I like the atmosphere of Casinos, but find most gambling generally boring, I just never was drawn to putting money in a losing proposition, but I did really like the feeling of winning money. I started playing poker online at the age of 14, at 17 I became a professional(I obviously know it was illegal for me to play online at that time). I managed to live on my own solely off poker winnings for 2 years, then sz got in the way but I’ve still managed to live off it for 3 more years even after being diagnosed(been diagnosed almost 6 years). It completely ruins your appreciation for money if you win/lose big sums a day for a long period of time, I think it happens both if you’re a lifetime loser or a winner.
Gambling destroys a lot people’s lives and I don’t like being a part of it. There’s those rationalizations that somebody else would just take their money. I used to get off on it when somebody was typing their rage in the chatbox but as I’ve matured I really feel kinda bad. Exploitation is the word poker pros often use when talking about strategies, so it’s quite overt. And then there’s some of the ignorant ones(I’ve seen this more in live situations, more rarely online) even go as far as berating the bad players, but only if they do manage to win a pot. I guess learning the game means people should just hand their money to you because you “deserve it”. I don’t think most of the people who I win most of the money from really enjoy the game at all, they just enjoy the winning money part, not willing to put in the hours of work to learn the game.
Other forms of casino gambling are minus expected value always(except some rare casinos where you can maybe have an edge in blackjack by counting cards), so you’re right about that, Nick.
And to be up in roulette over 15 years if you have any significant sample size you need to get pretty lucky. Do you by any chance play the “Martingale strategy”? I think you might be remembering the times you win more “vividly” and the times you lose you might not remember as well. Writing down your wins/losses at the end of the night helps to keep a realistic picture, but it’s up to you.
When people have an addictive personality and poor impulse control it’s best to keep away from gambling, it can really have bad consequences. One should know themselves well until he/she puts any money on the line.