The Old School Way of Tracking Casino Results
We strongly recommend that players track the results of their casino play over time. However, it can be daunting to use spreadsheets and similar software to keep up with this. Instead, there’s an old school way that may appeal more to many players.
An Old School Methodology
We live in a time when there is no shortage of technological solutions to problems. While this was supposed to make life easier, it comes with its drawbacks. The main drawback is that an increase in technology inevitably makes things more complicated.
This level of complication can end up making a “new” solution more stressful than an older one.
The main problem with this is that not everyone likes a lot of bells and whistles. Many people prefer simple solutions that might take a little longer to implement than so-called better solutions that actually just make things more complicated.
This is the basis of what we’re talking about here. Tracking your casino play can be made as simple or as complicated as you want. If you use software to do it, it can end up being a bit daunting. Even once you have things set up how you want in something like a spreadsheet, it’s not always so simple. There’s always some new idea or new feature to add, and it spirals out of control in terms of complication.
Instead, we’re going to go back to the old school with our tracking. Along these lines, we’re going to show how to arrange things and how to manage your tracking. Additionally, we’re also going to break down how you can make it easier on yourself in the long run.
What You Need For This Approach
We want to keep things as simple as possible at the baseline. However, we will offer some small “upgrades” if you’re so inclined. Here’s what you absolutely need:
- A pen or pencil to write with
- A notebook or legal pad
- A calculator
Here are some options for “upgrades” to spruce up your presentation a bit:
- A set of three colors of pens: red, green and black
- A small binder or three-prong folder with loose-leaf paper
That’s really as complicated as we want to get with this approach. However, you can obviously expand on the ideas that we’re going to show here. With that said, the whole idea is to avoid needless complication at the baseline. We’ll get more into expanding on this idea further down below.
A Straightforward Casino Tracking Approach
You’re going to have two different sections with two different types of pages for this old school approach. The idea is that one set of pages will be where you record your actual sessions. This is the section you’ll work from the most. From there, you’ll have another section with a different page layout for tracking your results.
Here we’re going to split things up and look at each section individually. They have different layouts and different purposes, so make sure to understand how both work before you get started.
Session Tracking Pages
When taking down information about an individual session, we have to first know what we mean by session.
A session in this case is a short period of time that you spend playing a single game.
For example, if you spend 10 minutes playing Jacks or Better video poker and follow that with 15 minutes of playing Deuces Wild and another 5 minutes of playing the Mega Moolah progressive slot, those are three different sessions. When the game changes, or when you leave to go do something else, that’s a new session.
The idea here is that we want to record each individual session. When we do this, we want to track certain specific information about that session. This information will later be tabulated, totaled and analyzed in our results pages.
As for what to record, here is our suggestion for what to take down for each individual session:
- The date and the time
- The game and the genre*
- Your starting balance and ending balance
* We suggest taking down the genre because some games have ambiguous names. You may not remember what type of game it was two weeks from now when looking back.
With just this basic information, you can get everything that you want from tracking your sessions. If you can put these details all in organized columns, that’s great. If not, that’s fine, and we’ll show why that’s the case in the next section.
Results Tracking: Game Pages
While the session tracking pages are all about taking down raw data, there’s more to the results pages. The idea here is to take the information from your sessions and to organize it in a useful way. We’re going to offer two ways to do this that will help you track your play over time based on two key categories. The first is time, and the second is the genre of game.
Here’s what you need to do to start off. First, you need a section in your notebook where you have a page for each genre you play. If you like slots, blackjack and keno, then you want one page for slots, one for blackjack and a third for keno. The idea here is that each session for each one of these games gets taken down on the game page as well. However, you want to process the information a bit. For example, instead of having the balance before and after listed, you can simply do the subtraction on the calculator and list the gain or loss.
And here is where the green and red pens come into play. Visually, it can be very pleasing to see wins in green and losses in red. It also makes it easier to see how things were going at a glance. This is particularly the case if you also keep a running tally of your cumulative profit on each game page on a per-session basis.
Listing out the date, time, specific game played, profit and accumulative profit can fit easily on a single line. As such, this is our recommended format for taking down game pages.
Results Tracking: Date Pages
Your date pages are a little simpler than the game pages. The idea is very straightforward. On each line, you have your totals for that specific date of play. If you didn’t play on that day, then you just skip it until you have a day that you did play.
On each page, you really only need a few things. The date, your profit, your accumulative profit over time and any other minor note about the day will be plenty. You can just keep these going on consecutive pages as well. What we mean is that you don’t need a new page for each date or anything like that.
However, you’re welcome to dedicate one week or month per page to stay organized. The thing to understand here is that you’re not breaking things down by session. That’s already been done on the session pages. Instead, you just want the totals for the given day as a whole.
This pen and paper approach to results tracking is definitely old school to a serious degree. However, it has some major advantages over using spreadsheet software and other technology-based solutions. It’s straightforward, easy to get started with and easy to maintain. It also adds another fun part to the overall casino experience that a lot of players love.