7 Reasons Bad Gamblers Should Prioritize Responsibility Over Everything

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There comes a time in every subpar gambler’s life when they must face facts and admit they’re not good at gambling. Either that, or they can continue to lose money and think that a lack of skill has no impact.

Acknowledging that you’re a bad gambler is an important step.

Then the real work begins and you can make an effort to improve your abilities. When people try to improve at any task there’s typically a right way and a wrong way to do so. The same can be said for gambling. Generally speaking, the path towards successful gambling involves a few things:

  • Learning what your weaknesses are
  • Discover why those weaknesses cost you money
  • Learn the best tips and tricks to improve your skill
  • Adopt responsible and successful gambling habits

The first three items on the list above are somewhat obvious, however, the last one is a bit more underappreciated.

Please Note:
The truth is, you can’t become a really solid gambler until you develop intelligent and disciplined gambling habits.

If you don’t believe me, here are 7 reasons you should prioritize responsible gambling over everything else.

1. Responsible Gamblers Make More Money

If I asked you to picture the prototypical gambling savant, a few things would likely come to mind. But, I doubt one of them would be someone who gambles conservatively and within their means.

People tend to confuse lavish spending habits and otherworldly mathematical abilities with success.

A math brain might serve you well, and it doesn’t hurt to have a bottomless bankroll, but neither of those things guarantees success.

To be a competitive and profitable gambler, you need to be skilled, use a working strategy, be a little lucky, and most importantly: gamble responsibly.

Still, disciplined gamblers can fly under the radar in the gambling world for a few reasons.

  • They aren’t usually the ones with big personalities.
  • Making maximum bets.
  • And netting huge returns in a single sitting.

Instead, they accrue winnings over an extended period of time. Before you know it, their meager little stack of chips has grown into a nice healthy pile of the casino’s money.

But you wouldn’t know it by looking at them or watching them gamble because they usually let their play speak for itself.

2. Responsibility Doesn’t Mean No Fun

Unfortunately, responsible gambling is often overlooked by the masses. That’s likely due to the glamorization of reckless gambling along with high-risk, high-reward wagering.

To many members of the gambling public, responsible betting is a boring form of their favorite pastime.

However, that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

As we’ll get into later, gambling responsibly can actually ensure you have a more enjoyable gambling experience.

Please Note
You might not win big on every hand, but that doesn’t mean a more disciplined and safe approach should be dismissed.

Every beginner and below-average gambler should try to emulate a smart player.

3. Recklessness Is Rarely Rewarded

You rarely see the negative implications and byproducts of reckless gambling depicted on the silver screen, save for a few films.

That’s not all Hollywood’s fault
Who wants to rewatch a movie about a reckless gambler going broke and ruining his life? Instead, it’s much more entertaining to focus on the rare feat of a gambler going all in and magically winning, despite the odds being stacked against him.

Despite the unrealistic and disproportionate portrayal of gamblers, reckless gambling is rarely rewarded. Even if someone happens to win big, that “throw caution to the wind” style of gambling is simply unsustainable.

Reckless gamblers are known to make incorrect decisions while ignoring basic gambling protocols and cardinal rules. Any winnings are often thrown right back onto the table and lost immediately.

Once again, that’s not something you’ll see on TV because it’s depressing and unfortunate. Don’t be fooled into thinking this playing style is effective and practical.

4. You’ll Be Able To Gamble More Often

Of all the benefits that come from gambling responsibly, there’s one that’s superior to the rest: more gambling.

You see when gamblers play smarter, make safer mover, and budget responsibly they extend their playing time.

That extension can come on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis.

If someone arrives at a casino table, whether physical or digital, intending to play live dealer blackjack with a $100 bankroll, they can go about doing so in a few ways. One way involves heading to a table with a minimum of $100 and trying to double their money.

If they lose, their night is over.

As you likely know, real money blackjack players have just under a 50% chance of winning any given hand. So that $100 bet could go either way.

But anyone who would risk blowing their entire bankroll on one bet merely seconds after arriving at a casino probably doesn’t play perfect blackjack. That means their odds of winning said hand are significantly less than a competent player’s.

Please Note:
The more responsible method of handling a $100 bankroll is to head to the least expensive table possible. By doing so, players can gamble for longer and avoid complete disaster.

5. Everything Else Will Fall Into Place

Once you start playing games responsibly, you might notice that other aspects of your game will improve dramatically.

Responsible gamblers often take games seriously and improve at a higher rate than reckless and emotionally immature players.

To echo a point made in the last paragraph: smarter playing leads to more hands per trip.

More hands played can lead to better play and more profitable betting.

Simply stated: responsible betting opens the door to so many more benefits you wouldn’t have considered.

If you prefer to let loose and risk a fairly significant chunk of change, that’s still possible. But, instead of using the initial funds from your bankroll, you can do so with winnings.

6. You Will Avoid the Dark Side of Gambling

No one necessarily enjoys talking about the negative side of gambling.

Instead, it’s much more pleasant to expect to win money and view gambling as a fun little side hobby.

While a significant portion of the gambling public is made up of casual gamblers, there are some who let gambling become something more.

Generally speaking, gambling can mean a lot of different things to different people.

  • For professionals, gambling is their livelihood.
  • For casuals, it’s a fun activity to take part in on the rarest of occasions.
  • But for many people, gambling is an addiction.

When people start gambling and don’t play responsibly, things can get out of hand quickly. Reckless gambling creates a seemingly endless cycle that some players can never break.

Small losses escalate and they delude themselves into thinking the only way to overcome big losses is to keep playing.

They’re incapable of taking a step back and realizing that the best thing they can do is stop gambling recklessly. This is arguably the most compelling reason bad gamblers should value responsibility. Responsible gamblers rarely, if ever, find themselves in positions they can’t recover from.

7. Stress-Free Gambling is Highly Underrated

The thrill of victory is something many gamblers love to chase, especially if a fair amount of money is hanging in the balance.

That moment of uncertainty before a card is revealed, a dice comes to rest, or a roulette wheel slows to a halt is the reason many of us gamble in the first place. It’s hard to put that emotion into words, but it’s what keeps people coming back for more.

But, that uncertainty shouldn’t cause dread or any anxiety.

Yet, some people enjoy raising the stakes and gambling an amount of money that they can’t necessarily afford to lose.

Oddly enough, winning a stressful wager like that rarely feels as gratifying as losing it feels devastating.

Please Note:
For whatever reason, bad gamblers often overlook the proposition of stress-free or even low-stress gambling. When you bet an amount of money that doesn’t fill you with anxiety, you’ll find you can enjoy yourself and play better.


Gamblers who can recognize they want to improve are already starting in a great position. That accountability and awareness will set you off on a path to responsible and successful gambling at both the physical and online casinos.

There are several reasons that players should prioritize responsible gambling habits above all else.

First and foremost, smart gamblers often make more money than reckless gamblers. If your goal is to start winning money, the best way to do that is by placing smarter, sharper wagers consistently.

Reckless gamblers might win the occasional big wager, but that style of gambling is not sustainable.

Responsible playing doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.

In fact, stress-free, smart bets are often more satisfying than any other type of play. Once you pick up responsible gambling habits, you’ll be able to maximize your potential and start netting serious returns on your investment.

Rex Hoffman / Author

Rex Hoffman is a passionate sports writer, with over five years of experience covering sports journalism in line with the Vegas betting landscape. His favorite subjects include football, basketball, and baseball. As a Las Vegas resident, he enjoys finding an edge against the local sportsbooks and aims to share his extensive knowledge with both beginners and experienced bettors. Rex also dabbles in horse racing wagering and enjoys typical casino fare like blackjack and poker in his spare time.

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