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How to improve the attributes that help make a successful gambler


20 Oct 2017

Being a successful gambler is not hereditary. Well, not completely at least.

There are certain attributes that will improve the possibility of a person securing greater success gambling and we ran through a selection recently.

And some of these could be influenced by genetics or upbringing, such as whether a person has a short fuse or is better at keeping their emotions in check, their level of confidence in their own actions and the strength of their interpersonal skills.

Yet, that is not to say that those lacking in these attributes could not be doing more to enhance them.

Below are six things that a person could be doing, either directly before or in the lead up to a gambling session, which may boost the chances of it ending in success:


All gamblers would benefit from being able to strengthen their attention span and exercise has the power to improve a person’s ability to ignore distractions, get a better night’s sleep and think much more quickly.

Dr John Ratey, an internationally recognised expert in Neuropsychiatry, has been especially keen to highlight the positive link between physical movement and positive focus. He has indicated that focus is increased for a period of between two to three hours following a workout.

It has also been suggested that exercising before going to bed can assist a person in getting an additional hour of sleep each night. They are not only likely to fall asleep 15 minutes faster, but also see their sleep extended by 45 minutes.

Step outside of a comfort zone

This does not mean rise steadily from the settee and take a few paces out of the lounge into the bathroom, but instead doing something different from the norm to broaden horizons and improve confidence.

It doesn’t have to be something as substantial as a skydive, just an activity that a person can take some confidence from. Getting trapped inside a comfort zone of few activities will only reduce confidence.

Should a person formulate a plan to complete a new activity, they must stay with it and gain a positive end result. This should encourage them to also stick to their plan when gambling and not deviate from it in periods when results are more shaky.

Think about what to eat and drink

A little bit of knowledge can go a long way when understanding food in relation to a healthy diet, not only in the process of weight loss or weight gain, but mood and energy levels too.

For example, carbohydrates are good for a quick boost of energy, but eating a sizeable pasta dish won’t help before a gambling session. Too many carbs are likely to cause a rise in blood sugar levels, followed by a plunge in insulin levels. The outcome – probable fatigue and weakness. Instead, a person may be better focusing on eating proteins to prevent such reactions.

Coffee and energy drinks are other things that are very short term in their impact. Green tea may be a better choice of drink as it contains caffeine, but also healthy antioxidants and an amino acid that helps to calm the nervous system.

Alcohol can be both a help and a hindrance. We’ve previously assessed the impact on alcohol and gambling here.

Fruits and vegetables are other recommended foods, alongside fish items containing high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. These have been highlighted as aiding in the reduction of the symptoms of stress.

Don’t underestimate the need to meditate

Meditation doesn’t have to be time consuming, with some research advising that between 10 and 20 minutes each day is sufficient to help a person in their quest to remain cool, calm and collected.

Not only will meditating allow a person to take responsibility for their own state of mind, it has been known to boost their attention span, allow them to focus for longer periods and retain emotional positivity.

Take time for break time

Even those with longer attention spans will need breaks from time to time to switch off, recharge batteries and generally refresh themselves.

If playing blackjack, this could be at the end of every second shoe of cards, with a break consisting of a short walk or a doodle on a notepad.

The main thing is not to focus on the playing session that has just happened or strategies for the next period of play. It is about disengaging with gambling.

Smile more than once in a while

By giving off the persona of being happy, a person will naturally draw others towards them. Few people will not gravitate towards someone with a cheerful manner.

If showing off an upbeat attitude and giving off positive vibes, a person will be less likely to cause any confrontation and more likely to have casino staff warm to them.