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Slots: Tradeoffs

19 January 2023

By Royal Flushes

CINDY: Today it is slot machines, the feed and grain of casinos all over the world.

ABBY: Not just casinos, you still have slot parlors across the planet. There is no doubt that casino gambling would not have spread as far as it has across the globe if it were not for the slot machines. In America, I think you might just have a few places such as Vegas and Atlantic City with casino gaming, instead of almost every state having place to go to try your luck.

CINDY: Table games just can’t bring in nationwide traffic as the slots do. I think that is an unassailable point. Slots have created casinos, period.

ABBY: Slots are, in my humble opinion, a weird way to gamble. You have no idea of what the returns are on any given machine. Some machines return low and some high. How do you know which is which when you walk into a casino and look for a machine to play?

CINDY: In general, machines with high denominations tend to return more and machines with low denominations return less.

ABBY: True. But you don’t know what a multiple-casino progressive actually returns as opposed to a stand-alone machine not connected with other machines. Sure, you’ll know the machine, when it hits the big one, will dispense “X” amount of dollars but how much overall, day in and day out; hour by hour?

CINDY: True. But the machines are like flames that the moths find irresistible.

ABBY: The negatives are there, of course, but the hope of a decent win is there as well, no matter what denomination a player plays. Players have great hopes when they play the slot machines. That is a big tradeoff when you realize that big money awaits you – of at least you hope big money awaits you.

CINDY: Desiring relatively big wins may by the reason slot players seem to have remarkable patience. Even if a machine hasn’t hit for a while, slot players often don’t give up. They will play and play because their desire and their anticipation of a win, maybe a big win too, keeps them going.

ABBY: The unknown is a strong element and motivator in slot play. The fruit hangs from the tree but you don’t know when it will fall off or how big a fruit it will be. But it is there, you see the screen showing you what you can win, big wins, little wins and you want it. It is a good tradeoff that you might have to wait a while for the fruit to fall. All the slot players know that the fruit will fall, for someone, sometime in the future.

CINDY: Yes, I agree. All gambling has anticipation as an element and I think slots are big in that area. Articles about big winners can be read on the Internet or in newspapers and then there are pictures and announcements often plastered on billboards in the casinos and on the roads leading to casinos. You can’t get away from that reality and the slot players don’t want to get away from that reality. They can taste that reality.

ABBY: I taste it when I play the slots.

CINDY: It is the underpinning of the whole thing.

ABBY: Let’s finish next week with video poker, an often-forgotten game that has a big audience.

CINDY: Agreed.

This article is provided by the Frank Scoblete Network. Melissa A. Kaplan is the network's managing editor. If you would like to use this article on your website, please contact Casino City Press, the exclusive web syndication outlet for the Frank Scoblete Network. To contact Frank, please e-mail him at fscobe@optonline.net.

Royal Flushes
Abby Royal is a lawyer and Cindy Royal is a school administrator. Together, they are the Royal Flushes. The sisters play weekly or bi-weekly in such venues as Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Pennsylvania and Indian casinos throughout the country.

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