The Fear Factor - It Is a Key Element of Any Poker Game

The Fear Factor - It Is a Key Element of Any Poker Game

There is no question in my mind -- no question whatsoever -- that anyone who stays at gambling long enough will experience the fear factor.

What is it? The fear factor is something that happens to you when you suddenly realize that you are mortal and things don't always go as they should.

The fear factor is something you should understand rather than fear. If you gamble, you have agreed to accept the odds against you as something that goes with the territory. A champion swimmer cannot swim without water. Neither can anyone gamble without taking on risk.

Don't confuse this condition with the popular television show called 'The Fear Factor' where people set up their friends or relatives to be scared out of their minds by a staged incident. That was for fun. This fear factor is very, very real.

While some gamblers get as much out of the thrill as they do out of winning, it doesn't have to be that way. I have taught poker seminars and workshops. One of the things I first tell my students is that they should never fear any person in a casino or poker room.

'No matter what the person's name or reputation, they are human just like you,' I tell my students. 'While they may have some skills at poker, the fear factor can affect them just like it affects you.'

What is the fear factor?


It's a condition that creeps in when you lose too much too fast and you know it but cannot do anything about it. The sensation is like drowning in the air of your own existence. The only cure for it is to stop gambling, even if it's only temporary.

I like Las Vegas and Reno. I enjoy returning to those gaming meccas not just for the action but for the memories, the mountains, the clear desert air and much more.

When I feel like I have been spending too much time gambling, I change hobbies like we did recently when my family and I got away from casinos for four glorious days in Rocky Point, a seaside community about 100 miles south of Ajo, AZ.

Our time in Mexico was spent at the pool, at the beach or taking a boat for fishing or exploration. Never once -- well, maybe once -- did I think about poker, blackjack or the horses. And it paid off in spades. When I returned home, I did it with a bounce and came back with a considerable win.

If the fear factor persists and you find you cannot stop losing or rid yourself of the fear of losing seek professional help through Gamblers Anonymous or some other professional agency. Assistance is there. Just ask for it.

“What is the fear factor?”

  • I don't have fear of losing it , I also go in thinking - you dropped it in here and you may not walk away with any . When I play I play for the thrill of winning , of course hitting a jp is nice too . I tend to get angry or disgusted if it disappears too fast. You know the straight drain . If I have decent play and won some and my stupidity was to keep playing and try for more than I can accept the loss much better. I may have a temper but I don't play beyond my means. I don't keep going off a losing streak to recover or play and I dont bet more than I can afford to lose. I hope others that fall into the trap do get help , it can be very devastasting to some Im sure.
  • When i go gambling whether at a landbased or online casino i always think ahead of time and know i will lose all the money that i will take or have with me so i already know that that money its most likely gone. so i just take what i can afford to lose and go have a great time drinking, eating and enjoying the live music, i have friends that dont know when to stop they lose hundreds spining and when they lose they go back to the atm to get more money out to gamble and try to recover their losses but end up losing even more, some have gambled away their houses and cars but just cant stop its like they cant accept losing they have to go back and get that big win to feel good.
  • I hope that doesn't happen to many people and they don't get help. I also think that having other hobbies is an excellent idea. Don't make gambling the only thing you do to relax. Just excellent advice. I love to play the slots online, especially when I am all alone and nobody is home but me. I also love to read and coming to this site with a glass of Pinot Grigio, reading all your newest articles, making a few comments is another way I like to unwind after a long day at work. This is a wonderful article for too many reasons to list. Great job Geno................

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