Introduction to 5-Spin Method
Let’s talk about my 5-spin method and how to use it to turn the tables on a casino’s attempt to manipulate you.
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Finding the 5-Spin Method
After over a dozen visits within three months at a pari-mutual racetrack with slot machines outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, I found a clear pattern to winning I’d not seen before. I watched someone else use it, then used it myself.
As you should be asking yourself at this point, did I make a profit? Yes, I did. The true power of this strategy is that nearly all its winnings are profit.
I had help discovering this strategy. Yes, a casino employee TOLD ME they’d see someone win multiple hand pays using it. All I had to do was listen to what they were saying.
I realized it wasn’t luck. The casino set up its slot machines to perform this way for good business reasons. But it’s easily leveraged by you because it’s an easy-to-see winning pattern.
Here’s what I saw. After the first win on a slot machine, called a taste, I wouldn’t win again. I saw this behavior again and again, on every slot machine I played at that casino.
I decided to play each slot machine for up to five spins. If I got any non-zero win, I’d stop playing and move to the next slot machine. This strategy is essentially about collecting those tastes from machine after machine.
Advantages and Disadvantages
It’s first advantage is that it’s inexpensive and doesn’t require much bankroll to be successful. If you play high-limit slots, you’ll find you need a much smaller bankroll, say maybe only $500 instead of $2,500. That’s what I did.
When I first tried this strategy, I sat at a $5 or $10 denomination slot machine, put my whole $500 bankroll into it, and played until I’d made up to five bets or won. I did this on machine after machine, right down one row and up another. I won three hand pays on three different high-limit machines within 25 minutes, each hand pay occurring mere minutes apart as 25 minutes was taken up with slot attendants servicing each hand pay.
Over months, the casino slowly turned down wins from my 5-spin method. Over 18 months, those wins reduced from low 5-figure hand pays to 4-figure hand pays to making a profit of $500. I remember being disappointed, but then remembered it was still a profit.
But why do operators set up their casinos to offer tastes? Because casinos want us to stay, spend that initial win, and proceed to empty our pockets into the machine. Yet, lots of slots enthusiasts can plainly see that’s what the casino wants.
My 5-spin method says do the opposite of what the casino is hoping for. Instead of staying and spending the taste and more, move on immediately to another slot machine and collect its taste. On machine after machine, collect those tastes!
Eventually, the casino can’t afford to give out big tastes because everyone figures it out. That’s one of its disadvantages. Being too obvious makes it a losing business plan, so casinos turn down the wins over time.
Another disadvantage is the 5-spin method is it only works at about 1-in-4 casinos.
Test for Tastes First
Before spending your hard-won bankroll, first check if your casino has set itself up to have those tastes you want to collect. I know we’re all gamblers, but I care nobody loses their bankroll. There’s an easy and inexpensive test you can use first to check your casino’s setup.
Test if your casino gives out tastes by heading out to the main casino floor. Find 20 slot machines with the smallest minimum bets you can find. Slot machines can be expensive to play even at minimum bet.
Here’s the test procedure. Put your chosen bankroll into a machine. Make five minimum bets but stop if you win anything at all.
If you win anything on the first ten machines, continue until you’ve tested twenty machines. And keep track of how many machines gave you a taste before you moved on.
How many machines gave you a taste? Was it more than half of them? Good, as the casino has passed its first test!
Now, consider your remaining bankroll. How much is left over? With 50% or more machines giving out tastes, what was your return?
If you broke even or make a profit, that’s great! But if you didn’t break even, that’s means your casino gives out tastes but failed to give out a positive return. That’s bad.
Or not good, rather. It might be possible to make adjustment to your test procedure. More on that in a moment.
Our first evaluation was to see how many machines gave out a taste. Our second evaluation was profitability, to determine if the 5-spin method is worth doing at your casino. But first, consider this.
You might initially think an 84% return is terrible, but that’s not necessarily true. An 84% return might be wonderful at super tight casinos where everyone else is losing far more. Is that’s what happening at your casino?
And what about breaking even? That’s exactly what you want if your gambling goal is earning players’ club points or playing longer by endlessly cycling your bankroll. Frankly, your gambling goal determines if you’re doing well enough.
But what if your return is too small? Can anything be done? Yes!
What do you do if your return isn’t as great as you’d like? Is it ever? Combine the 5-spin method with my Location, Location, Location strategy to have a combined plan to win.
Here’s what you do. Repeat strategy 1, but this time only play slot machines viewable from a distance. You know, on end-of-row machines or the specific machine in a carousel which can be easily seen from a place where people gather like a casino entrance or cafe.
At Soaring Eagle in Michigan, my first test on 20 random machines gave me an 84% return. But a second test of twenty end-of-row only machines resulted in a 161% return. Bonus!
To be clear, playing only end-of-row slot machines changed the results from an 84% return to a 161% return. With my $100 bankroll, I went from a $14 loss to a $61 profit.
Summary to 5-Spin Method
We talked about how to use my 5-spin method to take advantage of a casino’s attempt to manipulate you.
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