First off, there is no sure way of winning every time. Otherwise I would never leave the casino and just keep winning. But there are steps to take in order to get the best bang for your buck!
Higher Denomination Machines
In last weeks blog, What are Payout Percentages, we discovered that the higher denomination a machine, the higher the payout percentage! So if you’re going to bet $5/spin you may as well play that on a 10c denomination machine or $1 machine rather than a penny machine. In the long run, you could win more. Notice I use the word ‘could’, because of course there will be that guy who bets 88cents and wins $10,000 – but probability is against him.
Avoid Progressive Machines.
When a machine has a large progressive machine with a Grand of $10,000 or more, a large portion of each bet goes to pay out that one person. And if it’s a wide area progressive jackpot (like Wheel of Fortune or Mega Bucks with jackpots in the millions), then your odds of winning and your payout percentage drops a further 5%. There is one exception…
Must Pay By.
Some Slot Machines have progressives that must be paid by a certain amount. Don’t be fooled though, if it must be paid by $500 and it’s at $490 – it could still take another $5,000 in bets for it to actually go off (based on it going up 1 cent for every $5 bet which is not uncommon). Knowing how close it actually is and how much those amounts go up per spin may actually give you the best odds of winning if you can figure it out mathematically in your favor!
Age before Beauty.
Older Casinos have to compete with newer prettier ones, so they may up their payout percentages to attract players. Old Vegas has slightly higher odds than the strip, and outside of there on the Boulder Strip, it’s even higher. Those large fountains and chandeliers don’t just pay for themselves!
Under the same category, older machines will often have bigger payout percentages. I’ve often heard that the exact same game that is 10 years older will payout more. Why? They were manufactured back when payout percentages were higher (a rumor I’ve heard from an actual slot manufacturer).
Leave while you’re ahead.
I know, I know, easier said than done. BUT, remembering my blog last week – if a slot machine is designed to payout 89% and you’re up 110% - RUN!!! Take those winnings because you have already beaten the system. Sure, you’re only up $20 – but if you keep playing you risk losing that $20 and the rest of your ticket!
Use Cash, not Tickets.
When I get home from a casino, I ALWAYS remember the biggest losing machines and I ask myself “WHY did I keep playing??”. Often times it’s because I stuck a large ticket in the machine. It’s as if it holds a lower value than cash. If I stick in a hundred, I’ll lose a hundred. If I put in a ticket for $379.34, I’m going to lose that just the same! File those tickets away and use cash.
Better SAFE than Sorry.
When you have a collection of tickets, cash them out. Take some of the profits from the games and put them in your pocket safe, the Winners Bank! At only $26, it’s the best investment you’ll ever make, and it will pay for itself the first time you use it. (and if you follow my Affiliate Link, you’ll Save 10% with code: BrianChris
Play with Friends.
I have good friends and I have baaaaaad ones. The bad ones will encourage me to keep playing while the others (usually the ones who don’t gamble as much….Marco….) will tell me to RUN more. Best to listen to the Marco’s of the world!
READ the Payouts.
This is definitely one thing I do NOT do. However, it is important, especially if playing video poker. Side by Side poker machines may payout different! My game is Jacks or Better, and you’ll only see me sitting down if it’s set to 9/6 (9to1 payout on full house, 6to1 payout on flush). Some casinos have 9/5 or 8/5 or even worse!
Watch me Play!
Be informed. Watch from my mistakes and see what works for me and what doesn’t. I don’t have all the answers, but I sure as heck have thousands of hours of proof on my channel.
This is probably a good time to remind you to check if you are subscribed to both my
DAILY Slot Channel and my LIVE Slot Channel. Are you? Then you’re winning already! And to find out where I’ll be next…read next weeks blog!
Brian xoxo ❤️
Payout Percentage for slot machines effectively means how much money on average over the lifetime of a slot machine, it pays back to you – in percent.
For example, if a single slot machine brings in $1 Million Dollars ‘Coin In’ and pays out $900,000 ‘Coin Out’ – then it has a 90% payout percentage (or 10% goes to the casino as profit). This is designed mathematically as the probability of what may transpire.
Casinos are able to adjust the payout percentage of a game based upon how the slot manufacturer set the game up and on local laws. Most slot machines will be pre-set with the ability to adjust from 85-95% payout. If a casino would like to encourage more patrons, then they may increase how much they pay back. Some older casinos who have to compete with the newer prettier casinos, for example, will usually have a higher payback. I’ve heard from some casinos who don’t serve alcohol having to increase their percentages so that they could compete with those who did serve.
While the majority of Indian Casinos are not legally obligated to report their payout percentages, other casinos are required to do so and can be found in the American Casino Guide. Many people assume that Indian Casinos (or even Bingo machines for that matter) are set lower because of this, but it’s not true. If a casino has poor payouts, then people would simply not go. And this year, I am KILLING it at the Indian casinos (knock on wood). In some locations like Las Vegas, the city does not announce the percentages by casino, but rather by location. Aka Strip Casinos, Downtown Casinos etc. Some states break down the payout percentages by denomination and others as a whole for the casino or even city!
Not all Slot Machines are created equal…
Penny Machines. Oh how I love thee. They are usually the most fun games with the best bonuses, music and graphics. But don’t be fooled – they have the WORST payout percentages. Penny machines can be set to payout around 89%. A misconception is that this means that 89% of people end up winning while only 11% lose. Or if you put in $100 into a machine - that you are guaranteed to cash out with at least $89. WRONG!! Here’s an example:
If one person puts $5 in a slot machine and wins $1,000 then they have a payout percentage of 2,000%. That means that a further 224 people (or so) who also put in $5 will have a 0% payout percentage (go broke). The grand total of that? An 89% payout percentage. (Of course, you’d have to add a lot more zeroes to my example to show a true comparison of a real slot machines life, and a lot more winners at varying amounts).
Progressive Slot Machines
When you see machines with large progressive jackpots – let’s say for this example they are set to a 90% payout. That certainly does not mean that 90% of people are winners. It’s probably more like (this is completely made up by my semi-educated guess) 0.001% win a jackpot, 10% make a good profit, 20% make a small profit, 20% break even and 50% lose all their money. Because of this, progressive machines are most difficult to pull a profit because most of the money that goes into the machine goes toward paying out that 1 PERSON who takes the top prize.
Wow, what a buzz kill. So what games should we play?
One clear fact is that higher denomination machines (not bet amount, but denomination) have higher payout percentages. Pennies are the lowest, followed by 2cent, 5c, 10c, 25c, 50c, $1 and so forth up to $100 and above. When you hit the $100 bet range or more, they can have close to a 95% payout! So why wouldn’t we all just bet on $100 machines? Again, they usually have a large progressive amount or Jackpot Amount that will account for most of the winnings thus generally making you a loser.
Does this mean that the casino can ‘flip a switch’ at any time and adjust the payout percentage?
No. No. No. Everyone, including myself, LOVES to blame a casino at times saying that “Oh this section is not paying out”, or “they’re under renovations and have to pay for it” or “It’s the holidays so they’ve flipped the switch!”. It’s just not true no matter how many times you say it. Sometimes you are just darned lucky, and sometimes you are not just darned unlucky. In order for a casino to adjust a payout percentage on a slot machine, they have to open it up and make adjustments to each individual machine. This process can take up to 45 minutes to do, so by the time they are done, the holiday would be over! So no, there is no man in a booth getting ready to shut it down. There was a time when casinos were hoping to go to server based machines, but it didn't happen.
Play within your limits. If you normally bet $5/spin, rather than play a penny machine with an 87% payout, why not play a $1 denomination machine for the same bet amount of $5/spin with a 92% payout! That’s why when you see me playing Lightning Link, I always do the 10cent denomination for $5 a spin rather than max betting the 1 cent version. When it does come to multi-denomination machines like Lightning Link, the jury is out as to whether the payout percentages actually change or not. I have heard that it depends on the manufacturer. So in that case, I’ll play Lightning Link in the High Limit room instead with the exact same 10cent denomination at $5/spin bets (the lowest on that machine). Or better still, try your hand at Video Poker for higher paybacks (assuming you know how to play!).
So why do I play penny slots after knowing all of this?
Can you blame me? They’re too much darn fun!! Imagine if all of my videos were on single line $1 machines or me just doing 2 spins on a $100 machine. No one watches for just that! So I will take the 5% cut in payout percentage if it means I have more fun.
Don’t forget, payout percentages are not advertised by casinos nor are they on slot machines, except….LIGHTNING ZAP!! This particular game, created by Everi, is set to start as a whopping 90% payback and they often advertise that at casinos! I’ve also noticed that while playing slots at Dotty’s in Vegas, the slot machines would encourage me to ‘up’ by denominations for higher payout percentages! I think if slot manufacturers caught on to that, it would be very smart. Wouldn’t you bet $3 instead of $2 if it told you your payout would go from 87% to 90%? It sure worked on me, although I ended up losing quicker.
Here's an AMAZING HIT I got in Reno on Lightning Zap on a $2 bet with a 24,450% payback! Is that right? It sounds too high...but when winning $2 on a $2 bet is 100%, I guess it adds up quickly!
There are of course even more tricks and tips to try and make the biggest bang for your buck. More on that next week!
Brian xoxo ❤️
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I suppose I always just assumed people would figure it out by watching the videos, but turns out this is a very popular question to ask. How do Group Slot Pulls work? I’m hoping this will answer all questions I’ve seen in the comments of my past videos.
First off, I have to get permission from a casino to be able to record there. Some casinos have open filming policies, so they reap the benefits of my attendance.
Basic rules are simple:
How do you choose the Games?
As far as the games we play, I usually narrow down the options to 3-5 games and have the participants vote on them. The games I choose are based off of denomination, bet amounts, as well as location in the casino. I have to ensure there will be enough space around a machine for a large group without causing an issue for other patrons or staff in the casino. I also try to make it so that each participant gets around 6-10 spins each. The minimum amount of spins I want to have on a single machine is 40. I figure that generally speaking that should be enough spins to get at least one bonus (sometimes we get multiple and other times none at all!). On occasion a casino will require that I choose the slot machines in advance so that they can inform security where we will be or even turn that machine off for us to play which is awesome. In those cases, I use my best judgement in choosing the machine for the group.
Legally speaking, there are some things I do to ensure no one leaves the casino with all the money on a spin they did. I will only use my players card in the machine. Sure, I get the points from it which results in me getting maybe $10-$20 in freeplay – but I do that to safeguard the money. (And believe me, I don’t run these huge events to make an extra $20, and I play enough on my own to already be in the top tiers). More importantly, some states say whosever card is in the machine is responsible for the money and the taxes. Imagine if you’re in a group of 20 people you’ve never met and one person spins the wheel and hits $10,000. They could easily demand that it’s their money and leave with it. Some casinos are really awesome and provide me with a specific players card for the group which will equally allow us to all share in the players points. I wish they all were able to accommodate this. The other safeguards I use is making everyone sign a waiver agreeing to our terms (where they also agree to having their image in my videos online).
I live far away, can I send you money to be in included in the group pull?
It sounds like an awesome idea to include a ton of people, however sadly it is against the law to gamble with other peoples money and then split the money. The person legally must be in the casino.
Who Pays the taxes?
I agree to cover up to $5,000 worth of wins in taxes. What that means, for my group pulls, is that if the group hits $10,000 in overall wins, I will personally cover the taxes on the first $5,000, and as a group, we would split the taxes on the second half. If however we hit $6,000 in hand pays but our overall win is only $1,000, then I won’t hold back anything. In general, we do not go over $5,000 in overall wins, in fact it has only happened once. That group only had to share a couple hundred dollars in taxes among 25 people which was around $20/person.
In some States, whoever does the SPINNING is responsible for paying the taxes. In those instances, I always leave it up to the player if they want to take that chance. I also keep it to just American residents to spin so we avoid any immediate tax withholdings from those in other countries. Canadians for example have to pay taxes immediately on the spot. So if they spun a jackpot, they’d pay hundreds in taxes and end up leaving the group pull negative! To avoid that hassle and headache, in such States, I regretfully keep it to just American residents - but I'll still call them up and do the spins in their name.
Bottom line, everything I do is to safeguard each other and myself. These events are put on for the enjoyment of others to not only get a chance to gamble with myself, #priceless haha, but more importantly give people the opportunity to play high limit slots when they otherwise may not have had that chance. And also give them their 5 seconds of fame!
Do you tip on the hand pays?
Just like in my own play, we always tip the slot attendants. Rather than pay them after every single hand pay, I pay them at the end. So if a group of 20 people is left with $5086.46, rather than pay them each back $254.32, each person would get $250 and the remaining $4.32 (or $86.40) would go to the staff as a thank you.
So do you WIN or LOSE overall in your Group Pulls?
When you consider that high limit slot machines have an average payout percentage of around 92% or so, you should really expect the same from a group pull. I’d say that most of the group pulls end up in a loss of around $20 a person, with a quarter of group pulls coming away winners of around $25 a person. On occasion we’ve had the group each walk away with over $100 in profit, once over $500 each in profit, and twice, we’ve had horrible a payback where we lost most of our money. To me (and most participants), it’s about the journey, the experience and the excitement! We play for 30 minutes to an hour spinning strictly high limit slots. We cheer, we jeer, we drink and we scream!! That in itself is an awesome value for your money. And if you walk away with some profit or a small loss – it’s all worth it in the end. If you read the comments on these videos from the participants, they always say they look forward to the next one! The camaraderie is infectious. Why go to the batting cages when you can play with a team! Heck, I will lose $200 in 1 minute on my own, I’m only so happy to lose $20 in 45 minutes!
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Here’s a look at BIGGEST Payout Percentage WIN as a group aboard our Rudies Cruise in 2018, and our BIGGEST Profit as a group in Las Vegas.
Next week we will delve into the world of payout percentages and what that means to a player…
Brian xoxo ❤️
My longtime fan and friend, Kat N, wanted me to touch on etiquette in the casino, and frankly I wish this was posted at the entrance of every casino I go to :p
I’ll do this post as a TOP 10 LIST as opposed to my normal blogs.
TOP 10 PIECES OF ETIQUETTE FOR THE CASINO
You may have noticed some overlay in this blog from my Biggest Pet Peeve Blog, so be sure to check it out as well as others!
Til next week when we get a little personal about my life...
Brian xoxo ❤️
Vicky H wants to know, ‘When is a good time to Cash Out?’ I’ve also been asked by numerous people, How long should you stay on a Machine?
This is one of those “easier said than done” moments. So let me just say it, haha.
You should cash out when you start asking yourself ‘should I cash out?’. It’s true, right?? We sit on a machine and we are losing and losing and for some reason that finger just keeps pressing that SPIN button even though your mind is screaming at you to cash out (but the devil on your shoulder says to keep pushing because it’s ‘DUE’ to pay!). If you’re not good at listening to that voice, try this instead:
Based on your budget, start with a certain bill: $5, $20, $100. NEVER put a ticket in the machine unless you are prepared to lose it all (not speaking from experience….ahem…obviously…). Start your spinning, and if after your first 10 spins you haven’t lined up a single line hit, it’s time to reevaluate. Either cash out and promise to come back later (it will always be there!) or prepare yourself for another 10 losing spins, just in case.
I like to start with a fresh $100 in a machine, which on a $5/bet machine, will get me 20 spins. I feel it usually takes 20 to 40 spins before I can see any action. So hopefully $100 would do that for me. However, if I get down to $50 and I haven’t hit a darn thing –then it’s time to CASH OUT.
Now what happens if you are WINNING!! When or better still, HOW, do you cash out? So many times I hear from people that they won $500 on a machine but they just kept playing it down to nothing. Don’t be ‘that guy’. Instead, let’s say you just won a sum of money on a machine. Any of these methods are acceptable:
My buddy Neily777 follows a Cash Out Strategy of putting $20 into a machine and cashing the ticket out if he hits $25. Then he could either put in another $20 OR move on. Making 25% profit is HUGE on slot machines, heck, breaking even is huge too! So take those wins when you can!
What is NOT acceptable, is to continue playing expecting to keep on winning, not setting limits, or thinking that it’s ‘HOT’. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There is no such thing as a HOT machine, nor is any machine ever DUE to pay out (unless it’s a ‘must pay by’ machine). #ItsAllAboutTiming
Set your limits on a machine and CASH OUT when you KNOW it’s right. And for goodness sakes, take those wins and hide them in your Winners Bank. Go home with something in your pocket as a little reminder that you DID in fact win something at the casino.
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I'll see you all next week when we talk a little about Casino Etiquette!
Brian xoxo ❤️
Robert P. asks, “Can you explain what constitutes a volatile machine?”
Volatility essentially means how risky a game is, or how easy or difficult it is to win a jackpot on a machine. The more volatile a machine is, the less often you win HOWEVER when you do win, you’ll win BIG!
A great example of a machine with high volatility incliude the Ainsworth machines that have giant jackpots above them that say, ‘Must win by’ and then a large sum of money, like $10,000. It means that the majority of the money that is put into the machine will go towards paying out that single person who is lucky enough to win said jackpot. It doesn’t mean you will lose on every other spin, but just that they won’t pay out as well, or as often, on the whole. Higher volatile machines would also include those that have progressive amounts to win or are
very difficult to hit a bonus on.
Low volatile games are those that will pay out more often, but at smaller amounts, and offer the least amount of chances to win a jackpot. These games are best for those with a smaller budget who may wish to play longer and aren’t as obsessed with coming away a massive winner.
Games are not strictly Volatile or Non-Volatile. They could be anywhere on a range from low, to mid, to high, or anywhere in between. Here's just a few examples I’ve come up with based on my experiences with these games:
High volatile games: Cleopatra, Mustang Money
Mid to High Volatile Games: Quick Hit, Gold Bonanza, Wheel of Fortune, Betti the Yetti, Buffalo
Mid Volatile Games: Top Dollar, Mighty Cash, Pinball, Dancing Drums, Fu Dao Le
Low Volatile Games: Texas Tea, Lucky Pony
So you have to choose: do you want to play more and win smaller amounts? Or play less and have a chance to make it rich? I suggest mixing up your play styles. Perhaps allot a quarter of your budget to higher volatile games, half to mid-level volatile games and then if you’re down to 25% of your budget, to stick to lower volatile games. Of course, there is no guarantees at ANY level that you’ll come away a winner, so you better just hope that Lady Luck is on your side! And sometimes when you take a risk, like I did with my biggest Cleopatra WIN, it may pay off for you!
Let me know of some of your own examples under our post on Facebook!
Brian xoxo ❤️
Jerry W asks a very important question,
“What is the difference between a gambling addict and all these gambling channels. Are you all compulsive gamblers? Or can you stop at any given moment? Can you all stop gambling for a month? What do you tell viewers who have a gambling problem?”
I will not speak for others, but I do promise to be as open and honest as possible and to provide as much education as I can. I am not an expert and so have researched and provided links below.
The Mayo Clinic classifies compulsive gambling (or gambling disorder) as
the uncontrollable urge to keep gambling despite the toll it takes on your life. Gambling
means that you’re willing to risk something you value in the hope of getting something of even greater value. It can stimulate the brain’s reward system much like drugs or alcohol can, leading to addiction.
According to them, Symptoms include:
Personally, I do not have an addiction. I enjoy gambling responsibly and have learned the limits I need to set for myself over time. That wasn’t always the case however. When I was younger, I would sometimes gamble too much and I found myself gambling to make back the money I lost. That is a sure way to come away a loser every time, because when you win, you feel invincible and keep gambling…until it’s all gone. A jackpot is never big enough.
Some tricks I personally use to ensure it does not become a problem and that I recommend:
Casinos should be used as a form of entertainment, a place to hang out with friends or to just get away and have some excitement. It is NOT a place to go and get rich or to help you pay the bills. If the fun stops, so should you. My favorite saying is from the Ontario Lottery Gaming: Know your Limit, Play within It.
For more information or if you think you may have a problem, I encourage you to reach out to friends and family and to visit these suggested places as outlined on HelpGuide.org :
The National Council on Problem Gambling Helpline – Offers a confidential, 24-hour helpline for problem gamblers or their family members in the U.S. Call 1-800-522-4700. (NCPG)
Gamblers Anonymous – Twelve-step Gamblers Anonymous program, an international support network of meetings to assist people who have a gambling problem. Gam-Anon for the problem gambler's spouse, family members, or close friends. (Gamblers Anonymous)
Gamcare – Offers support, information, and advice for those with a gambling problem in the UK. Call the helpline 0845 6000 133. (Gamcare)
Gambling Help Online – Provides 24-hour helpline in Australia for counseling, information, and referrals. Call 1800 858 858. (Gambling Help Online)
Canadian Resources for Those Affected by Problem Gambling – Find help and information on problem gambling in your area of Canada. (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
What Is Problem Gambling? – Learn about the gambling continuum and the key differences between recreational gambling and problem gambling. (British Columbia Responsible & Problem Gambling Program)
Freedom from Problem Gambling (PDF) – Self-help workbook for compulsive gamblers, with tips on how to avoid relapse and fight gambling urges. (UCLA Gambling Studies Program and California Department of Public Health)
Choosing a Treatment Facility – Learn what treatments are appropriate for problem gambling and what questions you should ask when look at facilities. (National Council on Problem Gambling)
Problem Gamblers and their Finances (PDF) – In-depth guide for treatment professionals on how to help a problem gambler cope with financial problems and pressures. (National Endowment for Financial Education)
Help for Family, Friends, Employers, and Co-Workers – Learn how gambling addiction affects family and friends and what you can do to address the problem. (Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services)
Personal Financial Strategies for the Loved Ones of Problem Gamblers (PDF) – Designed to help families deal with personal financial issues due to a loved one's problem gambling. (National Council on Problem Gambling)
Today’s question comes in from Caudia B who asks, “Do you tip slot attendants when they pay you for a pay out, and how much?..from parking and anything in between”
It’s a question I get a lot and so I’ll give you my opinion – but it in no way is ‘the standard’, if there is one. Keep in mind that everyone has their own idea of how much to tip for everything in life; at restaurants, in a taxi, at the hair dresser etc.
Let’s start with Drink Service.
I recommend tipping what you would normally feel comfortable giving at a normal service bar. When I order a bottle of beer or a whisky, I usually give a dollar or two per drink. In Vegas Casinos, you get free drinks while you’re playing. The minimum you should tip is $1 per drink. If you ask for a beer and a bottle of water, then tip $2. (For some reason, when I order a cocktail, I tip $2 because I feel more time was put into creating it.) And just like when you’re at your local pub and it’s your favorite bar tender working; or if they’re generous and bring you an extra shot; or remember your drink order – then perhaps give them more! I usually give $5 a drink to those servers. If you’re ‘buying’ drinks for 3 people, then you can shoot them $10. You can be sure that the more you tip, the better and more frequent service you receive. I have some friends that religiously give $20 – and boy is our service (and drinks!) superior!
Getting a Hand Pay (a jackpot paid out in cash, generally over $1,200) is another bird all together. At this point it’s less about the action of paying you out and more about the overall experience in the casino. My rule is to offer $20 a hand pay OR 1%, whichever is more. Now I get it, 1% sounds soooo cheap, but believe me, it’s generous. Let’s have a look…
$1,200 Hand Pay = $20 tip
$2,000 Hand Pay = $20 tip
$5,000 Hand Pay = $50 tip
$10,000 Hand Pay = $100 tip
Every gambler knows that you lose more money than you win in the long run on slots. That’s why I feel these numbers are appropriate. You know that it cost you a LOT more than $10,000 to win that amount. I can also attest that as a bartender for almost a decade, I never once received a $100 tip (and I was an awesome bartender!)– so again, that’s where I see it being generous.
*Pro Tip (pun intended)
When tipping the attendant, it’s always a good idea to ask the people paying you if they share the tips or if it just goes to them. If there are two people helping you, and they keep their own tips, then you can split the tip between them. Otherwise, you can rest assured knowing they will put it in a shared ‘tip jar’ in the back (they have to, there are cameras on them!).
As an aside, I often get criticized in my videos for not tipping out the attendants on my own or during group pulls. You can rest assured I always do, it’s just not the focus of my videos. For group pulls, I prefer to wait until the end when I can easily divide the money up equally amongst the group and give a generous tip.
I’ve also been asked how much to tip Valet. It’s totally up to the person and their budget. I used to tip $2 back when I was younger, but these days I now do $5-$10 depending on service. Again, from the time they go to get your car, to the time it is delivered – you’re probably looking at 10 minutes of service. What is that worth to you?
To some of you reading, I’m a cheap bum – and to others, I’m very generous. I don’t think it’s the amount of tip that is most important, but rather the gesture. But what I’m most interested is where you stand. How much do you think is appropriate? Let me know on Facebook.
And if you want to see a time when I gave a couple hundred dollars in tips, then you’ll enjoy watching my $10,000 win LIVE at Seneca! (I gave $200 because of the extra service I received).
I generally keep my cool in my videos, so you may be interested to know there are some things that really get my slot blood boiling. Here are a few that involve an average trip to a casino.
Lap Dancers. We all have a little bit of road rage I’m sure. Mine revolves around people on their phones while driving! I’m sorry, but no matter how good a driver you are, looking down at your lap for even 2 seconds is all it takes to kill me. And I take that seriously, my fans rely on my live stream to start on time! I have been known on occasion to do a long honk beside someone on their phone and flip them the PHONE hand sign, lol. As in, hang up the phone!! I imagine myself to resemble an angry Cruella Deville driving by. Most are embarrassed and put it down.
Once at the casino, there are a flurry of other pet peeves…
Chair Huggers. People who put ash trays or dirty items on a chair in front of a slot machine drives me nuts. Or even worse, they will angle a chair against the machine or tie their bungee cord between the slot machine and their chair to proclaim “This machine is MINE!”. I think it bothers me most because I understand the RNG’s of slot machines and that most machines are not set to go off at a certain time. I assume most of these chair huggers believe otherwise.
Bangers N Smash. These are the people who just LOVE to smash the buttons on a game – especially when they get a ‘link’ bonus. Non-stop banging the button while at the same time rubbing the machine trying to alter the outcome of a predetermined computer screen and yelling at it. I’ve even seen fists punching the screen when it doesn’t do as they request. I wonder if I told them to settle down if they would listen?
Hover ‘Boreds’. Believe me, if anyone is used to getting stared at in a casino – it’s me! However, when people who are not watching me because of my channel and are just hovering over me and watching me play because they are bored or something – it really irks me. As much as I love the attention I receive from my channel, I still require space and like to keep people at a safe distance without feeling their breathe on my neck.
LETTUCE HAVE AN OPTION PLEASE. I love to eat food, and at the casino you can find some pretty fancy places. That said, the options for a vegan are often, well, option-less. I understand it’s my personal choice to be vegan – but is it asking too much to have at least one item on the menu that doesn’t come from the death or torture of animals? Wow, that got deep real fast haha. I don’t judge those who do eat whatever their taste buds desire, but believe it or not, even a simple salad rarely makes its way onto the menu without it being covered with bacon, cheeses or dairy filled dressings. My go to meal request at casinos sadly is more often than not “a side of french fries with a side salad – hold the cheese, meat and dressing”.
I think if everyone just watched my channel, this world would be a better place haha. That way they would understand how slots work and perhaps have a better stress-free time!
Have you seen this video where a woman decided to hit me instead of her machine? Perhaps another pet peeve of mine lol: CLICK HERE TO WATCH
It’s a great question we should all ask ourselves before getting in that car and heading to our local. I fear that most people go for the wrong reason – to get RICH!
No matter how many times I tell people that “There is no such thing as winning in the long run on slot machines”, and no matter how many facts I can throw at people about how slots are designed to take your money – the majority of people continue to play to make it rich.
The correct answer should be: “Because I get a thrill out of the excitement at the possibility of winning a jackpot – BUT – realize that the odds are against me.”
I suggest you repeat the following statement before you start your next gambling escapade:
“I ________(your name), am going to the casino today for the sole purpose of spending $______(whatever your budget is). For that money I expect to get back in return the following: Five hours of game play, a comp meal, parking, cocktails, good music and the excitement of having the opportunity to win a jackpot. I am fully going to the casino with the expectation of spending (not losing or investing, but spending) X amount of dollars for this entertainment.”
Setting up that expectation may help put things in perspective. I can’t tell you how many times in the past I’ve said statements like “I can’t believe I just lost $1,000 today. I could have bought a new computer, or TV with that!”. That was back when I thought I was investing and had some kind of control over my wins. Now that I’m grounded in reality, I get to decide if I want that TV or if I prefer some entertainment for the afternoon.
Yes, you can get lucky.
Yes, you can have a lucky streak.
But eventually that luck will run out, and the slots will take what they feel they are deserved.
There is no such thing as winning on slot machines in the long run.
There is no such thing as making a living playing slot machines.
There is only luck and timing, and you better hope they both Line it UP! But even if they don’t, you should be happy – because you got what you paid for…EXCITEMENT!
Brian Christopher is a popular YouTube Star specializing in Slot Machine Gambling Videos