People have varying reasons for gambling. For most, it’s the excitement of the game, the escape from day-to-day reality, and the thrill of a potential cash windfall. It’s called “casino entertainment” these days because many people are willing to accept a reasonable loss in exchange for a few hours of action at the machines or the tables.
The loss is the price for that excitement, not unlike the price you’d pay for a ticket at a sporting event. The thing that makes casino entertainment different is that you always have the chance to get that excitement, and still come out a winner. It’s a version of the “something-for-nothing” factor, which everyone dreams about.
Since luck is involved in almost every gambling decision, it’s important to go into the games with the right attitude. While some people are willing to accept a reasonable loss for a reasonable amount of gambling time, it would be a mistake to begin your playing session by writing off your funds.
Positive thinking works wonders in real life, so there’s no reason it can’t be successfully utilized in the casino. Other people travel to a casino with one goal: to win. Entertainment doesn’t enter into their thought process; their only satisfaction will come from beating the house. More often than not, these types of players go home disappointed, and often bitter, about their casino experience. While many people with this attitude have prepared for their casino challenge by studying and practising, reality very rarely mirrors the ideal conditions they anticipated during their practice sessions. Gambling near a person of this sort can sometimes be unpleasant, as they often take a hostile attitude towards casino personnel and other players.
This is not to say you shouldn’t play to win. It’s simply that the expectation to win every time is not realistic, given the hefty casino advantage in almost every game.