coupon is much less of an inducement to play than
a comp suite, but it works similar trickery on the
low-rollers' mind. He may not have planned to go out
gambling that night, but since the casino people offered
that free coupon, why not take them up on it? After
all, it's the casino's money. Except, of course, that
once you're sitting at the table it's almost impossible
to get up again. If you win, then you're still only
playing with the casino's money, aren't you? If you
lose, well, all you have to do is double the bet to
come up ahead again, right?
Note how gamblers have a justification for all kinds
of irrational behavior. It doesn't really have anything
to do with self-control or determination; many compulsive
gamblers are successful people who have displayed
talent and dedication to get on in their respective
careers. It's just a part of human nature.
Always resist the temptation to get involved in personal
conflicts at the table. Quite often I've seen players
take an irrational dislike to each other at the table
over some imagined slight, and then get into a war
by placing bets on the banker, while the other does
so on player, each one trying to psyche the other
out. This can lead to players betting beyond their
means. In this situation, no one wins except the house.
Leave your ego at home; there is no place for it on
the felt. If you take a dislike to somebody who plays
at your table, or they take a dislike to you-then
leave. If you're not enjoying the games, there is
no point in staying.
matter which names you get or how you get them, you
must be prepared to overcome the inevitable resistance
of some of them to playing with formal rules and meaningful
stakes. Justice, truth, and style are all on your
side, but you will have to proceed gradually and make
compromises to start the group on the right path.
The first three chapters should give you plenty of
source material to put together a compelling case
for playing real cards. Here, I will only note the
arguments that don't work (I know because I've tried
- Impassioned moralistic assaults on kiddie poker
and its apologists
- Suggesting that you are a superior poker player
and know better than they do.