THE ALCOHOLIC AND THE DENIER

Acceptance is the most difficult step of any process, followed by the stage of going ahead. The second most difficult step is likely to be getting beyond denial, since in order to do so, you must at least partly acknowledge that there is a problem to begin with.

Because it is almost entirely based on religious belief, I am not a big admirer of the Alcoholics Anonymous program; but, they do have a decent first step: Admitting that you have a drinking problem.

Essentially, the gambler who denies that he has suffered a loss up to this point, or at the very least, who played with the expectation of losing (knowing that no gambling system will ever change in and of itself), is analogous to the alcoholic who has not yet admitted to himself that he is suffering from addiction.

Someone who is able to use alcohol in a healthy manner does not have any grounds for self-justification. He may simply state, “I drink sometimes, and that’s OK with me.” Similar to the healthy recreational gambler, the healthy recreational gambler has no need to justify his or her behavior. He may simply state, “I like to gamble from time to time.” When I compete, it is anticipated that I will lose. I do lose from time to time, and that is OK with me.”

Do you believe that casinos do not exist?

If you reject the reality of casinos, you are unquestionably a peculiar kind of gambling enthusiast. Casinos run their games on the basis of the idea of the House Edge (also known as the house advantage). The idea of House Edge is based on the premise that if a player plays long enough, he or she would ultimately lose. In order to reject the immutability of the House Edge (without any mathematically acceptable reason to do so—-which would imply that the real house edge, or overall proposition, has changed), one must first deny the existence of casinos in the first place.

Casinos do exist, after all. As a result, the House Edge has been established. If it didn’t, they wouldn’t have done it.

CIRCULAR PROCESS OF ACCEPTANCE

Normalcy

Keep in mind that being a regular person is the first step in the acceptance cycle. To put it another way, everyone who has ever entered a casino has done so for the first time at some point and was, for want of a better phrase, “a typical gambler.” Normalcy is the first stage of the Acceptance Cycle, and it is also known as the Acceptance Stage.

To put it another way, you had come to terms with the reality of the House Edge at some time. It is likely that you entered a casino with an awareness of the basic truth that, if the casino did not make money from the players who participated in the games, it would not have opened its doors in the first place.

You were “capable of objective, valid thinking,” as the saying goes.

No question existed in your mind that the casinos were supposed to win and you were expected to lose in the majority of games and in the majority of circumstances. In fact, since this is your first time visiting a casino, it’s likely that you weren’t even aware that there are certain circumstances in which a player may expect to make a profit. You just assumed that you may be in for some “good luck” on that particular day.

The default setting is “normal life.” Believing that Betting Systems would be successful is not part of one’s “normal life.” If you are not in normal existence, then you are in one of the phases that is neither “Normal Existence” nor “Acceptance,” i.e., neither “Normal Existence” nor “Acceptance.”

 

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