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Following My Own Advice

18 December 2010

By Bill Burton

Many of my columns deal with money management and being a responsible player who makes the best decisions in the casino. My columns are not just ideas that I write about. I honestly practice what I preach. However, I am only human and sometimes I make the mistake of not following my own advice and deviating from my own personal rules. Since I also preach about being honest with yourself when you make a mistake, I thought I would go a step further and share with you my recent experience.

A Losing Day

A few weeks ago I went to the casino and I lost money. Alright, I know what you are thinking. What's the big deal? We all lose money at the casino. Well, the problem was I knew that I was going to lose money and still I went to the casino.

Now I am not claiming that I am psychic or have any mystical powers, but I discovered something several years ago that seemed to recur on a regular basis. Sometimes on the morning I was supposed to visit the casino I got up and just didn't feel like going. I may have had other things I could be doing or I just didn't feel like making the drive for one reason or another. Some days I did stay home but on other days I convinced myself that I should go. On these days it seems like I had more losing sessions than on other days when I was really excited about going to the casino.

After several losing trips I made a rule for myself that I would not go to the casino if I was not 100 percent certain that I really wanted to go. It seems like every time I broke this rule I would have a losing day. I think that deep down I just may know when I am not feeling 100 percent on any given day and will not be functioning at my peak performance.

Biorhythms and Intuition

We all have days when we feel better and perform better than on other days. Some people attribute this to an inner cycle they call biorhythms. According to biorhythm theory, our lives are affected by three primary cycles: Physical, Emotional, and Intellectual. The cycles start at a middle point at birth, and then go up and down from this point at different rates over our lifetimes. I don't get up each morning and check my biorhythms but I do know that some days I feel better than others physically and some days I am more creative that others.

Many of us also get those intuitive feelings from time to time and whether you attribute them to your inner cycles or some unseen outside influence that your brain subconsciously evaluates, it is sometimes best to listen to them.

Breaking My Rule

Now I am not saying that my losses at the casino are directly related to biorhythms or any other psychic phenomenon. I am not really superstitious and for all I know they could just be a self-fulfilling prophecy that seems to take place when I get this feeling. What I do know is that I made a rule for myself that I would not go to the casino when I was the least bit hesitant about going and I broke it.

I am not upset about having a losing day at the casino as that happens many times. What I am upset about is losing the discipline to follow my own rule. But I will follow my other rule to be honest with myself, admit my mistake, and try to do better in the future. What's that saying?

To err is human.

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

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.

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