Drinking and gambling is a subject that has many opinions depending on how a player handles their booze. Most expert gamblers separate the two actions from each other on purpose. A single glass of wine or a beer is not going to interfere with most people’s play, but a steady stream of highballs could have a drastic effect coupled with a loosing streak. The problem is the liquor helps to remove fear and makes some people feel invincible. This could work to the player’s advantage if the dice table is hot or the cards are running over the player. This feeling of power which drinks give some people is dangerous when the play is not running hot. Mistakes in the amount bet or running parlays to the max can play havoc with a player’s gambling stake. A clear and sober mind is an asset for most gamblers trying to read the nuances of the trend. A person who is drinking to excess can see a trend where none exist.
There are all kinds of stories about how a gambler won a great deal of money while drunker than a sailor on liberty. They may be true, but think about what happens in any major casino. The house gives away drinks to patrons who are gambling. Why do you think they are being so kind to the players? Casinos know that drinking takes away inhibitions and the lack of control may make some players bet more than they would if not drinking. This free drink policy can backfire if the player gets hot, but over time the free drinks work in favor of the house.
The decision that a player needs to make is an individual one and should be based on the player’s own experience. Some poker players can drink like fish and their cards never get drunk. Others have a few drinks and their hands are bet like they are all winners when obviously that is not the case. Drinking players have a tendency to try to bluff more often than they should. Drinking players also are willing to call bets when the only way they can win is to make a miracle draw.
Watch the play in poker of any player who is putting them down at a steady pace.
If their play gets wilder as they drink, they are either going to kill the table of players or have a very bad night from their own drink influenced play.
To drink and play or to not to, that is the question.
By Adel Awwad