When I placed my first bet I was at university. I didn’t do it for the money, it was just a by-product of what I was really after – the thrill.
You see, my first bet was for a total of 50 pence and if it was only going to make it 4 or 5 times my investment, but after placing it I felt like a rush like any other. I was now a bookmaker with direct competition and I wanted to beat him.
I just lost that qq online.
I had just challenged a seemingly unbeatable force and lost, but I felt great. Just to have enough to fill me with a great sense of satisfaction, and even though it took me another 5 beats before I won, after each loss I still felt good about myself.
The same feeling that I still get today and I still get. I have gained experience, I have gained knowledge and as a result my bets are slightly higher these days, but that’s the only bookmaker I have ever fought against. I still don’t care much about the money; I only increase my bet size as a defiant message to the bookmakers saying that I will not be broken. Because after all, what are they trying to do?
They have no morals, no sense of right or wrong, all they want to do is squeeze every last drop of money as fast as you can and leave them clean after you have given them so much pleasure. I have not given them that pleasure.
We all know that gambling can be very addictive, but it does not need to be. All it needs is the right mentality, a positive mentality.
Even when I lose I still count myself a winner. The Bookmaker Has Got My Money But I Have Something That Will Never Take From Me; My self control. To lose this to them would lead to financial disaster and I am not willing to allow this.
As long as I am in control over my bets I still have the upper hand; They may win a war but they will never win the war.
The bookmakers would then lose. The only thing they have lost is that they keep going – their superiority over us. To have a strong mind, to take a loss on the chin and still to come out are priceless qualities and gambling.
I know that I am a strong person for it. I have great confidence in myself, knowing that I am always going to be in control. Nobody can make me feel small because I am in control.
This is how to bet; not your head with a bet. Be smart not foolish. If you have fun when you bet, then don’t do it; Bookmakers and I would hate to see that happen.
“Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories” – Sun Tzu (ca. 500BC)
Steve Waller has had a great deal of experience in the field of gambling and writing in his blog.