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November 15th, 2010 at 6:36:31 PM permalink
Obviously the casinos on the strip do their darndest to make sure you don't leave town with a single penny. There's plenty of fun to be had, from the shows, restaurants, clubs, and shopping.

I see here that a lot of people go into it with a set bankroll, and would like to get out of the place with some money left, if they can.

My wife and I will go to Vegas with a budget, which I would define differently than a bankroll. We have one chunk of cash that we use for games, food, and entertainment. Maybe we have left with a couple hundred, but usually we are tapped out.

If we are doing well at the tables, we will be going to extra shows and eating at nicer restaurants. If we are losing, we are going to spend more time at the pool and eating fast food. Basically our strategy is "how much fun can we have for X dollars." So some trips are low-key, and some trips are fancier.

I'm curious: How many people are bankrollers that keep their gambling money separate from their entertainment money, and how many are budgeters that spend everything from one pile? Or do you have a different strategy?
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November 15th, 2010 at 6:40:23 PM permalink
I don't have the cash to keep playing but usually am smart enough to quit a little ahead. Poker, BJ, Pass-line craps, and VP only for me. I simply shake my head when I see people feeding slots like the pigeomn pecking and waiting for the pellet to fall out.
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November 15th, 2010 at 6:47:50 PM permalink
Quote: dudestupid

I'm curious: How many people are bankrollers that keep their gambling money separate from their entertainment money, and how many are budgeters that spend everything from one pile? Or do you have a different strategy?

I always take a set bankroll for gambling when I go to Vegas - this way I have the funds to enjoy the food and entertainment, and not have to worry if I hit a bad streak (which I always seem to have). Most of my trips start off in the hole, and I crawl back to even. It also helps temper me from betting over my head, if I lose half of my bankroll the first day, then I'll play conservative for a while to preserve what I have left.

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November 15th, 2010 at 6:48:15 PM permalink
I don't think I can vote here, because I don't understand what the question is. The thread title, the poll options, and the initial post seem to be talking about three different things. Someone could say, (1) I go to win, (2) I always go home broke, and (3) I have a gambling budget (or alternately, I don't). How would that person respond to this thread?
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November 15th, 2010 at 6:48:36 PM permalink
Both answers are correct!
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November 15th, 2010 at 6:49:36 PM permalink
I keep the two funds absolutely distinct and separate. That way, the level of my non-gambling enjoyment (shows, meals, etc.) isn't affected by the vicissitudes of luck. I have never paid for a room or food in Vegas, so that's not an issue.

The one time I did alter that plan was when I hit three royal flushes in the first four hours of VP play, two on .25 denoms and one on .50, so I was up $4000 by the middle of the first day. However, I was there for an entire week. So I sent $3200 home, and spent the rest seeing shows I would never have normally paid to see, and hanging out in the piano bars drinking $10 cocktails. But that was, in a sense, illogical, because if I didn't think that it was worth spending $800 on those activities before, I shouldn't have changed my mind about that just because I was spending "won" money. In retrospect, I had better uses for that $800.
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November 15th, 2010 at 6:53:25 PM permalink
i think i get it. hes saying like do you do something extravagant if you have the money left over from your budget. or do you consider it your bankroll for later.

I wish i could say i had separate budget for life and Vegas. It goes back to bankroll for regular life stuff.
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November 15th, 2010 at 7:25:23 PM permalink
I can't say yes to either of the choices. How good I have been doing gambling will effect how much I will spend on more extravagent meals etc. But that isn't to say I never leave with any money. I have left Vegas with more than I brought several times and usually leave with some of my budget. My budget is for the trip and includes gambling and any other expenses. If I have been winning I will end up gambling more and at higher limits. If I am losing I scale back my gambling to match my bankroll and will take long stretches away from the tables.

A good trip for me is if I have won enough to totally satisfy my gambling itch any funds taken back home are a bonus. I never take enough funds to satisfy the itch if I am having a losing time at the tables.
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November 15th, 2010 at 8:20:09 PM permalink
People with budgets are what places like Vegas loves. You bring enough to lose each day, great, and then another pile to spend on expenses. And I suppose everyone with a "budget" says they never use the casino ATM's either.

The thread's question, however, was do you go to win or lose money. Since most won't be honest, I will. I go TO WIN MONEY. Only a confused, misled individual would bring enough money to "lose" each day!

Man, I thought this was a Mensa-inspired forum....
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November 15th, 2010 at 9:20:17 PM permalink
I try to leave with money, but I don't sweat it if I don't. I took $2500 and left with between $2100 & $2200. I didn't start betting crazy because I had money left, I just smiled inwardly that I didn't lose big.

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