Today’s post is a true story that unfolded over the weekend. It made me think of karma at the casino. Do you believe in casino karma?
The half-empty cup
I tend to look at things with more pessimism than optimism. My mother was a firm believer in “Wait for the shoe to fall” philosophy. With gambling, it’s no different. Maybe this angle helps me come to terms with the math involved and losing sessions better than most. But, when it comes to gambling, I’ve always believed the following adage – “Embrace the math, not the myth.” It helps to depersonalize your game and provides a stable foundation. The results of a casino are based on mathematical probabilities, not on conspiracies or beliefs based on small samples of observation.
But yesterday could have changed my feelings about it a bit.
Video Poker on a 3X Status Points Day
I don’t believe in karma. Well I didn’t do it until Memorial Day. So with a small bankroll, my wife and I decided to take advantage of the 3X Status Points promotion at Mohegan Sun. My first loss of $ 100 was tedious but not tortuous. Little spent more than 30 minutes.
Then I sat down to play Triple Play Ultimate X. I love the game. I vowed not to stay long as I only had $ 300 left. I would play JOB instead of Double Double Bonus to reduce some of the volatility.
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I sat next to a guy who was playing the same, only 10-play. My game costs $ 7.50 per hand; its cost was $ 25 per hand. Yikes! And he continued to feed the machine.
The bathroom break
I’m not the type to occupy the player’s seat next to me. I don’t know how long I’ll be there, and I want to move when I feel the need to. But sometimes I am more understanding. So when this guy asked me to watch his seat, I said “sure”. After all, we had a brief bonding experience.
When he returned, we had short, cordial conversations while playing with long spaces of intermittent silence… UNTIL…
This VP jackpot theme song is starting to pump out. He had hit a royal with a 3X multiplier – $ 3000 in manpower!
The “After-the-Handpay” experience – Do you believe in Casino Karma
After congratulating him, he told me how it made him even that day. He was very grateful. We chatted again, which I prefer not to do while playing. But he was just a really nice guy. I was about to find out how kind and considerate he was.
After a short time, he was ready to call it a night. First, he thanked me for my company and for taking his seat. Then, on leaving, he repeated his thanks and gave me a tip of $ 100! I couldn’t believe it. I advocate tipping dealers and staff, and I had heard that craps players do well. But I had never had the experience of receiving a tip myself. Maybe I should believe in casino karma? No…
Again I ask you – Do you believe in karma
Lucky charms, lucky shirts, lucky underwear – whatever you think gives you an edge when you visit the casino – is silly. “Embrace math, not myth.”
But we all do. So I’ll be wearing casino shirts or a NETimeGambling shirt. I feel like it gives me an advantage. But, I will never give a “karma donation” to my favorite podcast. But, of course, I will donate – but not in the name of “karma”. This may change somewhat, however.
After my friend left, I continued to play JOB Triple Play Ultimate X for a denomination of $ 0.25. It had worked well so far. My bankroll had doubled, everything was fine. So I took a chance and moved on to Double-Double Bonus – Ultimate X, same denomination.
And here is what happened:
Not a hand-pay, but a big leap. Dealt 3, a few multiplies and a win of $ 800. My bankroll was now approaching $ 2000!
Was it the karma of my friend VP tipping? Was it just the RNG that was nice in this millisecond? It really never matters at this point. I was ecstatic – in my usual way. But it got me thinking. Karma, luck, luck or mathematical probability? This is all weird. Do I believe in casino karma?
I gave my wife the $ 100 because I was doing well. Bert’s bankroll was exhausted.
There you have it, the magic continued. She ended the night on that $ 100 by playing slots for an hour and a half.
The point of this true story is that nothing in the game is a sure thing. However, I still believe that the best player is one who is prepared in strategy and knowledge of the games he plans to play. This is the most important part of getting the best results, playing longer, and boosting your ADT while waiting for the most profitable game.
That being said, maybe there is something about luck, about karma. How do you feel about this? Or does treating each other with kindness in the casino come back in a positive way. Wait a minute, isn’t that karma?
As for me, I don’t really believe it. Embrace the math, I say, not the myth.
Now I have to go. First I have to find the shirt I was wearing last night. Maybe I shouldn’t wash it – you know – my lucky karma shirt …