I just posted something to another thread on here, and came across the subject of 'Cure-Alls' and 'Fix-Alls'.
I seriously believe that too many players are constantly having their previous/ past and historical sessions of loss come into their fore-thought as they are winning. (Personally I find it totally hysterical that most players will have that at their fore-thought but if they are losing, most don't elaborate on it and compound it to slow them down---use this for food for thought, cause it sure now motivates me)!
This causes them to have a false expectation of their winning money (less value-less realization) that they are currently experiencing.
I will bring to light my last casino outing last Friday night. Table was full, mostly regulars. 2 of them were winning several thousand's of dollars when I arrived. Happy faces, talk amongst us, talk from other players, 100% accurate. Okay, about 20 hands into it, they are losing all their winnings, both of them. I don't want to get into the reasons why they lost, doesn't matter for the sake of this point.
They both continue to play and lose more than they were winning, a complete and noticeable change from the first 1/4 of the shoe I joined in. Very clear. I started winning, but for some strange reason, more so than other times, I really paid attention to the other players as well. Not to wager against them or with them, just to factor in the total picture of what was happening and if I liked what they were wagering on, I either pulled it off or slowed way down. I am lucky I did as well. Of course that was not 100%, but they saw many of them same things in the board as I did and they wagered on them, I just said no and I will watch their wagers as though they were mine. It helped, cause I would have got creamed big time and quick with only a $700 buy-in.
But then they got wiped and went to the ATM, both retuned and both got wiped again after getting up a bit. They did it again before I cashed out. The each lost $4,000 to $5,000 when they could have walked away with winnings. Winnings mean very little if you are going to compare say $2,500 to $30,000 or $75,000, etc. They were there playing for one purpose and one purpose only, to get even on all their past monies spent.
I made an acquaintance at another casino a couple of months ago. I also mentioned this but it fits so well here. The guy is a relative new player to baccarat, possibly a few months now, maybe since Christmas or possibly even January. The guy wins over $10,000.00 (not going to use the exact number) a sum in one month over several visits, say 4 or 5 sessions. He is like on top of the world. He keeps playing and loses all the winnings and a sum of his own money which was greater than the winning, say about $15,000 to $20,000. He told me point blank, all he wants to do is get his money back. Sad but true, 100%! He continues to play with small buy-ins and scared money and wins often, cannot hold it and will not and gives it all back each and every time until he is wiped. Sits down with $500 to $1,500 buy-ins. Gets up frequently, plays all night and the rest is damage to the total picture. Instead of thinking 20 trips over time at $1,000 each is $20k, it does not register. The only thing that registers is the $1,000 win at the moment means squat to the $20k he lost. I can only assume his thought process is, "hell, if I just won that $1,000 I can win $5k or $10k as easily".
I think the underlying problem for most of us, is that we are conditioned to perform and always do everything 'bigger', 'better', 'faster', 'more competitive', each and every time. In lots of life's pursuits that might be the winning spirit and the way, but in gambling it is not.
Here is an analogy. Trying to replace 4 worn out tires on your auto with 2 used tires and calling it fixed.
Watch yourself and be realistic. Wins are generally in small windows of opportunity.