There are three states to gambling: winning, losing or breaking even. The best gamblers know the key to success in a casino is to make the most of a hot steak.

Regardless of what you think about the nature of luck and probability, one thing is impossible to refute: there are times when your luck runs hot, every shot you take hits its mark and you can do no wrong. Mystics will attribute this to karma while scientists will point to statistical deviation, regardless of your camp the results are the same: you’re going to win money, so you might as well make the most of it.

Get it While it’s Hot!

It’s difficult to tell exactly when a hot-streak starts, but there’s no escaping the feeling of one when you’re in the middle of it. The first key is to acknowledge when you actually can’t miss, and not to confuse the wish/hope for a hot steak with the genuine article.

Push your bets: The casino always has the edge, if you make the same bet every time you play (and play long enough) you will eventually lose everything in front of you.  When you find yourself in a hot streak, this is the time to push your bets. Your goal is to take advantage of your good luck and make the most money possible while luck is on your side.

Become a sucker: The most lucrative bets in a casino are always the bets with the words odds and the highest house edge. The more money you stand to make, the less likely you are to make it. For this reason these bets are commonly known as “sucker bets”.

While you should avoid betting like a sucker at almost all times, when you’re in the midst of a hot-streak, where luck is bleeding from your every pore, the long odds are the most likely to come in as they’ve ever been.


Know when the jig is up: All good things must end. When your hot streak turns tepid it’s time to take stock of the situation and react accordingly. Lower your bets back down to something small, abstain from all sucker bets and most of all stop trying to force the hot streak to come back.

If things have really cooled off, and they can do so in a hurry, sometimes the best option is to simply get up and leave the table. Clear your head and come back feeling calm, ready to grind your way to the next heater.

Keep these ideas in mind, but most importantly you need to make sure you’re recognizing when you actually hit a hot streak, and not simply crossing your fingers and hoping for the best. It’s also good to remember that, even when in the hottest of streaks, you may not win every hand/spin/roll.

Never bet more than you can afford to lose, and put all of your eggs in a single basket. Play it smart, and come out a winner.

Peter Alexander

With over ten years experience as an online writer and content specialist, Peter has written for a wide variety of clients and industries. At various points, he has helped define the online voice for clients such as Nintendo, Nike’s Jordan brand and Electronic Arts. For the last number of years, he has specialized in writing for the online gaming world, for clients such as Bodog and Silver Oak Casino.