I'm sorry to hear that it wasn't your day that day, Vinaya. It happens sometimes, but all things in life are a learning experience and you can either pay a teacher to instruct you how to win at things, or pay the universe and have it pay you back later with wisdom and money. It is tempting to keep playing past a point, but it's always good to know your limits. If you come up to $300 from $30, you made $270 and were on top of the world. As a rule of thumb, what usually works well for me is to divide a big win in half, and play carefully. So 270 / 2 = 135. If I were playing and won up to $300 (total with what I came with), then I would either go with half the winnings as the max that I would keep playing (135) or half the total of $300 if still playing (150). If I lose more than $150, then I'm no longer in the black and am in a caution zone. I might keep playing maybe a few more hands if I am absolutely sure I can turn it around, as long as I am at least 3 times higher per bet than what I have. So if I were to reach $100, then I would stop there because at that point I've exceeded my 1/2 limit, and am just barely over 3 times what I brought in. If you do it like that, then you can minimize what you lose and keep more of what you win. Even if you lost $200 after winning $300, you would still walk out or log out with 3 times more than what you put in if you go with the 1/3rd rule of your entry money. If you stay with the 1/2 rule, then you walk out with at least 5 times what you invested of that $30, even if you lost some. You would still win a lot more than you lose. Even if it wasn't your night and you walked in with 30, if you only played 15 of it, you would still walk out with half and only be down by 15. You will always have some nights that are like that, but if you develop a strategy like this and stick to it, you'll win more than not and have extra money that covers any short term losses and then some.