By Jerry Whittaker
Trophy hunters do it all the time and in just about every imaginable area of endeavour. From nitro express wielding ivory hunters to sport fisherman relentlessly pursuing elusive double-grand blue marlin across miles of faceless ocean or the steely eyed poker player sitting in an supercharged pool of breathless anticipation at the high stakes Poker table, they all have one thing in common. The single minded pursuit of the big prize.
Many of these intrepid men and woman have gone on to garner fame and fantastic fortune courtesy of their uncompromising dedication to the chase. Sadly though many crumbling, sun dappled tombstones in remote and forgotten corners of the world bear silent witness to the dangers of this commitment to conquer. This begs the question of whether it is a wise practice to chase casino jackpots to the exclusion of all else.
I have watched highly experienced gamblers develop terminal jackpot tunnel vision and chase a particular prize right down to their last worldly penny and walk away broken. Many bounce back to gain new heights but many don’t and fade into obscure ruin. Dedication to excellence is a good thing and defines the winner above all else but when it becomes an obsession it is far more dangerous than the quarry itself.
The most successful casino gamblers are those that are able to balance the drive to win with the realities of the moment and are able to make calls from a dispassionate and sober perspective. The old adage that one needs to know “when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em” holds particular relevance and value for the jackpot hunter. The ability to accurately gauge the risk factor at any point in a high stakes situation and more importantly to recognise the point where those risks have exceeded the magical point of no return is an essential part of the jackpot trophy hunter’s arsenal.
That indefinable quality of calm focus that pros exude in abundance is not always a genetic legacy and in many cases is a learned skill. If you are to learn anything while chasing the big ones, this should be that thing. Having built a little experience and skill is not a good place to be and is the point where many trophy hunters meet their untimely ends. No jackpot on earth is worth an “all or nothing” push. Remember, you can’t loose your shirt if you don’t wager it.
The gambling world is constantly producing new heroes and there is absolutely no reason why you should not be one of those. The real trick though is to become a live one. There is no percentage in becoming a statistic so keep your cool and remember, if it doesn’t feel right it probably isn’t. Walk away to play another day and you’ll live long and conquer many a jackpot denizen.