Jon Friedl aka Professor Slots here, author and slot machine gambler as well as, like most people, a few other things: father, gamer, inventor, engineering professor, and aerospace engineer. I focus on being an author and gambler here. But, for those interested, here is also my professional bio.
Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to know more about gambling, perhaps due to a future casino visit with friends and family, whether you attend to gamble or not; or simply having friends and family who enjoy casinos. Whichever the case may be, casinos have become a fact of life in many U.S. states and vacation hotspots.
As Professor Slots, it is my intention to help people learn more about gambling, especially slot machine gambling, including how to thrive in the casino environment.
My audience includes both interested non-gamblers and active gamblers. I intend to help both groups, to offer fascinating real-world insights into the world of gambling for non-gamblers and divulge a multitude of effective gambling strategies for active gamblers.
You might very well ask: What do I know about slot machine gambling and how did I learn it?
When I first started slot machine gambling in 2003, I knew nothing but a few gambling myths. So, I studied. I observed and thought. I played. And, over time, I learned. Eventually I figured out how to win 13 taxable jackpots, and literally countless smaller jackpots under the $1,200 taxable limit, over a six-day period. Here are a few taxable jackpots from back in the day. Look at how young I was!
That whole career thing got started.
It wasn’t long after that that I finished graduate school in the Midwest (Iowa), and moved to Connecticut to launch my aerospace career. Financial circumstances being as they were then, I wasn’t able to gamble much for almost 10 years. But, I sure did think a lot about what I’d learned!
After my career moved me back to the Midwest (Ohio), it wasn’t long before I checked out the new or recently renovated local casinos. In mid-2013, I played a few hundred dollars about every 1-2 months, just playing through my cash, i.e., bankroll, until I’d gotten down to half of what I’d brought to the casino, no matter how long it took to do so.
It’s very entertaining being a casual gambler!
But, fortunately or unfortunately, all that ended in mid-November 2013, starting with winning a single $2,250 taxable jackpot. With that win, I’d made back my $1,000 in gambling losses for the year and had a tidy $1,000 gambling profit remaining.
As wonderful as that was, 10 years of prior thinking had helped me realize that I’d just spent 6 months earning a profit of $1,000. “Really?” I thought, “That’s all?”
I decided, right then and there, that this was NOT GOOD ENOUGH! I’m a fairly logical guy, by personal inclination and academic training, but sometimes becoming deliberately passionate is necessary to achieve nearly out-of-reach goals.
So, I got passionate. I DECIDED to DO something. This is where the 10 years of thoughts on gambling strategies started to come in very handy.
I see … patterns.
The gambling strategy I used is detailed in my eBook Learning To Win, but suffice to say here that I took the $1,000 profit along with the $1,000 in recouped gambling losses in to that casino’s High-Limit Slots Area, put all $2,000 into a carefully chosen slot machine (a $5 denomination, 5-credit WOF), and proceeded to play my bankroll until it was gone. Anyway, I tried to. Here are a couple of photos that explains why I failed (thankfully) to do so.
By the end of that evening, I’d won another 6 taxable jackpots totaling a little over $15,000. But, this (please remember!) means very little without one more piece of information: What was the profit? I went home that night with $7,400 in cash. That minus my original bankroll of $500 was my profit for the day. I was no longer a casual gambler playing for entertainment only. I was … something else, I knew not what exactly, but certainly no longer a casual gambler.
And so, there I was, learning to win.
From mid-November to the end of 2013, I won 50 taxable jackpots. The largest was $27,000. I’d show you a picture of that, but the one I took is quite blurry due to how much my hands were shaking from winning that much. It wasn’t the largest amount I’d every win, but at the time was far more than I’d thought possible.
In the first 7-1/2 months of 2014, I won another 49 taxable jackpots. Throughout, I took careful notes while I continued to experiment and learn. I had an idea in my head that I might even write a book about the experience, perhaps a how-to book with lots of great anecdotes about my experiences. Then, after 9 months and 90 taxable jackpots, I carefully and deliberately won a car (I took the $40,000 cash payout, which is still my largest cash payout). That’s when I knew I was going to be an author along with everything else I am.
At that point, Jon Friedl – Professor Slots quit gambling. Well, I tried to….
I mostly did, anyway. See, by then I was a top-tier member of two casino player clubs: They just kept giving me valuable free stuff, but I had to go to the casino to pick each of them up. And, usually, one or more of my strategies indicated I’d likely win a taxable jackpot on a specific slot machine if I played it. So, I did. And, I would.
The 3 taxable jackpots totaling $17,059 that I won in 34 minutes, including 20-25 minutes spent on jackpot paperwork, was just great. I remember the slot technicians walking away after paying out the first jackpot saying, as they usually do with everyone, “See you soon for your next jackpot!” They’d no sooner said that than I won the next taxable jackpot. I wish I could share with you the look of disbelief on their faces when they had to turn around and come back. Here’s that second taxable jackpot they had to come back for.
Jon Friedl – Professor Slots’ first trip to Las Vegas!
So, anyway, I had my free 3-day trip to Las Vegas a 2 weeks later, and that cash came in very handy when trying to learn about what does and does not work well at casinos on the Las Vegas strip. What I learned about slot machine gambling is also detailed in Learning To Win.
I did quit, it was more of a taper off situation. It just took awhile to ramp it down. Besides, I still had two free 3-night stays in Las Vegas as well as two free 7-day cruises. The Alaska cruise was very quite nice, especially topped off with all the most expensive excursions! Afterwards, I never really stopped gambling, because my business requires that I keep pushing forward on learning, but the intensity certainty dropped to a level that would best support writing a book about slots gambling, casinos, play club comps, and all the rest of it. Now, I focus on the details of casual slots gambling.
I decided to write a book explaining everything I’d figured out.
As a result, the rest of 2014 and all of 2015 was spent figuring out how to write a nonfiction book, as well as learning what book publishing is all about these days, while working a more-than-full-time day job designing commercial jet engines. Whew! I started my Jon Friedl LLC company in 2016. My eBook LEARNING TO WIN: How to Make a Profit at Slot Machine Gambling was completed next. Then, I built and launched this website on October 31, 2016.
My plans for 2017 and beyond.
Frankly, I’m just getting started. I’m slightly less than 6 months in business as I write this, but am determined to make it both interesting and helpful to you. Plus, I have a great plan for even more valuable content! Here’s what is planned for 2017, including what’s already available:
- ~700 posters and tips are already scheduled to be posted twice a day for the rest of 2017.
- My email subscription opt-in is currently a collection of my free top 25 winning tips.
- Preparing a book for putting it up on Amazon.
- Blog articles, podcasts, and vlogging. Oh-my!
- State-by-state blog posts published weekly for the next year
- My final planned goal for 2017 is to put together an online video course.
- My 2018 plans include:
- Build a closed forum community
- Paid speaking engagements
- Personal coaching
This is all about being prepared to gamble. It’s about having fun. But, it’s also about how to make a bit of profit from gambling.
You can steer your own gambling destiny!
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Have fun, be safe, and make good choices!
By Jon H. Friedl, Jr. Ph.D., President
Jon Friedl, LLC