Ah, coffee.

It’s always been there for us, lending us a helping hand when we need it most. Without coffee, most of the world’s productivity would slow to a snail-paced crawl. But how does this magical elixir fit into the life of the gambler? Nowhere is coffee more complementary than in a casino. Chances are if you have spent any amount of time in a casino, you have been offered a cup of Joe.

However, that dark roast can end up having a dark side if you are not careful. Unlike being productive at a “normal” job, being overly caffeinated can actually end up costing you money as opposed to making you that overtime extra. Whether you prefer live action or gambling online, if you have a love for coffee then you must be aware of the two golden rules to keep that will keep you in that perfect zone of productivity.

The First Rule of the Roast

The first rule seems simple enough, but it’s surprising how often we forget: do not drink coffee on an empty stomach.

The stimulating effects of coffee are enabled not by the caffeine molecules themselves; rather they work to enhance the sense of energy that you would otherwise be getting from the nutrients present in your body. If you think that can power through to that next jackpot, or till the end of that poker tournament by simply turning up the drip on your coffee IV, you may want to reconsider what you are actually doing to your body.

For a while it may seem like caffeine is the winning strategy that you are looking for, but without any actual fuel to fuel yourself, running on fumes will start to work against you. After a long enough time the nervous system will catch up with you if you start to abuse it. (It pays to remember: eventually the house always wins.)

The Second Rule of the Roast

The Second Rule of the Roast is actually even easier to accomplish than the first rule: drink a cup of water before you drink a cup of coffee.  

The primary reason for this is that coffee is a diuretic—in other words, it dehydrates the body. One of the most common causes of fatigue is dehydration, so don’t wait till the point that you feel thirsty to have some water. The synergistic effects that adding a cup of water to your coffee has on the body is well known.

In fact, in Europe it is very common to be served a cup of water when you order a coffee specifically because of the above, but also the following other reasons:  it reduces the stains on teeth, it reduces bad breath, clears out sediment in the kidneys, and prevents dry skin associated with excess java.


Simon is an overactive gambler and the Staff Writer here at Silver Oak. He loves casino bonuses, online slots, and using the em dash too often. Currently, he rests his typing hands in Vancouver, Canada.