Casino gamblers come in all shapes and sizes and from all backgrounds of life.
Some of them are blue collar workers and others are white collar workers. Many keep trying to find a way to beat the casinos and others just want to escape from the hectic pace of the world for a few hours.
Just about all of them dream about things happening to them while they're gambling or dream about gambling accomplishments they hope to have one day.
While not every casino player will have all of these dreams, here's a list of 7 things casino gamblers dream about happening to them.
See if you've had a few of these dreams. If you're a casino gambler, I bet you have.
This is just like the lottery and may be worth a few dollars just to give you an excuse to dream about what you'd do with the money if you won.
Most people fantasize at least occasionally about what it'd be like to have millions of dollars. The thought of being financially free and not having to worry about the bills is one that could lift a huge weight off your shoulders.
You could buy a new house, new cars, jewelry, travel the world, take care of your parents or kids or both and anything else that money wouldn't let you do in the past.
While there's nothing wrong with dreaming about winning a big progressive jackpot or the lottery, the truth is over 99% of the people who play slots or the lottery never hit a big win.
As long as you're not counting on it for your retirement or spending too much money chasing the dream I don't see any harm in it. And if you ever do get lucky enough to land a huge jackpot you'll already know what you want to do with some of it.
I remember watching an episode of the Las Vegas television show with Josh Duhamel and James Caan where a bum wearing pink bunny slippers started playing blackjack and went on a huge streak.
He was up millions and they couldn't get him to stop playing. He eventually lost a bunch of the money back but the final scene of the episode was of him with his bunny slippers and he was all cleaned up walking down the strip.
Most blackjack players dream of hitting a hot streak where natural blackjack after blackjack just keeps rolling off the deck. They want a streak when all of their splits and double downs work out and they end up multiplying their beginning stake many times over.
If you play long enough you'll probably have a few streaks like this. Of course you'll also have some streaks where you can't win a hand to save your life, but in the long run they tend to balance out with you losing a little more than you win.
It's quite difficult to run a streak up to millions of dollars unless you're playing for extremely high stakes, but a streak can multiply your beginning balance by ten times or more.
Most players that hit a streak like this enjoy a nice winning session and then end up giving most of the win back to the casino over their next several playing sessions.
When I wrote the title to this section it was supposed to be a little funny, but if you're an unmarried man who spends a lot of time in a casino tell me you haven't dreamed about marrying, or at least shacking up with, a pretty cocktail waitress.
Gambling can be a solitary activity, even when you're surrounded by other gamblers. Many casino game players have bouts of depression and can be lonely.
Here's the other thing to think about. Somebody is probably going to marry the cocktail waitress, why couldn't it be you?
If you do build up the courage to ask her out, do it in a polite and professional manner. Cocktail waitresses get hit on and have to ignore sexual advances all the time, so don't come across as a dirt bag. Politely ask her if you can take her to dinner or something similar and don't be a jerk if she declines.
Why do most people gamble?
Why do you gamble?
I can't speak for anyone else, but gambling meets a desire I have for action and sometimes the risk and reward dynamic is pleasurable. When I win a hand it makes me feel good.
If I can use my brain to beat the casino it's a great feeling that I want to repeat as often as possible.
I've often had dreams about gambling full time because of the reasons I listed above. The problem is most of us have a hard time finding a way to beat the casinos in the long run. Even if you can win it's difficult to do it on a consistent basis.
The other issue is most professional gamblers describe it much more like a job than a form of entertainment. When you do what it takes to become a long term winner it isn't a hobby or entertainment any longer. You have to work constantly to stay on top of your game.
When Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker and ESPN showed it on TV about 500 times it helped poker explode in popularity.
It also made thousands of poker players start dreaming about winning the WSOP and the millions of dollars for first place.
Thousands of players pay the $10,000 entry fee every year for their chance to join the ranks of Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, and Moneymaker as main event champions.
This is one of those dreams that can help you get better at poker even if you never come close to winning the World Series. If the dream helps you keep improving your game and winning more and more poker tournaments or win more in your ring game play it's a good dream to have.
If you do want to have a chance to win the WSOP you need to start reading the best books, playing in poker tournaments, and continue studying and practicing as you improve.
Poker tournaments are difficult to win, but as you get better you'll be able to place in the money more often. Eventually you'll be able to place enough to show a profit and play more tournaments.
Most craps players throw the dice eight or ten times before crapping out. They may have seen or heard stories of players shooting the dice for dozens of rolls, but most players never get beyond 20 throws or so.
But true craps fans dream of rolling for an hour straight without crapping out. They have so many positive rolls that they lock in profits and keep letting some of their profits ride until they have a huge win.
If you've never played craps you should take some time to join a loud game. It's easy to get hooked on the excitement of rolling for an extended period and if you're not careful you'll be dreaming about extended dice rolls too. The excitement can be contagious at the craps table.
Wouldn't it be cool to play poker with Doyle Brunson or one of the other pros you see on television all the time? What about playing blackjack with Hollywood Dave Stann or Stanford Wong?
Many casino gamblers dream about sharing the table or a game with a famous person. You can even enter poker tournaments that are filled with celebrities just so you can play with famous people.
Just don't build them up too much in your mind before meeting them, because famous people always have to be on the watch for people who want something from them. This can make some of them come across as unfriendly. Remember that they're humans too, so be polite if you do find yourself playing with a celebrity.
Dreaming about riches isn't the only reason gamblers dream about casino games, but it's one of the main ones. Some of the dreams listed above can help you become a better gambler and most of them will at least give you a few minutes of pleasant thoughts.
If you dream about the third thing on the list, take a few minutes to make a plan and see what happens. The worst thing would be being stuck right where you are now. But the upside is high enough you should take the gamble. This is one gamble that sounds like it's a perfect fit with everything else on the page.