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What Slot Players Think, Part II

17 January 2023

By Frank Scoblete

And slot players? What about slot players? (Come on, you know where this is going.)

Here is what I hear when I hear them say that they play the slot machines. I quote one from just last week: “I am just a slot player.” (Just? Just?)

Or two weeks ago: “I only play the slots.” (Only? Only?)

There is no puffed-up, swollen-chested pride in playing a machine; no sense of accomplishment or arcane knowledge. You press a button; a decision is reached; you press the button again and that’s all you need to know. You aren’t a member of the aristocracy by doing this. It’s just “press” the button; wait for a decision and press the button again.

Is that all there is? Yes. And no.

You see; the game a player plays is just a game. It has no intrinsic meaning. It is – merely – what the player thinks it is. You don’t think slots are anything? The casino doesn’t think that. Not at all.

Not at all.

You see the true value of the slot machine is determined by the casino, not by what a player thinks. It is a brick falling from the roof.

Are craps players high above the peasant class? Not really. The casino would get rid of all its craps tables before it got rid of all its slot machines.

The casino would get rid of all of its roulette games before it got rid of all of its slot machines. Yes, throw in blackjack, mini-baccarat, and all the other table games and each and every one would be booted from Dame Fortune’s gaming house before a casino would release all of its slot machines.

How important is the slot machine to a casino? The most important game of all. Between 65 and 90 percent of casinos’ revenue comes from those formerly one-armed bandits.

[Please note: Except cases of humor, slot machines are no longer called one-armed bandits. Most don’t even have one-arms at all!]

There would be no casino revolution without the slot machines. The world is now full of slot machines, of every variety and denomination, and when I say the “world” I do indeed mean the “world.”

There is no casino industry without the slot machine. Indeed, there are some casinos near me that have no real table games. These have bought faux table-game machines that merely mimic live table games. What mimics something is not the thing in and of itself.

And the slot players? They are the most important players in the casinos, in the casino “world,” and they should know that.

Words such as “just” or “only” should not apply to any slot player. No sir. A slot player should think of him or herself as the main engine of an empire that has exceeded ancient Rome.

Casino aristocracy? Go check the slot aisles.

All the best in and out of the casinos!

Frank Scoblete’s web site is www.frankscoblete.com. His books are available from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Kindle, e-books, libraries and bookstores.

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