Introduction to Why Do Casinos Move Winning Slot Machines?
Have you ever had a favorite slot machine, then one day, you go to your casino to play it, and it’s gone? Moved! And a different slot machine in its place. That’s so annoying! But what if I told you there’s a winning advantage at play here? There is!
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Letting Go of What Doesn’t Matter
You go in, and you make this effort to find this winning slot machine, and you’ve succeeded. And now it’s gone. But is it?
I think you know that your machine has an ID number, particularly if you get hand pays. There are a couple of things to do, but the simplest is to ask a slot attendant where it went. Not that you’ll do yourself any favors by finding it again, as I’ll explain.
Don’t get upset and yell, “Where’s my machine!” You can say, I’m looking for BLANK and then say the name and what denomination or multi-denomination it was because slot attendants can look it up that way.
They can look up all machines. They can call somebody and say, “Where do we have …?” the slot machine you’ve been playing, and they’ll receive a list. Then they’ll direct you to its location.
But this gets to be a bit of a challenge on a more oversized casino floor, like at Hard Rock Tampa, Yaamava’, and WinStar. Having been moved far away is one outcome. And maybe there are several.
Yes, you can find your slot machine. You can ask the slot attendant to find it, especially if you know the machine ID, but it doesn’t matter.
It’s the Location that Matters
I’ve gotten comments about this on my state-by-state Facebook groups and YouTube Channel. Slots enthusiasts have repeatedly discovered their losing machine was moved. But they found where the casino had moved it.
Yet they knew their casino so well that it had replaced winning machines over by the other entrance were winning machines. Their machine got moved from near one casino entrance to another door. It’d been moved from the main entrance to a secondary, smaller access to the casino.
And they knew the machines at both entrances well enough that the machine replaced at the second entrance was winners. But before, they hadn’t been winning on it. At the new location, it was a winner.
Before the move, it was a losing machine. After the move, it became a winning machine. That’s what can happen.
What’s going on? The odds don’t move with the machine. It’s the location that matters.
The machines that replaced the moved machines at the main entrance will be losers because the ones that were moved away were losing. The ones that were winning at the second entrance that got replaced by losing machines from the main entrance will now be winners. Those losing machines are now winners because the poor odds didn’t move with them.
This observation is a variation of my highly visible location strategy. I’m throwing you into the deep end of the pool with the consequence of that strategy. Casinos use a decision-making analysis regarding what works best for them concerning the position of a slot machine.
And it’s something you want to consider. I know it could be your favorite machine. And it got moved.
But the odds don’t move with it. If you are on a machine and are winning on that machine, you worked hard to find it perhaps because it’s over in one section of a highly visible area.
You figured out which of these highly visible machines was the one winner among them, and you’re excited to visit your casino once again to play it, and, oh no, it’s gone. They’d removed it!
It doesn’t change anything. The machine the casino put in place of it is a winner because the one they took away was a winner.
And you could do yourself harm if you look for that machine, find it by asking a slot attendant to put the work into finding it, then find out the machine you had been playing that had been a winner and, what do you know, it’s not anymore.
After a move, please don’t assume it’s still a winner. I don’t want to be unkind, but a lot of slots enthusiasts misunderstand that the odds are tied to a particular game.
So, if they see a row of them, they think the row of machines all have the same odds. But they don’t. Usually, only one of them in that row of machines is the one set with the good odds.
If you stand in front of this row of machines and see one person playing on it, that’s probably the machine that’s the winner because you know when you’re on a winning machine. And so that would be the first machine occupied by the people who know.
The people who take the machines next to it are those who don’t know and think, like, it doesn’t really matter. And that’s most people. But not you.
So, if you’re on a winning machine, the machine that replaced it is also a winning machine. If it replaces a winning machine at its new location, it’ll be a winning machine at that new location. But only if the machine that had been there was a winner.
Player Appeal Doesn’t Matter to Winning
You need to know these things. You need to know your casino well enough to know in advance that they took away those winning machines, too. And, again, change your thinking to the odds didn’t move with the machine.
It’s the location that was assigned the winning odds. The site is a priority to the casino. The winning odds are dependent on the site, not on the machine. This concept is what I’m trying to get into slots enthusiasts’ heads.
I have my 5-spin method. I know it’s popular. It works at one out of four casinos.
And I’m not happy with only one out of four casinos. Yes, it’s easy to understand and easy to use and it’s right there in the name even though it’s about going up to five spins, not five spins.
And then what do you do? Easy. Its title is a very descriptive explanation of that strategy.
But I won a lot more hand pays by using a method that had to do with finding machines that were winners. And one of the ways you can do that is to look for those that are prominently displayed.
If they move, there’s another misunderstanding: when people like games. I mean, Dancing Drums or other games where they’re just like it’s got a pirate theme.
And I always love pirate themes. Or Wonder Woman, excellent! Favorite movies or TV shows, all that. That’s called player appeal.
Once you’re winning, and put in the work to find a winning machine, you don’t want to give it up. But then the casino takes it away. So, what do you do?
That position was where the odds were. Not assigned to the machine but transferred to the location of the machine.
Unless they take out your carousel or your row of slot machines with your favorite machine amongst them and turn it into a café or put up a guard station or that location is now open floor.
But if they replace it with a slot machine, that is still a good slot machine you worked so hard to find. It may not be the game theme that you wanted. But do you want to keep winning or not?
The new slot machine usually has a new game theme they’re trying to determine most popular because there’s this whole player appeal thing, which is not the same thing as making money.
Summary of Why Do Casinos Move Winning Slot Machines?
The casino has moved your favorite slot machine. But it’s not the end of the world.
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