Introduction to Friday Casino Observations
I visited a tribal casino in the southwest corner of Michigan. While there, I made Friday casino observations you should look for to take advantage of your casino.
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An Interesting Conversation
I wanted to tell you about an interesting conversation I had with a casino employee. There’s no need to mention who, so she doesn’t get in trouble. I met her when first arriving at the casino around 5 p.m. Friday.
I don’t usually tell casino employees who I am, that I have an educational slots website, podcast, and YouTube Channel, but this time I did. I even gave her my business card. We had the usual conversation.
You know what I mean? She asked, “So, you have a way to win at slots?”
I said, “Ten of them so far, yes, based on which setup the casino has chosen.”
She replied, “What?!”
An Odds Conversation
From there it turned kind of odd. I meant, sure, we talked about how table game odds are how most folks think about slots. I tried to explain how they not quite the same thing, that table odds are based on the game being played: Craps, cards, roulette, or whatever.
The odds of winning at a slot machine can switch instantaneously, while table games can’t. You’ll never sit at a table playing 4-card poker and looked up suddenly to ask the dealer how long you’ve been playing Texas Hold Em’.
But winning slot machines turn into losing slot machines all the time but especially at the top of the hour. You’ve seen that, right?
Well, fast forward ninety minutes to when I was ready to leave. I swung by her station to say goodbye and we got to talking again. She’d forgotten everything I’d said about how to win at slots. Oh, well!
But I mentioned that during my ninety minutes, I saw only one hand pay jackpot. Well, close enough. Someone mentioned in passing that they’d just gotten one in the high-limit room.
That’s right. One hand pay in 90 minutes.
I went back to the casino employee I has talked to before and explained my observation along with my surprise at the casino having such low odds. This was around 7:30 p.m., it was raining hard outside, and the casino was almost half full.
I was making the point that sometimes slot machine odds are set deliberately low because that’s the casino’s chosen setup. Oh, and that it’s on a schedule.
“Oh, no,” she said, “Slot machines are random!”
A Scheduled Burst of Wins
And this is when it happened. This is when her co-worker chimed in and said, “There will be a lot more hand pays in a little while, tonight!”
I pointed to her co-worker and say, “See?”
Nope. She didn’t see. Her belief that slot machines were random, whatever she truly meant by that, was a roadblock to drawing conclusions from her observations. But not to her co-worker.
I tried to explain that doubling or tripling the people playing slots in a casino with the same overall odds would only increase the number of hand pays to about three or so as seen by one person walking around for ninety minutes.
Her co-worker implied a lot more hand pays then that. Fifty hand pays? A hundred? More?
How can you expect to win at slots if nobody else around you is? Yes, lightning can strike anytime. Put another way, luck-based winning happens. But if you want to win repeatably and systematically, wait for others to start winning often.
At this tribal casino in Battle Creek, Michigan, that’s 8:30 or later, on a Friday night. EVERY Friday night.
Does your casino do this? If so, when? Or is it on a Saturday, sometime? And have you taken advantage of it?
There’s no cost for watching for this casino environment behavior, although figuring out what to do in the meantime isn’t easy. That’s another thing about the casino environment. And, yes, I also had a hard time finding the exit at the end of my visit.
Summary of Friday Casino Observations
I visited a tribal casino in Battle Creek, Michigan. While there, I made Friday casino observations you can take advantage of at your casino.
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