There’s only one valid response to a loss at the casino, irrespective of how it came about:
“Too bad. Oh well, my choice and my problem!”
Think about it – nobody forces you to go to the casino and put your cash on the table. Likewise, nobody makes you place specific wagers at specific times on specific outcomes. Everything you do is entirely up to you, which means you need to own your mistakes.
Precisely why those who point the finger of blame elsewhere do nothing but embarrass themselves. It’s the classic case of being a sore loser and a pitiful attempt to pass the buck.
Hence, each time you hear or utter any of these excuses, everyone in the vicinity knows they’re looking at someone who can’t own their mistakes:
- The deck was cold, I never had a chance
First up, there’s no such thing as a ‘cold’ deck. When playing games like blackjack, a deck is just a deck…period. The fact that it has ended up randomly stacked one way or another after being shuffled is inconsequential. This is precisely what games of chance are all about – 100% random outcomes, 100% of the time.
To blame losses on a ‘cold’ deck is to more or less admit you don’t know what risk management or bankroll management is all about. The cards are never actually ‘stacked against you’ as some seem to think – they’re just as random as they are every other time you play.
- I was distracted by the other players
There is nothing you can do to influence or control the behaviour of other players at the table. If you find yourself in the company of people who are distracting you, too bad. You can stick around and keep playing, or you can disappear until they leave. Either way, it’s your decision to make and therefore you take ownership for the consequences.
If you continue playing at a table with distracting players and end up losing, it’s not their fault – it’s yours. You could have quite easily taken your business elsewhere – the fact that you didn’t means you’ve nobody to blame but yourself.
- That dealer is bad luck personified
When you start blaming a specific dealer for one or more bouts of bad luck, you’re demonstrating your superstitious nature. At which point, you’re also admitting you believe in hocus-pocus over facts, mathematics and statistics. All of which means you’re already on a losing streak and should probably rethink your gambling activities.
There never has been and never will be such a thing as a dealer who is the personification of bad luck. If things have gone wrong in the past, it’s never been down to anything other than coincidence. Though it’s easy to point the finger of blame at a dealer just for doing their job, when nothing seems to be going your way.
- This casino is notorious for cheating
Two points to raise here – the first of which being the fact that established and reputable casinos never cheat. Not only would they not get away with it, but they have no reason to. The house edge means the house always wins eventually, making any further attempt at cheating completely pointless.
Secondly, if you’re under the impression a casino is notorious for cheating, why on earth are you spending your money there in the first place? You made the decision to spend your money there, so it’s up to you to deal with the consequences…period.
- They plied me with booze to make me lose
This is a slightly different excuse to those we’ve listed so far, given the fact that it is technically true. Casinos worldwide have always used alcohol to get players in the mood, encourage them to stick around for longer and make the kinds of decisions they’d normally avoid when sober. It’s a fact that everybody knows – it’s also something that millions take full advantage of.
If part of the enjoyment of the whole thing for you is enjoying the free drinks on offer, so be it – go for it! Just don’t use the fact that you got inebriated as an excuse for losing more money than you could afford to. Though it’s technically a valid reason, it’s not as if they forced it down your neck!
- The machine was too hot so they reset it
Those who talk about ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ slot machines in casinos don’t know quite as much as they think they know. This is because there’s technically no such thing in either instance. Slots are programmed to be 100% random with each and every spin, without exception. Where a machine seems to be paying out pretty consistently, it’s nothing more than pure luck.
The suggestion that slots are deliberately ‘reset’ by the house to prevent them from paying out too much is both ludicrous and nonsensical. Even if they did manually reset any given machine at any time, the resulting outcome of every subsequent spin would still be 100% random and unpredictable.
- The dealer didn’t have a clue what they were doing
Last but not least, if you genuinely thought the actions of the dealer were to blame for a heavy loss, you would not simply walk away and accept it. Chances are, you’d take your complaint to the casino’s management team in an attempt to recoup your losses.
Blaming the dealer when things go wrong is one of the most common tactics of all. Particularly the accusation that the dealer is a rank amateur and doesn’t know what they are doing. But unless you are prepared to put your money where your mouth is and follow through on the whole thing, zip it – they probably know way more about the game than you do.
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