Introduction to Holiday Strategy
From the middle of November until the end of the year, I won 54 hand pay jackpots over 18 casino visits. Six of those days are holidays or almost holidays like the day after Thanksgiving. And over that time and because of those many W-2G jackpots, I found a holiday strategy you can use throughout the year.
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Major (And Not So Major) U.S. Holidays
The last two months of each year brings three major holidays to the United States, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. But there are also “almost” holidays immediately before and after, like Black Friday after Thanksgiving Day as well as both Christmas and New Year’s Eves.
These holidays and almost holidays are hectic days at casinos due to their status. Given large casino attendance seen on those 6 days, due to the major marketing efforts of casinos, it’s difficult to pick up stable gambling patterns. Difficult, but possible.
I figured out a reliable gambling pattern by looking back through my gambling records over the last six weeks of a year. Then I applied what I saw to other holidays of the year. For instance, you can use them on other almost-holidays such as Derby Day.
Perhaps you are surprised at just how busy casinos can get on holidays. Yes, it’s usually not so active on Christmas morning, but the casino buffet line can be quite long at dinner. And Black Friday is a busy day for the casino, and not the busiest shopping day of the year.
Hopefully, you won’t be as surprised as I was to discover first-hand how busy any casino, but especially U.S. racinos, on the day when the Kentucky Derby horserace is run. The first time I was at a racino on Derby Day, unbeknownst to me at the time, I arrived early one year at the Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino just east of Des Moines, Iowa. As the morning and then afternoon went on, I began noticing how incredibly busy it was.
Plus, what was up with all the fabulous hats? Wearing great hats is a Derby Day tradition if you didn’t already know. Do you have your fabulous hat? I certainly hope it’s got a big feather!
A Special Type of Casino Special Events: Holidays
Do you know about my Special Event Promotions slots winning strategy? This strategy is similar, but on is triggered by holidays. Holidays could be thought of as special, special event promotions.
As with special events, the best time I’ve found for these winning occasions are between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. after a casino has had a large crowd the night before. When I’ve come in the morning after such days between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., the effect doesn’t seem to exist still.
The reason these two strategies are separate is because holidays are nationwide rather than local events. Special events are something the casino dreams up. Holidays celebrations are expected. For full details, visit Using Special Event Promotions to Win at Your Casino.
Winning Early in the Morning
Holidays casino events include a hidden advantage, which results in improved slots gambling performance. But there is a downside: Having to visit the casino VERY early in the morning. But perhaps you don’t mind that difficult?
The most reliable holiday pattern I discerned from my slots gambling records come after the crowds had mostly gone home, say around 4 a.m. or 5 a.m. the morning day. This observation means attending the mornings after major holidays and the mornings after almost holidays like Black Friday or Derby Day.
Casinos give out jackpots on busy nights because, well, it’s a busy night. But there aren’t as many jackpots given out as needed. Casinos avoid the risk of giving out too many jackpots and overshoot their financial profit target.
Given such large crowds the casino was likely doing quite well in terms of revenue. Paying out a few less, or even a lot less, jackpots would hardly negatively impact the tremendous amount of revenue pouring in.
What I’ve seen is casinos keep giving out jackpots even after the crowds had gone home. By 6 a.m., they’d stop doing that. When I go in early after a big night at one of my local casinos, I pick up one or more hand pay jackpots at little expense.
On the morning of Thanksgiving Day, I won three taxable jackpots. At the time, I wasn’t tracking special events, so I do not have a record as to whether a special event was held that Wednesday. But knowing how casino marketing operate, I suspect they most certainly did.
If they did not, then it would have been a missed opportunity for their business. I won none the following day, on Black Friday, but my records show that I didn’t come in early. But just before Christmas, an amazing thing happened.
My Largest Taxable Jackpot
I won my largest taxable jackpot to-date a few days before Christmas Day, for $27,000. This massive jackpot happened at 5:40 a.m. It was second of four taxable jackpots I won between 5 a.m. and 8:40 a.m.
As was my habit when winning taxable jackpots, I preferred being paid in cash. After paying the required state and city income taxes, this $27,000 amounted to $25,353. This hand pay was the first time I won a jackpot worth more than $5,000.
Because I requested cash, I learned three surprising things when the jackpot was paid out:
- The casino slot attendant needed to be accompanied by a floor manager for approving any jackpot of $10,000 or more.
- The casino slot attendant didn’t count out the individual $100 bills into my hand but instead set down a banded bundle of one hundred $100 bills.
- The pockets of my jeans would only hold $20,000, and a mobile phone, without any $100 bills peeking out.
I suggest stopped at 6 a.m., right? And do you know who I learned that? I took one for the team, as they say.
How do I know now that I should have stopped at 6 a.m. instead of 8:40 a.m.? Because I lost far too much bankroll in the two hours and forty minutes after 6 a.m. Yes, I won a third hand pay jackpot then, but it wasn’t profitable given the bankroll spent after 6 a.m.
I returned a few days after that Christmas to win three taxable jackpots over 35 minutes starting 10 minutes after I began playing at 4:45 a.m. on Saturday after a busy Friday night at the casino.
This session was during the weekend between Christmas and New Year’s. I didn’t win any taxable jackpots on the day after but didn’t arrive until 7:45 a.m. that morning.
Summary of Holiday Strategy
Keep an excellent financial gambling record, possibly even with observational notes of each casino visit, because it is useful to see trends. With mine, I found a holiday strategy which I just shared with you.
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