Wednesday, November 02, 2011

How to Anger a Slot Player


I went to my usual haunt, The Emerald Queen Casino, today. I like to play Quick Hits, the slot game on which I've won jackpots of over $1700 and $1600 recently. I was having no luck with the machine on the right so I thought I'd move to the one on the left. To explain, there are four machines. Two on the right of the row and two on the left, with two Asian-themed games in between. So, I approach the one on the left and discovered a woman is playing both of them on that side. She asked me if I wanted to play and I said yes after a little hemming and hawing. She was down to 29 cents on one of them so she moved over and gave me that one. I had a few good spins, including one for $30 and one with five Quick Hits for a tad over $25. These are progressive machines and the pot for the Quick Hits grows as the machines are fed money. There's also a minimum amount with which each jackpot starts. For example, five Quick Hits is $15, Eight is $1500. I hit seven, which paid around $175. Not a great payout (someone else must have hit it recently for the payoff to be so low), but it was great to see the woman who'd turned the slot over to me seethe with envy. She was less than gracious when I thanked her for giving up the seat.

6 comments:

pattinase (abbott) said...

I can't bear to lose a quarter so I guess I will never be a gambler. I don't even understand the games.

George said...

When I used to take my Mom to our local casino, I saw plenty of Bad Behavior by some players when someone else won. Goes with the territory, I guess.

Cap'n Bob said...

Funny thing is, this makes two jackpots in a row I won while sitting at a machine another player gave up, and those other players were there to see it. Come to think of it, they were sitting at the same slot when I hit.

Ron Scheer said...

I would assume it's courtesy at a casino to split winnings with someone who's surrendered a slot machine they've been "priming" until you showed up. Silly me.

Cap'n Bob said...

No way, Ron. There are people who'll hang around until someone abandons a slot machine, especially one that wasn't paying, thinking that it's ready to pay out and all the bad spins have been spun. BTW, I won $58 today. At one point I was up $168 but I decided to shoot for the big dough. I missed.

D Gary Grady said...

I met a friend of ours (now deceased) at Caesar's Palace in Lake Tahoe some years ago. His wife wandered off at one point and when we finally tracked her down playing video poker he was just about to start lecturing her when he noticed that the machine was spewing quarters like mad. She'd won something like a $300 jackpot. So he said, "Honey, I forgive you, but you're buying lunch."

Later she started showing me how to play the machines and when I was ready to fly on my own she sat at the next machine and inserted a bill by mistake into mine. I said no problem, we'll just swap machines. She promptly won $600. (And no, she didn't share the winnings with me, nor was she expected to.) As she was shoveling out the quarters I looked up and saw an older guy gawking at us, so to be friendly I cheerfully informed him, "This is the second time today she's done this!" I have rarely seen anyone look more disgusted.