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!
It is VERY difficult for me to differentiate between which slot machines are my favorite, and which ones I play because they’re my FAN’S favorites. Despite numerous times of being asked this question before, I will attempt (and most likely fail) to pick my top ten slots at the casino right now. To help me choose, I am ranking them in order of which machines I just MUST play every time I visit the casino.
Cleopatra 2 – I mean come on, it was one of my biggest jackpots ever and it really kickstarted my channel. I’m always trying to relive that moment.
Wheel of Fortune – Speaking of moments – who can forget that $10k win during a LIVE Stream! I never used to play this game, but now you can’t get me off of it!
Buffalo Gold – This has been a crowd favorite for quite some time. It probably would have been closer to the top of the list 6 months ago, so we shall see if it even ranks in 6 months from now!
Quick Hit Wild Blue – I just can’t NOT play this game. I will keep trying to hit those 8 or 9 quick hits!
Tarzan – Aristcrat has done it again with this new concept game. As much as I hate the volatility, I freakin’ love it too! (It does help I got a hand pay on my first attempt!)
Double Top Dollar – This game is fun regardless of the denomination. It’s one of the few times you feel like you have SOME control over the outcome! And it must be the "DOUBLE" version too!
Wonder 4 Tower – This game is always a must. My favorite is playing all 4 Pompeii games at Max Bet which is only $5 a spin!
Lightning Link – This is one of those games that I used to LOVE, and then despised and now LOVE again! And talk about a game changer for the industry! As much as I realize that ‘it’s all about timing’, you always get that feeling that the MAJOR or GRAND is about to hit! I’m ready to #LandTheGrand
Dancing Drums – This is one another one of those game changing machines. I mean, who doesn’t want to fill that pot up and get one of those delicious bonuses?
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – One of the older versions with the 7 characters all around it. It’s my favorite movie and they did a wonderful job with this machine.
Honorable Mentions: Super Jackpot Party, Gold Fish 2, 2x10x5x Bonus Times, Pinball
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