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Say Goodbye

11 Jan 2022

By Frank Scoblete
QUESTION: I can’t seem get this into my mind. When do you leave a table? Is it if you have lost a certain amount of money? Is it when you have won a certain amount of money? I hear a lot of players say one thing or another. One person told me that when he lost all the money that he brought to play with then he quit. That seemed a little too much risk for me since I want to play a few sessions a day when I am on a trip. I don’t want to blow through all of my money too quickly – or at all! Advice appreciated.

ANSWER: Actually, yours is a very tough question. I always leave when I am tired or upset with any of the conditions of play. Obnoxious dealers, obnoxious players, I am usually heading to another table. Maybe the exception would be if I am hammering the casino then I might suck it up and stay as long as the wins keep coming. If my winning slows down, I will leave.

I play for fun and a bad table is not any fun for me.

I give myself a certain amount of money for each of my sessions. But I do not feel a need to blow through all of it to inform me to take a break. It’s kind of like a sixth sense that says inside my head, “Maybe it’s time to leave?” If I hear that question in my head then I think, “You know, it is time to leave.” I then leave and take a break. Taking a break is no big deal for me.

At craps I might take the dice three or four times. If I am doing well with my rolls, I might stay for another hand or two. Fatigue basically tells me when to leave. I am not the type of player that needs long stints at the table.

Understand with craps I rely on my rolls. I will start off betting three numbers on me but the others? One small bet is all I will make and that is after the Captain’s 5-Count finishes. I never fall into the trap of yelling and screaming when another shooter is having a good roll. I’m happy but those shooters are not my concern whether I just made money on them or not.

Fatigue is craps. Poor shooting is craps. Those indicate break time.

Blackjack is somewhat like that. I play for awhile but if the cards aren’t coming my way, then I will take a break. If I find I am getting tired or irritated then I take a break.

I rarely lose my session stake but I have once or twice during my career. I am a conservative player. Very conservative. My foot pointing towards the door you might say.

Early in my career, over 30 years ago, I lost my entire gambling stake. It wasn’t a huge amount of money but it felt like a huge amount to me. That taught me to be careful.

If I am doing well, I might stay to see what the next three decisions hold for me. But I have no problem leaving with a win. I don’t want to tempt the fates if you will.

I guess you can apply the above to all the other table games. When in doubt I am out. That is a simple but true saying for me.

QUESTION: How much do you focus on your comps?

ANSWER: I like them but I don’t play for them.

This article is provided by the Frank Scoblete Network. Melissa A. Kaplan is the network's managing editor. If you would like to use this article on your website, please contact Casino City Press, the exclusive web syndication outlet for the Frank Scoblete Network. To contact Frank, please e-mail him at

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