Introduction to Professor Slots 2017
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. In Professor Slots 2017, I’ll focus on being an author and gambler. But, for those interested in more about what I’ve been up to, here’s 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.
My goal is 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.
So, you might very well ask: What do I know about slot machine gambling and how did I learn it?
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The Year was 2003
When I first started slot machine gambling in 2003, I knew nothing but a few gambling myths. So, I studied. I observed, thought, and 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!
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.
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.
Jackpots! Many, many jackpots!
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.
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 authoralong with everything else I am.
I quit gambling … sort of.
At that point, I 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.
Comps! Comps, comps, comps!
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.
So, 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.
So, I spent the rest of 2014 and all of 2015 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 early 2016, completed my eBook LEARNING TO WIN: How to Make a Profit at Slot Machine Gambling, then first built and then launched the Professor Slots website at the end of October 2016.
The immediate future of Professor Slots 2017
Now, I’d like to talk about my “Professor Slots” plans for 2017 and beyond. Frankly, I’m just getting started, 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 I’m planning for 2017, including what’s already available:
- I have ~700 posters and tips already scheduled to be posted twice a day for the rest of 2017.
- My email subscription opt-in is a collection of Professor Slots’ free top 25 winning tips. I’ll shortly be replacing that opt-in offer with a free 30-page e-Book guide.
- Next up is another book specifically designed for casual gamblers, which I’m calling “Slot Machine Gambling as Entertainment: How to Get the Most Out of Casual Gambling”. It’s currently about half written, and should be available by mid-2017. I’m considering putting it up on Amazon as both a digital book as well as a hardcopy version that can be printed on demand.
- At the same time, I’ve started video recording Vlogs for my YouTube channel, Podcasts for iTunes, and Blog articles for this website. I need to complete a couple of month’s worth of each before launching any, but they should start coming out around mid-2017, also.
- My final planned goal for 2017 is to put together a video course on how can optimize their slot machine gambling performance for maximum profits via careful application of my techniques.
- In 2018, if all goes well, I’m planning to:
- build a closed community
- book paid speaking engagements at casinos
- provide personal coaching
Summary of What To Expect from Jon Friedl – Professor Slots 2017
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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