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Stretching Your Gambling Dollars
With gambling becoming an ever-more-common leisure activity, knowing
how to stretch your bankroll can really pay off whether youre spending
the evening at your hometown casino or heading out for a weekend in
Jean Scott is the author of the best-selling book The Frugal
Gambler, a casino guide for thrifty low rollers. She stresses sensible,
responsible gambling and shows how to get the most fun out of casino
time regardless of your budget.
1. Study before you go. Libraries and bookstores have oodles of
casino and gambling books that will guide you on a money-saving path.
The Internet is full of information on the various casino games. Learn
which games have the smallest casino edge, or have a skill factor you
could learn, or that enable you to risk your money more slowly. All of
these will allow you to lose less and/or stretch your bankroll further.
2. Treat gambling as a form of entertainment and budget it just as
you do whatever else you do for fun, such as movies, eating out,
vacations. Nothing takes away the fun factor more quickly than losing
money that you need for lifes essentials. Do not take your checkbook or
ATM or credit card to the casino with you. Decide how much you can
afford to spend (lose), and take that amount in cash or safe travelers
checks as your gambling bankroll.
Make your gambling bankroll last the whole time you plan to be in a
casino by dividing it into segments for each period of time you plan to
spend at the gaming parlor. For example, if you plan to spend three
hours or three days, divide your money into thirds. Then never borrow
ahead from the next session bankroll.
3. Join every casino players club you can, even if you dont plan to
gamble there. You can join many online. Membership is free and many
casinos give discounts to players card holders in their restaurants,
gift shops, and for rooms.
4. Use your players card every time you play, no matter how
small the amount or short the time. This allows the casino to track your
play and thus know how much to reward you with comps, those freebie
meals, rooms, shows, and other benefits that the casinos want to give
their players. If you play machines, there is a place for you to insert
your card. If you play the tables, you merely hand the card to the
dealer of any game and ask that your play be tracked. Casinos can not
give you comps if they dont know you are playing in their casino.
An added benefit of joining and using a players card is that casinos
often send mail offers to everyone in their database, sometimes even to
those who have played little or not at all. You will be surprised at the
money-saving offers that will appear in your mailbox when you get home.
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The Detroit News
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