We all love stories about success; take any magazine or TV - there are very few stories about failures. And that obsession with success have can have negative side effects, for example, being happy. There are two important streams of researches about it. The first one is on Ego Depletion; it suggest that willpower is a limited resource, much like muscle strength or mental energy. It means that when we are obsessed with one goal, we struggle with others. Another research is on Hyperopia which is a medical term for farsightedness meaning we are obsessing about the future consequences of our present actions. I could totally recognize these phenomena while I was playing slots at Grand Parker Casino.
In short, with $30 on my account, the first slot I decided to play was “Count Spectacular”. I had some good wins but my balance was melting rather easily. I couldn’t trigger the feature and the biggest win I got was $5.39 – far from spectacular but good under the circumstances. After that I played another slot that used to be good to me – “Roberta’s Castle” - the slot for little girls – I mean the girls who are allowed to play slots. I’m not a girl so I guess that was the reason that the slot showed me no mercy. It was a complete disaster. Having just under $10 I opened one slot that I knew was going to save me. It was “Haunted Opera” and I believe it delivered all that it had considering how much money I had left and my minimum bet size. The first bigger win happened when I was down to around $2 which brought my balance back to $11. Then, being down to $1, I got 5 Free Spins and 23 extra spins winning $11.30. I triggered them again but this time I got one extra spin earning $2.33. I also had a couple of five of a kind wins afterwards and my balance was back to $25.
I was so concentrated on winning that I was completely exhausted afterwards. I kept thinking about the money and I even got myself tripping that I won’t be able to make a deposit ever again. I’m telling you, that was some bad mojo. Well, I did a reality check and everything’s in order now.