days to gamble for 3 hours and be done. So, it’s more of a psychology problem for me than a financial one.

    Will report back...


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    Yeah I guess the quitting option is a lot easier on a trip to the local or a day trip.....once you've made the investment to go to Vegas, it's hard to give up gambling if that's one of the main reasons you are there. Gotta chase your losses to some degree I suppose.
     
  5. Goldenknight

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    I do very little gambling at the course. We'll sometimes all buy in for $20 and play a poker game. GIR gets a card, fairway hit gets a card, par gets a card, birdie gets 2, etc. Then whoever makes the best 5 card poker hand wins. Very low stakes stuff but keeps you engaged. You can play terrible and still win money lol
     
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    I usually will try excessively high slots and one hand tAble bet to win it back. I know it’s not good plan but you Asked what I do and that’s the truth!
     
  7. Mawboi

    Mawboi Did someone say Craps?
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    That’s why I think there nothing big about chasing. It’s all random with these games with the odds in favor to the casino. You might feel psychologically worse but the odds are all the same. That’s why you remember the epic comebacks!
     
  8. MNSlotLover

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    The slots have to be pillaging me pretty bad to stop playing altogether. That’s primarily why I’m there. I’ll typically just take a walk and change the venue for a bit. Or take a drink break and play a little VP for an hour. During one trip, I literally hit my stop-loss with a full day left. I did shut it down that time and just spent the day at the pool with the Mrs reading.
     
  9. SimonG

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    I love to relax and enjoy my golf. While $20 is neither here nor there, I'm very reluctant to do it with anyone I don't know really well. History has taught me that others get bent out of shape about it. If you hit your best, you are clearly "wrong handicap" and if you are 2 up, every time you look over they seem to be improving their lie, taking 6 but halving in 5, etc etc. That's just not enjoyable golf for me. I randomly met up with a player I knew from home once at Desert Pines and he was really insistent on a $10 Nassau. So much so that eventually I just said "how about I give you $30 and then I don't have to watch you kick it round?" before he got the message.

    That said, prop bets just ooze out of me on the way round. If we are having fun on the way round and we have a good idea of respective golf ability, I'll take or lay odds on any prop that comes to mind. 20 footer that breaks both ways? What odds do you want to make that? A few of those are fun, but not to the point where it interrupts things for prolonged negotiation. "It's 5/1, you can take that, or lay me it, what do you want to do?" Looking back, I've stood some fairly stiff liabilities on occasion, usually because I opened my mouth and goaded the other guy into taking the water on or whatever.

    Gambling like that is fun to me, you can shoot the shit with a like-minded group and have fun. Trying to prise a cold $20 out of the hand of an 8 handicaper playing off 18.... not as much fun.
     
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    It's called "confirmation bias"! :p

    It's the same reason why you always remember the time that someone at third base "stole" the dealer's bust card, but never the times that their stupid against-the-book hit saved the table.
     
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    Now that is really funny - sad but funny.
     
  12. jyen

    jyen I love gambling !
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    When I go Vegas I go all out. If I have lost all the cash BR I brought with me then I'll use plastic until I reach the daily limit and cant withdrawal anymore.

    I'll keep on fighting until I ran out of withdrawal, I'll save at least 1 buy in for poker tournament . It usually helps me kill a good afternoon/evening follow by a 90mins massage treatment.

    If there's any sports event interest me then I'll also make a bet then watch the game.

    Not really an advice here.. just what I do in Vegas

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    "This is me as well. Basically, if I go to Vegas with $5K to gamble, in my mind, that money is gone once I pull it from the bank. At the end of my trip, if I come home with 10% of that, I don't think of it as losing $4,500. But as winning $500, since I prepared myself to come back with $0.00 if the shit hit the fan."

    This quote is a cool way of looking at that I had never thought of in that way. Thanks Grid.
     
  14. Tesla

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    Oh my God I can't believe I didn't think to mention this... but very few people here play live poker (or at least they don't talk about it, so I never bother either), so maybe that's why.

    But yes, a poker tournament is a great way to keep your bankroll alive.
     
  15. Byron

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    Switch up your games. Try for a streak. Try a big roulette spin and if you win press it all
    Sound crazy but say you win 500 off 150 bet and press 50 on 10 numbers and win that’s 1800
    Then all on red
     
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    Press
     
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    I've done all of these at one time or another, both when I'm either way up (to bask -- if only temporarily -- in the victory) or if I'm way down (to stop the bleeding):
    1. Lock it up and go home early.
    2. Take a day off. If a sports team that interests you is playing that day, make a small bet and watch the game; spend a day at the spa (haircut, shave, manicure, massage); see a movie; bet on and watch a series of horse races.
    3. Enjoy a day of gourmet dining. I particularly like this circuit: caviar at Petrossian, dinner and dessert at Le Cirque, post-dinnet cocktails at Chandelier.

    If all else fails, look for a dealer named Marty, give him half of your remaining gambling money, go out back and let him kick you in the nuts? Or buy a bullet and rent a gun. (J/K)
     
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    That's it, Griswold. You are freaking dead.
     
  19. SimonG

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    I did mention poker earlier, but for some perhaps a clean break is better.... sometimes when its going bad it is going bad... you can enter a decent structed tourny expecting a few hours play from it and watch someone rip it in against your flopped top set in level 1 with a 5-hi flush draw and get there. Seems to be more likely to happen when you are getting an ass-kicking everywhere else, like there's a sign hanging over you..... 'pick on this guy, he's fresh out of luck'

    The sports is one I forgot though. I used to like watching the 51s play anytime it lined up. It used to be pretty bad in all honesty, and yet still a great way to spend a couple of hours, winning or losing on the trip. The upstairs bar over 3rd base has a couple of ok tap options, the nachos were fine, you couldn't hear a single slot machine and the weather was always pleasant. Now they are the Aviators and playing in a new stadium out by RR I believe, I need to check that out next chance I get, but they are on the road during my next visit.

    And for later in the year, ofc Raiders. No idea on ticket prices for that, possibly might be cheaper to just carry on taking a pounding in the pits :)
     
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    I think the opposite is true. At least for me. At my locals, outside of watching TV in my room or slow playing the buffet. There really isn't shit else to do.

    In Vegas, there is a metric ton of shit to do, outside of gambling.

    I think it is a lot easier to fill in the day on vacation in Vegas, than even a single night at my locals. Although, I once lost hard at my locals in a blink. Checked out of my room without ever even touching the bed, and just went home to lick my wounds. I cant do that in Vegas. Then again, I wouldn't have to.

    The caveat I'd add, is it is a lot harder to fill in the time in Vegas if you are alone. And even harder when you are with your buddies, and all they want to do is gamble.
     
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