Many years ago, I would fly into Vegas each weekend, I "gambled" like it was a business, just like trading. You develop a skill or a plan, I played wherever casinos had one deck shoes, just me and the dealer very late at night. I had set bets, but when I knew the deck was heavy in face cards, I increased my bets. I never became a hog or overstayed my welcome, I only played during certain hours, very disiplined. Once I got the hang of it, never had losing weekends, some breakeven though. I never stayed long enough at a casino to get comp rooms as they are handed out to those who lose consistently. I have friends who gamble for a living who live in Vegas, play video poker or poker games, they never have losing years, whether it is gambling or trading, one has to master skills and themselves to succeed and those who don't have the skills is our profits. Only people who get ripped off is themselves cause of lack of education. There is always something else you can get better at, if you get good at reading the charts, start learning how to read the Dome and volume, try getting that extra tic, to many, extra tic is hardly worth the effort, but a ten lot or 100, it is. I had brain surgery twice last year, I made sure doctors were highly skilled and been doing it many years and not just graduated out of med school yesterday. trading is the same, more skilled you are, you business does well, if you are a newbie and open an account to start trading, you are bait.