Introduction to Win, Walk Away, Return Later
This winning strategy 7: Win, Walk Away, Return Later has been my mainstay. I’ve depended on it when earning the most taxable jackpots. As with other winning strategies, whether or not it works isn’t about how lucky you are. Rather, it is based on how a specific casino has set up thei operating system to run their slot machines.
As I’ve mentioned in the past, I cannot give you more luck. Luck is completely random. Luck isn’t something either you or I have control over. I can’t make you any more lucky by simply wishing it were so. However, what I can provide is an edge by explaining the actions casinos get to choose from when setting up their system of slot machines.
Also as previously discussed, casinos have a selection of possible set ups thanks to their new casino operating systems. These rather expensive new systems, which includes a central computer to which every slot machine is connected and controlled, provide casinos with three financial advantages:
- Being able to handle larger and larger casino crowds.
- Having the opportunity to tune their financial performance metrics daily or multiple times per day.
- Reducing their slot mechanic workforce who’d previously changed slot machine odds of winning by opening and physically adjusting each machine, one-by-one.
With this winning strategy 7, I will discuss the winning pattern I recognized and used extensively at one casino which had, whether they realized it or not, been set up in such a way that allowed an observant slots player to win more often than otherwise.
This article has the following sections:
- Personally, My Most Successful Winning Strategy
- What Might You Accomplish with this Winning Strategy?
- How to Implement Winning Strategy 7
- Why Does This Strategy Work at All?
- Finding a Slot Machine with Improved Odds of Winning
- Known Disadvantages of Winning Strategy 7
- Does this Strategy Work at Your Casino?
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Personally, My Most Successful Winning Strategy
My Win, Walk Away, Return Later winning strategy 7 has been, for me personally, my most successful strategy. It’s what I’ve employed to win the most number of jackpots if not the most amount of profit. With it, I also used it to cycle bankrolls again and again to earn more players club points to advance in tier levels all the way to the top tier. Twice.
Because this was my most used personal winning strategy, I need to tell you what my own gambling goals were at the time. Now, of course, my gambling goal is centered around being of service to you. Now, I gamble to learn and, then, explain.
But, back when I was using this winning strategy 7, my gambling goal was three-fold. Yes, from almost the beginning I wanted to learn. Then, if I could learn enough to actually be useful, I’d still have to figure out how to explain it to someone else, maybe a lot of someone else’s.
My other gambling goals at the time also started with wanting to make money, a profit. Not much later, I added wanting to maximize complimentary gifts. So, my gambling goals of the day were:
- Making money.
- Earning comps.
To accomplish these three equal goals, all I did was play high limit slot machines. These were typically 2-credit, $10-denomination and 3- or 5-credit, $5-denomination slot machines. I usually played only a few specific slot machines, as its easier to apply this winning strategy to a limited number of machines – as I explain momentarily.
The slot machine game theme I played the most was a row of Wheel of Fortune slot machines from IGT. I wish I could be more specific about which WOF slot machines I was playing.
It would be months before I uncovered just how many different WOF games existed. At the moment, for example, IGT has a webpage showing 53 different versions of their WOF game theme. Of those machines I played, I only remember credits, denominations, and how many reels they had. It also had big wheel on top. Again, that’s not very specific.
So, winning strategy 7 was my most successful winning strategy where winning meant I was learning while earning both a profit and players club reward points for all the best comps.
What Might You Accomplish with this Winning Strategy?
Why is this important? Specifically, why are my gambling goals important to you? Because, now, you have a better idea of what I was trying to accomplish. To make take-home money, I decided I needed taxable jackpots from high limit slot machines.
To earn players rewards credits, and thereby earn an assortment of food, travel, event, and hand-carry gifts, I needed to be able to cycle bankrolls.
It’s been awhile since I’ve mentioned this, but there’s more than one kind of winning slot machine. Sometimes, it’s more obvious than others. It’s typically obvious when someone wins a taxable jackpot, but it’s not obvious if the player is making a profit.
Or, if that player is only playing one slot machine for a long period, whether or not that slot machine has relatively high odds of winning within the time he or she is playing.
What is even less obvious is whether someone spending a long time playing a single slot machine is cycling bankrolls. This can be done while winning taxable jackpots, of course.
But, a series of jackpots under the $1,200 taxable limit can also go relatively unnoticed by most observers if the player immediately cancels the distinct sequence of lights and sounds from a jackpot roll up.
To not draw undue attention, I always canceled the roll-up. Do you? I know it’s fun to let the lights and sounds play. It’s very gratifying, in its way. But, for me, it wasted time. I’d rather be playing while the playing was good.
So, with this winning strategy, winning for me meant a combination of taxable jackpots as well as cycling bankrolls. It also meant both, if I could have both at once. Having both at once, which did happen, was an especially winning slot machine. But, having either one alone was, too.
For you to use this winning strategy, you’ll need to know your own gambling goals. If you want taxable jackpots, then you want a slot machine that provides them. If you want comps, then you only need a slot machine that cycles bankrolls.
High limit slot machines are not necessary when implementing this winning strategy. Not at all. Don’t feel like you need to place bets on high limit slots because I did. I’ve only mentioned them here as this is primarily where my experience lies when implementing it for myself.
How to Implement Winning Strategy 7
As I mentioned, at the time I was implementing winning strategy 7 I had three gambling goals. I’ve already mentioned making money and earning comps. But what about my learning goal?
My learning goal is to both learn what works, how it works, and then explain it to others in as clear and concise manner as I can manage. And, that learning goal all started with winning strategy 7.
While I’ve mentioned this winning strategy is the last in this series, I actually learned it first. As such, I decided from the very beginning that, of all the winning strategies I might learn, this is the one I would give away for free. And, so I have – from the beginning.
When anyone asked how I was a top tier status player, how I’d gotten that free comp, why I was on that cruise, or how I was winning so many jackpots during a single session, I would tell them exactly what I was doing as my best slot machine gambling advice.
Here it is.
After winning a decent sized jackpot, go home. Go home, then come back one week later to play the exact same machine starting about 5-10 minutes before the time when the prior jackpot was originally won the week before.
Be aware that this advice doesn’t necessarily apply on days of special events, such as holidays or other special casino events. Examples when this strategy might not perform well include banking holidays, major sporting events, or even when an unusually large promotional event is taking place at the casino.
On those less than usual days at a casino, I’d instead recommend you consider implementing either Winning Strategy 4: Special Events Winning Advantages or Winning Strategy 5: Reliable Holiday Patterns.
However, this gambling “rule” actually does apply for events exactly one week apart. For example, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are, from the point of view of implementing winning strategy 7, very similar. Relatively similar casino conditions, that is the to say the overall level of activity, tends to exist on both of these days.
For that specific winning slot machine and for whatever reason in fact exists for it to be a winner, that time of day on that day of the week had a higher than usual odds of winning a jackpot – so play it again at that time on that day of the week, to see if the reason it was happening in the first instance is still in effect.
Why Does This Strategy Work at All?
A good question to ask is why this strategy works at all. Here’s my reasoning for why.
As we know now occurs at newer casinos, their owners have installed an operating system which includes a central computer to control the odds of winning on each slot machines.
Whatever specific details are involved, the intent of this central computer is to adjust the odds as needed to meet the casino’s financial performance metrics, some of which are legally required within their gaming jurisdiction.
And, that’s it. That’s my reasoning. From a financial perspective, casino operators are adjusting the odds on their slots depending on how their day is going. As interesting as it may be from an academic point of view, we don’t need to know what exactly they are adjusting for or even how they are doing financially for the day.
Just knowing that the slot machines are indeed being adjusted so often means our task is, instead, to go out and find those specific slot machines adjusted to have the best odds of winning at particular times of day on particular days of the week.
This winning strategy is, using a higher level explanation, all about rhythm. It takes advantage of the casino’s rhythm. As most gamblers know, every day of the week has a different feel at casinos.
Monday’s at a casino are a little bit different from Tuesdays. And Tuesdays are a little bit different from Wednesdays. But, Fridays are different from all other weekdays. And, Saturdays are not like Sundays, yet both are different from any weekday.
What you are feeling each day is real. Casinos have an operating rhythm, based on many events we don’t have to understand. This winning strategy works to sync your slots gambling sessions into that rhythm. It attempts to exploit it, to anticipate seeing it recur the next week at the same time on the same slot machine.
Finding a Slot Machine with Improved Odds of Winning
So, how do we go about doing that? Here’s a few ways to find the specific day(s) and time(s) when a specific slot machine has improved odds of winning.
Since many of the gamblers I speak with often have decades more gambling experience than I currently have, I usually just get straight to the heart of what I have to offer during get-to-know-you conversations with accomplished gamblers.
I explain that, yes, I have one thing to say that I share during conversations like this, which is this winning strategy 7. I also say that I should probably find something else to share that isn’t quite so powerful a gambling strategy.
These are gamblers who already understand the process for winning jackpots resulting in a W-2G tax form. So, I tell them to look at their own jackpot receipts for the slot machine serial number along with the date and time of the jackpot they themselves received.
What I am telling them is that the day of the week and the time of that particular jackpot for that specific slot machine is a good time to play that machine with improved odds of winning.
Most of the time, just to repeat for emphasis, the cause of that particular time being a good time period doesn’t really matter – it just is – and your own gambling records are capable of showing it is a good time and place.
So, I say, use your own information!
Another way to determine which specific slot machine has a specific day and time where it has improved odds of winning is to simply win a jackpot. You may already be doing this right now.
Since you’re playing it, you already like that machine. And, obviously, you’re available to be at the casino at that time and day of the week. So, why wouldn’t you make an effort to play it again one week after winning a jackpot, perhaps starting 5-10 minutes earlier?
When winning a jackpot, whether it is taxable or not, make a note of the date, time, and serial number to know when to return to play that same machine a week later.
The intent here is to play through the same time of day, on the same day of the week and same slot machine, as when you’re previously won. but perhaps starting a few minutes earlier.
However, if you don’t have a history of playing at a particular casino, how might you go about implementing it? How do you find those slot machines paying out jackpots?
Remember, you’re looking for slot machines having either relatively large winnings or a bankroll cycling machine where many smaller jackpots let their players maintain a near constant bankroll for long periods of time.
How do you find a slot machine with improved odds of winning? Well, take a seat and watch. Frankly, the precise times and specific slot machines that are showing a winning jackpot don’t have to be yours.
I’ve always wondered if, after one of my many recorded jackpots, I would return to find someone familiar sitting at that slot machine and playing it through the “good” time period I’d uncovered – and, perhaps foolishly, previously told them about.
This was of especial concern to me since this was the one strategy I’d shared in many conversations with my fellow gamblers. However, I never saw it happen, perhaps because of my habit of gambling at odd times of the day.
Known Disadvantages of Winning Strategy 7
First off, I don’t want you get in trouble. I don’t want you to get in trouble financially or, well, legally. As always, don’t ever take any money to a casino which you are not able to easily afford to lose. That’s always my gambling rule number 1.
Second, this winning strategy is problematic, it simply cannot work, if you’re not going to be at that casino a week later. Maybe you’re vacationing. Maybe you’re traveling for work.
Whatever the case may be, sometimes you won’t be around a week later. As I found out for myself, so much for trying this winning strategy during your annual, 4-day, Seven Stars comp’d trip to Las Vegas.
A more subtle potential issue to be very, very careful about is this. A requirement of this winning strategy 7 is to record possibly many specific times, days, and slot machines into some sort of calendar.
If you are going to be doing this at a casino, you’ll need to use a pen or pencil along with a piece of paper for this. DON’T USE YOUR SMART PHONE TO TAKE NOTES WHILE IN A CASINO!
Using an electronic device as a gambling tool, which is what you’d be being doing if you use your smart phone to record these times, days, and slot machine on one while you’re at a casino. In most states, using an electronic device as a gambling tool is a felony.
Please take this concern very seriously. Casinos don’t mess around with what they and their state gaming regulations consider cheating. For example, in the news lately Charles Oakley formerly a Knick’s team member, was arrested for cheating.
Never give a casino a reason, whether it seems reasonable or not, to think you are a cheater. I really should make this my gambling rule number 2.
Another less serious disadvantage of this strategy is that it also applies to smaller jackpots, but these are more difficult to efficiently record. Most of the time these lower limit slot machines don’t pay out taxable jackpots.
Instead, any winnings tend to be smaller. So, it’s more likely a low-limit winning slot machine will simply be cycling bankrolls where the bankroll being used never quite gets spent – sometimes for hours on end.
If a player’s gambling goal is to increase players club points, then picking times, days and specific slot machines when bankroll cycling has occurred a week or two before is useful.
Players can accumulate those points for complimentary gifts. Or, to eventually advance to the next player tier with that tier’s own set of complimentary gifts now available to the player simply for having advanced.
You know when your own bankroll is cycling. But, originally finding a winning slot machines is not exactly what this winning strategy is about. It’s mostly about what to do when you have found a winning slot machine.
But, let’s discuss finding a winning slot machine when, getting started, you don’t know of any. You can visit the high limit slots area, and wait for a slot attendant to service a taxable jackpot. But, finding a winning slot machine which is also low limit can be a little more difficult.
For low limit slot machines, you’ll need to be more observant than really needed in a high limit area. First, find the area of the casino with slot machine denominations for which you are comfortable having a bankroll for.
Next, watch for any player not immediately cancelling their roll up, that sequence of lights and sounds which automatically occur after any jackpot unless cancelled quickly by the player pressing another button on the machine’s console.
That’s potentially a low limit slot machine with improved odds of winning. I’d recommend watching it for a while to see if that one roll-up was a singular event, or if it’s one of many. If it was one of many, you can decide for yourself if coming back to it a week later would be worthwhile.
If you know to watch for it, but only if you know to watch for it, someone who always immediately cancels their roll up is rather obvious. At least, I always thought it was obvious whenever I did it. You’ll have to watch the reels, of course, or you may miss seeing the jackpot.
Plus, it can be hard to immediately stop the roll up. By mistake, sometimes, the first little Bing sound or light flash gets out. Listen and watch for that, too.
Does this Strategy Work at Your Casino?
To touch again on the reason for “good” or “bad” time periods to play a specific slot machine, this time somewhat deeper, there are several possibilities.
Some of the likely reasons have already been discussed in detail, such as during and the morning after special events including various holidays, giveaways, and local sporting events.
Other reasons for these “good” and “bad” time periods is based on the casino operators being in near full control of their financial returns, with the possible exception of having immediate, to the second, real-time knowledge.
Such reasons can sometimes be discerned by a savvy gambler that spends hours of time several days of the week at a casino. Other reasons, however, are not a matter of public knowledge, i.e., company proprietary to the corporate officers of the casino operator.
Is attendance less than usual? If so, that’s cause for the casino operator to set up more “bad” time periods. Similarly, the reverse is true regarding higher than normal attendance. Other questions are:
- How is the overall economy going?
- Has there been a sudden downturn in the stock price of the casino operator? Or, a sharp up-swing in its stock price?
- Has there been a scandal?
- The beginning of bankruptcy proceedings?
- Is the casino operator about to undergo a change in ownership, or an important change in the ratio of its owners ownership percentages?
- Is it April, when the gambling “season” typically starts?
- Is the casino new or been recently heavily renovated, and trying to establish a good reputation with potential patrons within its first year?
- Is the end of the financial month, quarter or year approaching and the planned financial revenues appear to be falling short? Or, perhaps exceeding expectations?
If you have extensive business skills, then you quite likely can distinguish between good and bad time periods simply due to your professional business acumen. To them, I offer my sincere appreciation of their skills.
For the rest of us, let’s take a step back for a moment and look at the big picture. It doesn’t really matter why a casino does this, just whether or not they do it. A good analogy here is a slot machine’s random number generator.
Somewhere in the casino but more likely at slot machine manufacturers, who also supply new casino operating systems, someone knows what the odds of winning are. They know the timing, the details, the everything about what makes that slot machine win.
But, like knowing the inner workings of a casino business, we don’t have access to the circuit board designs for modern slot machines. It’s simply not available to us. And, even if we had either, it’d probably be illegal to share.
So, let’s not go that insider route because, well, we can’t. Instead, let’s look for patterns. Humans are good at pattern recognition. That’s what we’re really good at, when all else is said and done. So, as experts in pattern recognition, let’s take that approach.
Whether this strategy works at your local casino, or a casino you might visit, is up to you to find out. Further, I heartily recommend not doing any more slots gambling than you are already doing.
What I am recommending is a way to pick a slot machine to play when you do gamble. It may take some small amount of effort to simply observe over a few visits to a casino. It may also take some careful record keeping, some notes with pen and paper, to make this work.
Summary of Win, Walk Away, Return Later (Winning Strategy 7)
This winning strategy 7: Win, Walk Away, Return Later is the last article planned in this series of 7 winning slots strategies. With it, a savvy slots enthusiasts such as yourself can take advantage of casinos that have set up their slot machines to perform this way.
Naturally, a casino wouldn’t knowingly set up their slot machines to be winners, but my best understanding is that this winning strategy is invisible to them.
Why? Because it’s a less-than-obvious consequence of their using new casino operating systems to automate slot machines odds of winning to, in part, meet their daily performance metrics.
Will casinos ever notice this winning strategy, and take steps to eliminate it? Maybe. Maybe not. Casinos get such large financial advantages from using these operating systems that, from a business perspective, it would be a very difficult financial advantage to give up. It might well be impossible for them to do so..
But, it doesn’t have to be deliberate stoppage of our winning with this strategy. What I’ve found is, at my local casino where I once extensively used this strategy, it disappeared overnight when that casino underwent a significant ownership change.
So, as usual with all my winning strategies, observe first. Look for what works. Don’t spend any more than you were going to spend anyway. And, if you find something that works, tell me. Kidding!
Seriously, if you find something that works, keep a close eye on it. Ride it while it lasts, but expect change to eventually happen. Too many of my friends, fellow high limit slots players, weren’t able to adjust their play when overall circumstances changed.
Winning at slots is not entirely about luck anymore. Yes, it’s still a part of the experience. But, now, so is casino-wide, automated operating systems. Learn to take advantage of them, if or when an advantage is (for a while) possible.
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