Gambling must be handled cautiously. A haphazard approach to betting will either suck money out of your wallet faster than a street-walker on speed, or it will get your ass kicked. Some common sense is required. I’ve adhered to a few rules over the past decade, and they keep my gambling in check:
1. Never cheat.
2. Gambling money is money reserved for fun; never put the child’s tuition on black. Arrive with a strict limit and do not exceed it. Ever.
3. Math and statistics beat your hunches every time.
4. You will lose sometimes. Get over it.
5. Don’t ever run out on a debt. The honorable man pays up every time.
I once had to flee La Boca for dipping out on a debt to a martial arts expert. I’d put far more money than I could afford on a hand that I felt certain would go my way. It didn’t, and now I am no longer allowed in…