Say what you like about their strategy, but if you've ever watched Ocean’s Eleven then you'll know that when hitting Las Vegas casinos for millions, those guys were meticulous in their planning. Their casino strategy was planned like a breakout from Alcatraz and nothing was left to chance. What we didn't get to see was their pre-gambling meal, but it's hard to imagine them checking in for a greasy burger on the Vegas strip. Of course, we can only theatrically speculate on what Danny and his cohorts ate pre-heist, but it's an important point for real-life gamblers. Regardless of whether your aspirations are pleasure gaming or becoming an online poker professional, food matters!
Why Food Can Support Gambling Strategy
The world's best stockbrokers, traders, investors and gamblers have something in common – they play their specialist 'game' with mindfulness – or to put it more traditionally, they have a damn strong psychology. Naturally, such a strong game doesn't come from one specific element – it's the sum of everything they do and who they are as individuals. Whatever your gambling level and aspirations, you can take hints from the professionals. For instance, Starlizard is one of the UK's leading sports gambling consultancies, in essence meaning it bets on sports such as football with serious intent.
The company offers its staff an onsite gym, a relaxation area with pool and darts, social events and healthy food cooked fresh by the company chef. Now, unless you win a progressive jackpot or are already a pro gambler, we're guessing having your own personal chef is out of the question – life is tough, right? However, eating with a little thought before gambling sessions doesn't have to be difficult or take a lot of preparation – yet the benefits can be tremendous, including:
- More mindful awareness before you start gambling.
- Better decisions.
- Enhanced discipline.
- Less anger and revenge bets.
- Less 'tilts' and regretful gambles.
- Steady mood and concentration.
- Sounds appetising, doesn’t it.
Five Foods to Stimulate Your Gambling Strategy
When we gamble, we want a steady flow of glucose to the brain, optimal neuron communication and a positive mood. Eating a sugary snack might hit the spot and give you a short-term high, but it doesn't put you into the perfect mindset to gamble responsibly or for maximum strategic implementation:
1. Coffee or Green Tea
As well as being en vogue, drinking coffee or green tea has been proven in scientific research to boost brain function. The benefits of a strong caffeine hit before physical and mental tests, include increased alertness, memory and focus – all vital when gambling. Caffeine has also been shown to reduce feelings of pain, but of course most gamblers will be hoping this won’t be necessary.
2. Coconut Oil
Mixing a spoon of coconut oil into your cup of coffee or green tea is a research-supported way to boost mental energy and focus. Coconut oil contains a fatty acid called MCT (mid-chain-triglyceride) which is metabolised rapidly by the body in a unusual way. The brain has a unique ability to burn these fats, which are linked to enhanced focus and mental performance. In fact, MCT's have been shown to have benefits for epilepsy sufferers, too.
The humble blueberry is a superfood that literally deserves the title – particularly when it comes to its scientifically proven brain benefits. Studies show that the berries enhance blood flow to the brain and improve scores on cognitive tests when consumed regularly. A handful of blueberries or a glass of juice before gambling is a winner.
Walnuts don’t just look like our brains, they're great for the mind, too. These little powerhouses contain rich levels of the omega-3 essential fatty acids known as EPA and DHA, nutrients that the body can’t synthesise itself. Regular consumption of omega-3 rich foods such as walnuts is associated with better mental health and function – including concentration, memory and mood, as highlighted in the book, Boost Your Brain Power in 60 Seconds. Eat walnuts or other omega-3 rich foods such as salmon and oily fish 2-3 times a week to help optimise your gambling mind and strategy.
When it comes to the gambling mind, steady energy levels are crucial. We want to feel positive, alert and as steady as a poker pro holding the biggest bluff hand of his life. So, complex carbohydrates are on the menu and processed, sugary food is out. Oats are a complex carbohydrate that releases energy slowly and also contain a small amount of fat and protein. Protein flapjacks are a good quick-fix option, especially if you're into pre-gambling workouts.
The foods above can be combined easily in a bowl of pre-gambling porridge, sprinkled with walnuts and blueberries – plus a nice cup of coffee. Just make sure you stay well hydrated before and during gambling sessions!