I was recently interviewed by my son Mike Shippey for a book he is writing on positive thinking. Anyway, during the interview I was reminded of several things that have become second nature to me and I have just taken for granted when it come to casino gambling and thought I might share one or two.
First of all positive thinking or optimism are a key foundation to winning in the casinos, or even in life itself.
Believing you can do something is necessary before you can actually do it.
Now when I say positive thinking or optimism I am not talking about hoping or wishing, I am talking the belief you can actually do something, for me that was winning in casinos.
Long before I started gambling in casinos, while in High School, I read a book by Napoleon Hill called Think and Grow Rich, I can’t tell you a lot about that book since it has been nearly 45 years since I read it, but the one thing I took away from it and have tried to apply to almost everything I do or have done is this, and I will paraphrase:
“The mind has no limitations except those you acknowledge”
Now I admit I have a lot of limitations that I acknowledge, so my mind does have its limits.
But, a few years after reading that book I made my first trip to Las Vegas and was introduced to the world of casino gambling.
I decided that I would not acknowledge any limitations when it came to the games of Craps, Blackjack, and Roulette…I knew the house percentage and odds to win were against me, but those percentages played out to the big numbers, I knew in a short run anything was possible.
I made up my mind I was going to win, and every time I went, or every table I played I knew I was going to win.
Now it didn’t always work out that way, as a matter of fact I lost on many occasions, and some of those trips were a total bust, but I never detoured from my belief that I was going to win.
Now here is the insight I was reminded of, if I was only hoping and wishing to win, then I would have just kept on going and settling for whatever happened.
But truly believing you can do something causes you take action to make that belief happen.
And that is exactly what I did, I studied the games inside and out, I learned which were the best bets to make, which ones to stay away from, I developed a casino money management strategy that included a progression strategy that would allow me to capitalize on winning streaks, rake my winnings and actually take that money home with me.