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Avoid Marathon Playing Sessions

14 May 2010

In a recent Internet poll, 22 percent of the respondents said they had an average playing session of one to two hours, but 25 percent said their sessions lasted more than five hours. Several people said they often played for 10-14 hours at a time. Some of these players said the reason for the marathon sessions was that they do not get to visit the casino very often. A few people admitted the reason they played for long hours was because they got fully immersed in the games and lost all track of time.

The sights and sounds of the casino are designed to make you lose yourself in the atmosphere and suspend reality as you enter a fantasy world where there are no windows or clocks. When you sit down to play the slots, the spinning reels on the machines can have a hypnotic effect on some players. This is similar to a phenomenon many people experience while driving their cars known as "highway hypnosis."

Highway Hypnosis

Anyone who has driven long distances has probably encountered a mental state that has become known as "highway hypnosis." This is usually occurs when you are driving on a long straight road at a constant speed. Your body becomes relaxed and the passing lines in the road sends your brain into a subconscious state and before you know it, you've become lulled into a passive trance. You arrive at your destination with no recollection of having actually driven there or the time it took you to arrive.

When you are in this state, your conscious and subconscious minds go in different directions and you are essentially in a hypnotic trance. Workers performing simple and repetitive tasks and people deprived of sleep are likely to experience similar symptoms.

These same symptoms can occur in slot players who deprive themselves of proper sleep and nutrition as they spend hours sitting in front of the slot machines playing their favorite game. Instead of watching passing lines in the center of the road they are staring at the spinning reels of the slot machine while performing the repetitive task of hitting the spin button. They are lulled into a state of state of "Slot Hypnosis," which causes them to lose all track of time and they are not aware of how long they have been playing the machines.

Helpful Hints

If you are one who finds yourself playing for longer than you planned to, there are some things you can do to avoid getting caught up in your game.

Schedule breaks after a certain number of hours of play then stick with the plan and get up from the machine.

Wear a watch when you go to the casino and make it a habit to check it occasionally. If you are by yourself you can set the alarm on your watch, phone, or IPod if you feel that you will lose track of time.

If you go to the casino with friends, plan on meeting at a specific time for lunch, dinner or just to take a break. This will ensure you a break-off point to get away from the machine. If you are not there your friends can come and find you.

Start by putting smaller denomination bills into the machine at the start of your playing session. If you run out of credits it will give you a natural point to take a break. It will also bring you back to reality if you have gotten into a state of slot hypnosis.

If you are playing with friends seated nearby, stop for a few seconds and chat between spins. You can socialize and play at the same time. And this will help keep you from losing track of time.

Don't constantly stare straight into the screen. Keep your eyes moving while you are playing. This will keep you from fixating on the machine and make you more aware of your surroundings while keeping you alert.

We all want to have a good time when we visit the casino, but it is not enjoyable when we come home exhausted from playing marathon sessions. Use these tips to avoid getting caught up in the game. Stay in control when you play. You will have a much better time.

Until Next time remember:
Luck comes and goes.....Knowledge Stays Forever!

Bill Burton
Bill Burton is a gambling expert and best-selling author of Get the Edge at Low Limit Texas Hold'em and 1000 Best Casino Gambling Secrets. He is the former Casino Gambling columnist for About.com.

Burton's Texas Holdem book was published in 2002 long before the game became a national phenomenon. The producers of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown used his book during the first season to teach the game to the participants.

He writes for several national gaming magazines and newsletters. These publications include: Casino Player, Strictly Slots, The Southern California Gaming Guide, Midwest Gaming and Travel magazine, Southern Gaming and Destinations magazine, Midwest Player and Blackjack Insider.

Burton is an instructor for the Golden Touch Craps dice control seminars teaching players how to gain the advantage in craps. He is an expert at all casino games and can teach players how to play any casino game as well as offering them advice to get the most out of their casino visits.

Bill Burton Websites:

www.billburton.com
www.goldentouchcraps.com

Books by Bill Burton:

1000 Best Casino Gambling Secrets

> More Books By Bill Burton

Bill Burton
Bill Burton is a gambling expert and best-selling author of Get the Edge at Low Limit Texas Hold'em and 1000 Best Casino Gambling Secrets. He is the former Casino Gambling columnist for About.com.

Burton's Texas Holdem book was published in 2002 long before the game became a national phenomenon. The producers of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown used his book during the first season to teach the game to the participants.

He writes for several national gaming magazines and newsletters. These publications include: Casino Player, Strictly Slots, The Southern California Gaming Guide, Midwest Gaming and Travel magazine, Southern Gaming and Destinations magazine, Midwest Player and Blackjack Insider.

Burton is an instructor for the Golden Touch Craps dice control seminars teaching players how to gain the advantage in craps. He is an expert at all casino games and can teach players how to play any casino game as well as offering them advice to get the most out of their casino visits.

Bill Burton Websites:

www.billburton.com
www.goldentouchcraps.com

Books by Bill Burton:

> More Books By Bill Burton