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    I recently took a 3 1/2 month hiatus from casinos and it felt great. I never felt like I missed anything but that's probably because I have been so busy with work and life. Was in Vegas 2 weeks ago and jumped right back into the slots.

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    Acklafan--thanks for the honest post. There is a lot to be said for staying away from the casinos for a while. Don't get me wrong--we ARE going back but a little break now and then is good. Even though we are having a better year than last year (I think we are officially "up" for the year with some decent craps wins...slots have been terrible to us this year), we've not been over in more than a month and I don't miss the drive to Louisiana one bit!!

    (I do miss some of the people we like at the casino, of course!!)

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    I think a break helps you think with a clearer head. I haven't been to a casino in nearly three months and I feel better for it. I do plan on going soon but hopefully I don't fall back on bad habits, primarily learning to walk away when it's not working. Good luck with your break and to a new perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acklafan View Post
    But I feel like a WINNER by knowing I'm not a casino slave. Knowing I can stay away when I put my mind to it. And it's great having the extra cash on hand I would have spent at the casino to use for other entertainment or whatever.
    Good for you. Very well said.

    I think its important to be able to walk away from any hobby from time to time. Gambling seems to be more pronounced when it happens because of the negative opinion many have about losing money at a casino, but I've found its true with just about anything. I hope you do get the urge to return and that you enjoy it when you do.

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    Acklafan, I too have done something similar, not with a line of credit...but the cc advance. Then had to dip into savings to pay off the bill as I always pay in full. Once I even sold some stock to cover...luckily the market was up. I've been dumb, dumb, dumb! Those days are over.

    I haven't been to Louisiana since Feb, and most likely won't go again until August. I now have my hobby in check! Keep us posted, thanks for sharing.
    Last edited by Cassie; 05-08-2013 at 09:51 AM.

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    Congrats on sticking to your plan, and staying out of the casino for 30 days! I wish you the best of luck if and when you decide to go back, but in the meantime I hope you treat yourself to something special with the extra cash you now have

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    UPDATE: Good or bad? My wedding anniversary was the 8th of this month. I gave the wife candy and a nice gift. Here gift to me of all things was a trip to the casino! I made the 30 day without a casino trip goal. But barely. So with the blessings of my wife I decided to go to the casino yesterday. I had $75 free play at Coushatta and only $20 at LauBerge. I quickly went through the LauBerge free play and then headed to Coushatta. I quickly went through the $75 free play there. So! I decided to get away from the slots and play 3 Card Poker. I used to bankroll my slot play from my winnings at Blackjack and the table games. I'd win at those games and turn around and loose it back at the slots. I ended up walking away from the 3 Card Poker table with over $810 in winnings. I left....resisting the temptation to use some of my winnings on the slots. It's been a while since I left any casino a winner. I also received gas money and free food from Coushatta. So I had a nice visit and left with a positive attitude. I have no plans to return to the casinos anytime soon. I just needed a positive casino fix to demonstrate to myself I wasn't hexed and it was still possible to have a winning day at the casino. I put the winnings in my savings account and it's not sending out vibes urging me to return it to it's casino home anytime soon. And I didn't touch my line of credit while I was at the casino. I used $300 of my own money and if I'd lost that I would have headed back home. Period!

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    Gotta commend your willpower. Congrats on the win.

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    Nice win on 3 card poker! I'm glad you had a successful casino visit and brought your winnings home!

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    WTG Acklafan! Soo proud of you my friend!

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