Determine Your Budget for Gambling

Most people go to casinos bringing all the money they have on hand. Oftentimes, they do not set budgets and just spend without thinking too much. We have heard so many stories of gamblers who went home losing more money than they ever thought they could. How many gamblers out there ended up losing not only the money they brought, but even their jewelry and other properties? With discipline and correct money management, this can easily be prevented.

To do this, one should set a gambling budget. What is exactly meant by a gambling budget and how much should we set aside for this?


A gambling budget is the maximum amount of money that a player is willing to risk while playing in a casino. The total gambling budget should be spread equally over the number of days intended to go gambling. The gambling budget per day is then divided by the number of sessions intended for the day. The end result is a specific gambling budget for one gambling session.


A gambling budget will differ from person to person. It is based mainly on two factors: financial capability and level of risk-taking a person has. The two factors are not necessarily related. Some people who do have a lot of money are not comfortable playing with higher stakes.

A practical guide on determining one’s gambling budget is to base it on the two factors mentioned above. How much money can you afford to allot for entertainment at a casino? Since you can never be sure of the results of gambling, then there is a possibility that you can lose this money. Of you course you don’t go to a casino expecting to lose. You should be positive when going to a casino in order to boost your self-confidence. But you also have to be thinking at the back of your mind, that gambling is a game of chance and there is still a possibility of losing your money.

So, based on your financial status, how much money can you allot for your gambling? This is just a portion of your total entertainment budget.

The second factor for determining your gambling budget is your risk factor. How much are you comfortable to bet? That amount of money should make your heart pump a little faster while placing your bet, but should not make your whole body go cold while waiting for the results. You are definitely playing more than you should if you find yourself imagining what you could have purchased with the money you just bet.

With the two guides mentioned above, you can finally decide on your gambling budget. Do not be influenced by other people to bet more than you actually came for. This will make your gambling a truly fun experience.