Successful casino gamblers understand the math and odds behind the games, but discipline with money is also critical. Managing your money at a casino requires self-control. Use these tips to keep yourself in the safe zone:

  • Never borrow money while gambling. Chances are good that you’ll lose it, making a bad situation even worse.

  • Only bet what you can afford to lose. Gambling with money you’re scared to lose is neither enjoyable nor wise.

  • Set and stick to a budget. Write it on your forehead if you have to, but no matter what, when you hit that number, leave the casino.

  • Avoid ATM machines or lines of credit. Using credit is a really easy way to get financially overextended while gambling.

  • Limit your playing time. Taking a break keeps your mind sharp.

  • Hotel rooms have beds — use them. When you only gamble a few times a year, it’s tempting to play marathon sessions. But your body and your bankroll aren’t built to handle the casino’s pulsating 24/7 schedule, so make sure you sleep and rest.

  • Don’t drink and gamble. If the casino serves drinks for free, you should be very suspicious.

  • Remember the law of gravity — what goes up must come down. Casino profits soar when players get greedy. Quitting with a small win is far better than losing your shirt.

  • Don’t play any game you don’t understand. One of the fastest ways to burn through your cash is to jump into a game where the rules or strategies confuse you.

  • Never lie about your wins or losses. If you find yourself deluding a person or several people in your life about your gambling, take pause and reevaluate your gambling.