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Emotion Control When Online Casino Gambling

By: Joe Valentino, Friday October 23rd 2009
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Players in land-based casinos rarely display their emotions. While playing poker a display of emotions can be fatal. While playing other casino games display of emotions is not disadvantageous because the opponent is a device or a set of rules that cannot take advantage by ascertaining the player's situation. However even those who play roulette, craps or blackjack keep their emotions in control in land based casinos. Possibly the social environment is such that it compels players not to stand out in the crowd by losing control of themselves.

However, these restrictions do not apply in online gaming. Players are usually alone at home while engaging in Internet gambling or with few close friends and family. Hence jumping with joy on receiving a big payout is par for the course. After all one of the advantages of gambling online from home is that players do not have to confirm either in dress code or in behavior. Yet not being able to keep emotions under control can have undesirable consequences in online gambling.

Online casinos operate with much lower house edges primarily because they have lower costs. Therefore the average payout ratios should be much higher in online casinos and players should lose smaller amounts than in land-based casinos. Yet it is reported that players lose more quickly and larger amounts while playing online than while playing in land-based casinos. The reason is that a certain section of online players get emotional and are unable to stop gambling when they should.

Consider the case of a player who has just won a huge amount at an Internet casino. He whoopees and rings up friends to inform them of his good fortune. They congratulate him and cheer him on. In this euphoria he feels that it is his lucky day and nothing can go wrong. Therefore he continues to gamble online and very soon loses all that he has won and perhaps a lot more. The case of a player who has wagered more than he can afford to and lost is similar. He sweats and curses his luck and gets desperate to make good his losses before his family comes to know of the misfortune. Therefore he keeps on wagering and keeps on losing.

In both cases if the player had kept his emotions under control and let future actions be guided by rational thinking the outcome would probably have been different. Expressing joy at hitting a large payout is natural. But the player should not forget his overall betting plan. If he plans to keep his winnings aside he should immediately request for a withdrawal before starting the celebrations. In any event he should be focused enough to withdraw his original bankroll and then splurge with his winnings only. If a player loses more than he had intended to wager than the first thing that he should realize is chasing losses is the worst thing that he can do. This is possible only if he is not overcome with emotion and fear.

A player is not likely to win big or lose big every now and then. But he will be able to control his emotions when such a thing happens only if he is habituated to doing so. Therefore online players should make it a practice right from the start that they should keep their emotions in control and not let the emotions cloud their rational judgment. If they are unable to do that then they have already taken the first step towards falling in the trap of problem gambling.

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Comment by: Hero On: January 13, 2010
If you're zen like and play that kind of role you'll always be in control. It's all mind over matter and keeping yourself in check and everyone can do this. Whether it be that you're playing at an online casino or a land oriented casino.
Comment by: Lisa Heizenburg On: December 28, 2009
Keeping your emotions in check is definitely one way to ensure that you don't get carried away while gambling. But I think that knowing your limits and basic logic are far bigger things that should be taken into consideration when gambling regardless of the type of gambling or whether you're playing online or offline.
Comment by: Lilly Benson On: December 25, 2009
I myself don't consider myself a Vulcan or mythical creature that can control their emotions 100% but it's key to being a successful cool and calculated gambler. I think that as soon as you start to freak out that your loosing even if you've dipped in a bit further then you want to go the last thing you want to do is to loose it at that moment. I think that what you really need to do is take a step back from it all and take a deep breath and just chill out and stop playing. Walk way when you have to and you'll always end up a more happy player then if you don't... trust me on this one!
Comment by: Ponto Rio On: November 28, 2009
No place for emotions in any form of gambling, I'm in full agreement with this and that you really have to be able to keep your cool when gambling and not get carried away either!
Comment by: Winterton On: November 06, 2009
I agree and don't think there is a place for emotion in gambling and that players who aren't able to separate their emotions and play with logic vs. emotion will get themselves into some trouble.
Comment by: Andy B. On: November 01, 2009
There's no doubt that controlled gambling starts with controlling your emotions. It's really amazing how many people out there don't really grasp the fact that these things co-inside with one another...
Comment by: Sara D. On: October 29, 2009
I find it hard when playing slots or in tournaments especially to separate emotion and put it aside. I always want to win or come out on top in the case with online tournaments but when you do this you always end up sinking more money into the casino then you probably should. Anyways I think it's wise to try to separate emotion but it's very tough to do. The best bet it to set some serious limits for yourself and stick to them!
Comment by: Hal Mason On: October 28, 2009
It's always going to be difficult to control your emotions and to not chase your losses when you're playing games like slots as you naturally think that you're going to be able to eventually win back your money. This may not be the case as the longer you play the more you'll ultimately loose!
Comment by: Frank Pulson On: October 26, 2009
If you let your emotion control your better judgment you'll find yourself in a position where you get sucked in and end up doing very poorly. I think that good gamblers are those that can detract the emotional element and I think that poker players or at least the best of the best pros out there are able to do this very effectively.
Comment by: Jane Parker On: October 25, 2009
I still think that it's always going to be hard to detract the emotional element to gaming whether it be that you're playing cards in a poker game, blackjack, slots or whatever. I think that what makes a good gambler though is knowing that they need to set limits for themselves and not let their emotions get in the way of straight logic and exceed the limits that they set for themselves.
Comment by: Hal Mason On: October 24, 2009
I think that's the hardest part to separate when playing at casinos regardless of whether you're playing online or offline at land based casinos is the emotional factor I don't see how you can do this really effectively as winning and loosing are emotional things... I think you have to be a vulcan from Star Trek to effectively be able to execute a strategy where you separate emotion completely from gambling.
Comment by: Amber On: October 24, 2009
Emotion shouldn't be a factor when playing at casinos and if it is you can definitely get into problems quickly. I think that it's best if you can separate it. Might be difficult that's for sure but at the same time it's the kind of thing that if you don't it can lead to some problems and.

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