redietz
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October 13th, 2021 at 7:07:54 AM permalink
So I stumbled onto this comment in a thread, "An abundance mentality is needed to win big and to win consistently."

At first glance, this would seem to be some non-specific phrase about some squishy personal concept. But since I occasionally keep track of self-help junk, whether it be crystals or various forms of "if you wish it, it will happen," I knew that "abundance mentality" is actually a thing promoted by several books. It features such progressive concepts as, "The 10 Differences Between Rich and Poor People."

So, I wanted to mention one thing about the comment containing the phrase, and then ask the mods and Mr. Shackleford a question.

The comment, "An abundance mentality is needed to win big and to win consistently" is stylistically a clever phrase. It does NOT directly say or suggest that one will win overall with this "abundance mentality." It does, however promote that WHEN one wins, it will be BIG, and that one will win CONSISTENTLY. The word "consistently" is itself interesting here in that it also does not suggest overall winning. The word "consistently" can be interpreted in a range of ways. Winning one time in 10 is by pure denotative meaning "winning consistently" as long as one consistently wins 1 out of 10 times over and over. Winning 9 out 10 times is also, technically by definition, "winning consistently" as long as one wins 9 out of 10 times, over and over.

Thus, the phrase, "An abundance mentality is needed to win big and to win consistently" actually means nothing precise. But it is offered as a kind of gambling strategy.

The question I have for the mods and Mr. Shackleford, is whether self-help jargon featuring things like, "The 10 Differences Between Rich and Poor People" really should be featured as gambling strategy and advice on the WoV forum? My presumption is that math doesn't change based on one's wealth. But if I'm wrong, I'm wrong....
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October 13th, 2021 at 8:36:29 AM permalink
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So I stumbled onto this comment in a thread, "An abundance mentality is needed to win big and to win consistently."



I would prefer to see an explanation of this phrase to comment. However, if this something like "The Secret," as in the power of positive thinking, I would disagree 100%.

To win consistently, one must play with an advantage and play long enough to ride out the short-term ups and downs.
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October 13th, 2021 at 8:48:17 AM permalink
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The question I have for the mods and Mr. Shackleford, is whether self-help jargon featuring things like, "The 10 Differences Between Rich and Poor People" really should be featured as gambling strategy and advice on the WoV forum? My presumption is that math doesn't change based on one's wealth. But if I'm wrong, I'm wrong....
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It is easier to net a $1000 win starting with $200000 than $200.
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October 13th, 2021 at 9:09:43 AM permalink
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The question I have for the mods and Mr. Shackleford, is whether self-help jargon featuring things like, "The 10 Differences Between Rich and Poor People" really should be featured as gambling strategy and advice on the WoV forum? My presumption is that math doesn't change based on one's wealth. But if I'm wrong, I'm wrong....
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(Quote clipped, relevance)

People can post what they want in threads. Something being said in a thread hardly makes it, "Featured," and nor can it be said that the site itself promotes that view.

If it is your position that everything said on this site vis-a-vis strategy and gambling advice is supported by the site, then your position is simply wrong. I'm paid to write for the sites, but that doesn't mean that management/ownership is necessarily going to agree with everything I say.

I agree with the rest of what you said and would add that self-help jargon, in general, is absolute garbage whether or not it's applied to gambling.
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October 13th, 2021 at 10:54:26 AM permalink
I think its important to understand that there are three distinct types of gambling.

Category 1:Games where effort and preparation make a difference (and that can be +EV): Examples:
- Poker (vs opponents)
- Sports betting
- FanDuels-type contests
- Card-counting + learning strategy at Blackjack (a weaker example, perhaps)
- AP plays (in general)

Category 2: Games that are -EV where effort makes no difference
- Keno
- Lotteries
- Slots
- Craps
- Roulette
- Baccarat (assuming no +EV side bets)
- Wheel of Fortune

Catgeory 3:Games that are -EV where effort and preparation can reduce your expected rate of loss
- Poker-variant table games
- Video poker
- Blackjack without card counting

For the games in Category 1, I would be in general lukewarm agreement that "An abundance mentality is needed to win big and to win consistently." Because preparation and drive make a difference,

For category 2 games, An Abundance mentality makes no difference.

For category 3 games, An Abundance mentality may help you to lose less quickly and to have a winning session somewhat more frequently, but it will not help you to win consistently.
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October 14th, 2021 at 2:03:08 AM permalink
im not sure how you became an admin but here goes:

Redietz, 99% or more in the casino are not trying to make money no indeed they are just there to have fun, only people trying to make money are losers, and those who have been successful at it for many years. video poker is actualy very profitable if done right (mostly means which casino and which game) but anyway Redietz yea you need an edge, bankroll, brains and balls , put all 4 together you might win long term every betting system has been tried n true and all failed anything your meager brain can conjure up will suffer the same fate as all the others after a million turns. with that said you need a an edge and no amount of believe or bankroll or positive thinking will gain u an edge but again 99.9% of people in the casino are there to blow off some steam=)) i say that with a smile cause its true.

btw card counting is a good way to get kixed out of the casino once spotted good luck having 75ish hours per store or better yet be mobile
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October 14th, 2021 at 4:48:51 AM permalink
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To win consistently, one must play with an advantage and play long enough to ride out the short-term ups and downs.
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That is a "math answer." While the math has to be there without the right mentality it will not help you,

Lets limit the idea to games you can get an actual edge. Poker, sportsbook, shoe-dealt BJ, accumulator slots, and the like. In poker one of the first rules is "scared money cannot win." Same with the rest. To walk into the casino thinking you are betting your last $100 is just throwing it away. You will not make the math work for you. If you do not hit right away you will quit. You will not put the money needed into a soft poker room, or on a bad line at the sportsbook.

It is the same in business. Weak salespeople who are always broke fail because the prospects can sense that is what they are and do not buy what they are selling. Contractors who are desperate for business never get the business. Those who know they will be OK whether they get that job or not do great.

Same with making wagers. When you think you are broke you make bad decisions. When you feel you have abundance you just take a bad loss as a lesson what not to do.
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October 14th, 2021 at 6:15:21 AM permalink
Couple of glaring errors in group 2. Figure it out for yourselves. Iím with Carl!
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October 14th, 2021 at 6:39:55 AM permalink
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To win consistently, one must play with an advantage and play long enough to ride out the short-term ups and downs.
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That is a "math answer." While the math has to be there without the right mentality it will not help you,

Lets limit the idea to games you can get an actual edge. Poker, sportsbook, shoe-dealt BJ, accumulator slots, and the like. In poker one of the first rules is "scared money cannot win." Same with the rest. To walk into the casino thinking you are betting your last $100 is just throwing it away. You will not make the math work for you. If you do not hit right away you will quit. You will not put the money needed into a soft poker room, or on a bad line at the sportsbook.

It is the same in business. Weak salespeople who are always broke fail because the prospects can sense that is what they are and do not buy what they are selling. Contractors who are desperate for business never get the business. Those who know they will be OK whether they get that job or not do great.

Same with making wagers. When you think you are broke you make bad decisions. When you feel you have abundance you just take a bad loss as a lesson what not to do.
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I might agree with you when it comes to decision-making games of skill like poker and sports handicapping.

When I first started playing, every day that I entered a casino I was playing with "scared money" however, the higher percentages I was working with gave me the confidence I needed. I knew if I just got the hours in, I would make money. I didn't have access to all the information they have nowadays. I never even heard of ROR or Kelly, I didn't have any VP programs, computer, strategy cards, or anything like that, until later on.

I always hear you have to have a good positive attitude to make money VIA Advantage Play. That's total rubbish, you can be the biggest negative nancy in the world, as long as you play with an advantage and use the correct strategy the math will kick in. I will say that an overly positive attitude will get many people in trouble with overbetting their bankroll by thinking they will surely win.
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October 14th, 2021 at 6:57:13 AM permalink
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In poker one of the first rules is "scared money cannot win." Same with the rest. To walk into the casino thinking you are betting your last $100 is just throwing it away. You will not make the math work for you.
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This seems to describe a high risk of ruin situation.

It may be a good play, just not suitable for your current bankroll.
May the cards fall in your favor.

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