Tips to avoid becoming addicted to pokies

Author: Mannie Warren | In category: Games

If you’re planning a holiday to one of the beach-side cities, you might be planning on spending at least a little time at the casino. However, even though you may not have a problem with pokies now, you could when you return home if you’re not careful. Yes, even a short time gaming can leave you wanting more, which can leave you angry, sad and not at all joyful about the experience. This guide explains how to have a great time playing while on holiday without suffering the consequences of addiction.

Make It an Extra Activity

There is no doubt that you holiday plans focus on activities at the beach, taking in some shows, seeing historical sites and other holiday adventures. You’ll be busy enough, so make sure playing time is minimal.

Incorporate a little time each day, or set one day aside where you’ll try your luck at the pokie machines and stick to it. You’ll run into trouble if you decide to skip out on other activities on your itinerary. That is where the fun ends, because your family, specifically the children have looked forward to this time with you the entire year, so don’t let pokies steal you away.

If you do plan for one day, make sure that is the only day you play. Take the time to complete all the other activities you have planned or want to do. Otherwise, you’ll go home disappointed.   

Set Time Limits

Even if you schedule an entire day to play, you’ll need some time limits. Don’t sit at one machine for too long. If you feel yourself getting bored, get up and leave. Schedule time for the following as well:

  • lunch
  • 30 minute breaks
  • shopping
  • shows

If you plan your time properly, and take the necessary breaks when it’s time, you’ll find that the urge to keep playing goes away. In fact, you may even find that you don’t want to return to the floor at all.

You won’t see a clock when you look up on the wall so take your watch with you or have your phone handy to check the time and then no matter how well your doing, leave the game when it’s time to do the other activities.

Planning your time helps prevent addiction because the longer you sit there, the more you’ll want to chase your losses, essentially spending more money. Not only that, but you could end up spending you allotted monies for the day, with nothing else to do. Moreover, not adhering to time limits leads to not adhering to monetary limits, and you’ll end up in the hole and your holiday money can disappear quickly.

Not every second of your holiday needs to be planned out. You’ll want some down time to spend at the pool or shopping around town on the spur of the moment. However, anytime that you play, set limits.

Understand the Odds

No matter how good you think you are, there is absolutely no way to outsmart the machine or figure out when the big jackpot is going to hit. You can’t even figure out when you’ll win even a little money.

Pokies are random, completely random. Yes, there is a payout percentage, but instead of it meaning that you get AU98 back after you’ve spent AU100, it could mean that someone else will get your entire AU100 when they play.

Primarily, casinos are in business to make money; they want your money. Therefore, before you think that they are going to be kind, think again. If you win, then it’s your lucky day. If you don’t, then don’t sweat it; many have been there before you. Know that the odds are not in your favour and you’ll be good to go.

Many people get in predicaments because they think that the machine is about to pay off if they are losing, or if they are winning, they think that they will continue to win if they just keep at it. This is the biggest mistake you can make and one that could lead you down a path of addiction.

Even if you don’t live in an area where pokies are accessible, you can go online to play when you get home. As attractive as this is, you may not be able to handle it properly and once it takes over your life, everything seems to go downhill. Resist the urge to play if you think that you are invincible, but may not be able to control your spending.

Stay In a Different Hotel

Eliminate the temptation to get up in the middle of the night to go downstairs where you think the action is at by staying at a hotel that doesn’t have the games. Not only can this prevent a lot of lost holiday funds, but you’ll get the rest you need to take on the next day’s activities.

Look for a room that offers beautiful views of the ocean, extra amenities such as room service, a hot tub and a stocked mini-bar. Enjoy the time in the room because it is costing you a lot of money, and not spending at least some time in it will seem like a waste.

Driving to the casino every evening will seem like a chore after a long day of seeing the sites and taking in all the sun at the beach too. When you remember why you are there, you can enjoy the time you have to play that much more.  

The bottom line is that you’re on holiday to relax and have fun. The pokies can add to the fun, but they shouldn’t take over the fun. The more you play, the more you’ll want to, but as long as you stop when you’re tired, the time if up or if you run out of the allotted cash, then you’ll be fine. Keep your holiday reserved for a relaxing time with family and leave the gaming secondary.