Introduction to Reliable Holiday Patterns
You’re never guaranteed a taxable jackpot, no matter what you do. You are simply trying to improve your winning odds here and there as the opportunities, such as reliable holiday patterns, present themselves.
All careful players are trying to do is choose times when their odds of winning are slightly improved, thereby moving the dial on their personal payout return percentage from around the low 90% to slightly over 100% – which is when making a gambling profit happens.
Again, making money, rather than losing money, is the intent here. Whether your goal is to spend this money on your own entertainment, earning more comps, or taking it home is entirely up to you.
By using your own gambling records, the time around holidays can offer a winning opportunity you can take advantage of yourself. It may take you a year to learn how the casinos you frequent on holidays are set up to financially respond to holiday crowds.
But, in lieu of you having your own gambling records for holidays, I am offering you the reliable holiday patterns I’ve discovered over the last few years at my own nearby casinos.
This article has the following sections:
- Introduction to Reliable Holiday Patterns (Winning Strategy 5);
- Major (And Not So Major) U.S. Holidays … at Casinos;
- Data Mining Your Gambling Records for Holiday Wins;
- A Special Type of Casino Special Events: Holidays;
- Winning Early in the Morning the Day After Holidays; and
- My Largest Taxable Jackpot So Far; and
- Summary of Reliable Holiday Patterns (Winning Strategy 5).
Major (And Not So Major) U.S. Holidays … at Casinos
The last two months of each year brings three major holidays to the United States, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. There are also so-called “almost” holidays immediately before and after, like Black Friday after Thanksgiving Day as well as Christmas and New Year’s Eves.
Certainly these holidays and almost holidays are very busy days at casinos due to their holiday status. Given the frankly tremendous casino attendance usually seen on each of those 6 days, it was relatively difficult to pick up stable gambling patterns.
But, I did learn a few reliable holiday patterns. These patterns can be applied to the other holidays of the year. Further, you can apply them to other almost holidays such as Derby Day.
Perhaps you are surprised at just how busy casinos can get on holidays. It’s usually not so busy on Christmas morning, but the casino buffet line can be quite long at dinner.
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 casino on Derby Day, unbeknownst to me at the time, I remember arriving early one year at the Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino just east of Des Moines, Iowa. After a while, I began noticing how incredibly busy it was.
Plus, what was up with all the great hats?? The great hats are a Derby Day tradition, if you didn’t already know. Do you have your own great hat? I certainly hope it’s got a big feather!
Data Mining Your Gambling Records for Holiday Wins
Looking back through my financial gambling records, I can say that I have indeed won an individual taxable jackpot on a major holiday or on its associated “Eve” or “After” day.
On the morning of Thanksgiving Day, only a few years ago, I won three taxable jackpots playing slot machines. These jackpots were for $2,500, $2,400, and $1,600. These jackpots were won at 3:35 a.m., 4:00 a.m., and 12:01 p.m., respectively.
Unfortunately, my gambling records from that time are not as complete as they would eventually become, as that holiday was less than 2 weeks after my return to gambling after having been away for almost 10 years.
Going further with my later gambling records, I can see that, based on non-taxable jackpots earned and amount of bankroll cycling that collectively occurred on holidays, it is an excellent time to attend a casino between these major holidays.
I’ll mention at this point that keeping good gambling records is well worth doing. It is, of course, great for preparing for filing your annual income tax returns. But it is also excellent for analyzing just such gambling performance for the casinos near you.
For example, did you go to the casino last year on New Year’s Eve? How did you do and, based on your own gambling records, what should you do this next New Year’s Eve?
For those interested in more details on gambling record keeping for slots enthusiasts, see Keeping Gambling Records for Tax Preparation and More.
A Special Type of Casino Special Events: Holidays
The reliable holiday pattern is, in some ways, similar to my previous discernible winning pattern regarding special events. I mentioned this in my slots winning strategy 4, which is all about the winning advantages of casino special events.
With special events, I’ve won many taxable jackpots when attending casinos not long after the large crowd from the night before have left but before the new day has quite begun.
This winning strategy can also be applied by treating major holidays as another casino special event. In case you haven’t already learned about the casino special events winning strategy, I’ll briefly go over it. For full details, visit Special Events Winning Strategies (Winning Strategy 4).
As with special events, the best time I’ve found for these winning occasions are between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. in the morning 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 still exist.
Winning Early in the Morning the Day After Holidays
Casino special events such as holidays include a hidden advantage, which results in an improved slots gambling performance. But, there is a downside: Having to visit the casino VERY early in the morning.
The most reliable pattern I discerned was to come in after the crowds had mostly gone home, say around 4 a.m. or 5 a.m. the next day. This means attending the mornings after major holidays and the mornings after almost holidays like Saturday morning after Black Friday or any casino on the day after the Kentucky Derby.
What I’d noticed was that the casino wanted to give out jackpots to keep individuals in the crowd happy by winning jackpots, or seeing others win jackpots.
As I’ve explained in detail in Winning Strategy 4, given such large crowds the casino was likely doing quite well in terms of revenue, so paying out a few, or even a lot of, jackpots would hardly negatively impact the correspondingly huge amount of revenue coming in.
However, it seemed as though the casino kept giving out jackpots even after the crowds had gone home. By 8 a.m. or most certainly by 10 a.m. the next morning, they’d generally stop doing that. But, when I went in early after a big night for the casino, I could generally pick up one or more taxable 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 or not a special event was held that Wednesday.
Knowing how casinos 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.
My Largest Taxable Jackpot So Far
I won my largest taxable jackpot to date a few days before Christmas Day, for $27,000. This large jackpot happened at 5:40 a.m. It was second of four taxable jackpots I won between starting playing slots at 5 a.m. and finally stopping at 8:40 a.m.
As was my habit when winning taxable jackpots, I liked to get the cash. After paying the required state taxes, this $27,000 amounted to $25,353. This 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 rather sent down a banded bundle of one hundred $100 bills; and
- The pockets of my jeans would only hold $20,000, and a mobile phone, without any $100 bills peeking out.
In the days afterwards, I traveled to see distant family over the Christmas holiday that year – so I have no recorded data for that potential winning opportunity. Mostly, I was just trying to absorb having won 45 taxable jackpots in 42 straight days over a total of 18 casino visits.
I returned a few days afterward that Christmas to win three taxable jackpots over a period of 35 minutes starting 10 minutes after I began playing at 4:45 a.m. on Saturday morning after a busy Friday night at the casino.
This was during the weekend between Christmas and New Year’s. I didn’t win any taxable jackpots on the day after, on Sunday. But, then again, I had not arrived until 7:45 a.m. that morning.
Summary of Reliable Holiday Patterns
Reliable holiday patterns are a type of casino special event, but worth mentioning as a separate winning strategy. This is because non-holiday casino special events typically have a smaller attendance than seen at most casinos on most major holidays.
Holidays are casino special events, but the winning advantage for holidays is even greater than special events. I guess you could say holidays are special, special events.
Keep a good financial gambling record, possibly even with observational notes of each casino visit, because it is useful in so many different ways. One of these useful ways is they provide the opportunity to find winning strategies in your own gambling patterns.
But, if you don’t keep your own gambling records, then consider the reliable winning patterns I’ve found in my own gambling records.
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