The Inside Scoop to Casinos & Slot Machines

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With an abundance of Blog requests, many of which require short answers, I thought it best to create a blog of responses to the most commonly asked questions!

Q. Do you think playing with or not playing with your players card makes a difference in winning or not ? – Lorie B

A. Always use your card. It has ZERO impact on what lands on the reels. ZERO. 

Q. Security. You are pretty well known in the slot world. What do you do about security when you’re winning? I constantly see people lurking behind watching you play, what happens when you win big? So you have to hire private security to walk you out? Or does the casino supply this, and of so at what cost? P.S. I still believe that you are such a Stellar Human Being.

A. I’m not special, even though my mom tells me so, haha. Anyone who feels unsafe, whether they win a jackpot or not, can always reach out to building security. They will be happy to walk you to your car free of charge. And in case you do win a large sum of money, consider asking the casino to provide you with a check instead of cash. 

Q. “I know I’ve heard you say….it’s “all about timing”. However, what I’d like to know is (1) when a bonus is triggered, is the outcome of the bonus determined at the exact moment you press the spin button to begin the bonus, and, (2) while in bonus free spins…does pressing the spin button to start the next spin without letting it do it on its own alter/change the outcome?” – Donna F

A. I can’t speak for all machines, but consensus from what I’ve gathered from slot manufacturers is that each spin is unique and is run by the RNG (random number generator). So if you stop the reels during a bonus, then you are altering the outcome. Are you altering it for the better or the worse? We’ll never know! For machines with a single wheel spin attached, the outcome is determined as soon as you press SPIN to initiate the wheel spinning. So ask yourself, do you feel lucky? If so, stop those reels. Otherwise, see what the machine has in store for you. 

Q. Online casinos that use real money versus real casinos. – Ken E.

A. Online casinos are regulated just as much as real casinos and are held to the same high standards. Can one payout better than the other? Yes, and online slots often do, at least compared to low denomination slots in a physical casino. The law states how low a payout percentage can be, but it doesn’t say how high they can pay out. Generally speaking though, they will be the same and it all comes down to timing of when you press that button. 

Q. When I watch your videos and you are playing a multi-denomination game, I often wonder how you base your decision on what denomination and how much per bet? – Mary S.

A. Sometimes it’s all about what ‘feels lucky’ to me at the time. But also, with multi-denominations games, if the amount of lines on a game changes when you adjust the denomination, then sometimes so does the payout percentage. So if you’re betting $5 on a penny bet, your odds can ever so slightly increase if you bet $5 on a 10 cent denomination. Just remember that the Mini on pennies may be $10 and on dimes it would be $100 – so the odds of hitting a mini (or other progressive) will decrease if your overall bet remains the same since it’s based on payout percentage solely. 

Q. I like to play more than one machine at a time to see which will give me a bonus . I know you have strong feelings about this , can you tell us why? – Amy J

A. Playing two machines at once does not increase your odds of getting a bonus. If your odds are 1 in 100 that you’ll get a bonus on a game, it doesn’t automatically become 2 in 100 because you’re playing two machines. It becomes 1 in 100 and 1 in 100. Since machines are designed to take our money, you’re basically just asking to lose your money twice as fast. Some people (I believe) choose to play two machines side by side because they don’t  want someone else having a chance at getting the large jackpot. But again, it doesn’t help you. Since it’s all about timing, your neighbor would hit the button at a different micro second as you regardless. I also just find it rude when people snag two machines when I’d like to play it, especially on a  busy night. Most casinos have the rule that you can only play one at a time in fact. 

Q. Does the “ machine” know when free play or added play is being used? – Roxanne D.

A. It does not care whether it is cash or freeplay being added. All it cares about is getting and keeping your money. I’ve won jackpots on freeplay just like I have on cash!

Q.  Does the money Bank a good idea when you want to keep your money you won? – Tiffany N

A. The Winners Bank is one of the best investments you can make. It’s basically guaranteed to make its value back on the first time, provided you follow the rules. If you put $100 into a machine and cash out at $150, take it to the bank machine and put that $50 into your winners bank. It’s now going home with you as a win! Once you get home, use your key to open it up and count all your winnings. Be responsible and leave the key at home and be smart about putting away those wins.

Q. Changing your bet when on a cold streak – Christopher S

A. You can if you like. Machines are not cold or hot, only your timing is!

Q. What makes you keep going? How do you remain excited about gambling, events, and the Rudies? And when your not as excited about an event or overall day, how do you “fake it”? Lol! –  Valerie H

A. Although I was an actor for a long time, I suck at ‘faking it’ haha. I legitimately love gambling, hosting events and meeting people. Hearing stories from my Rudies and others about how my videos have helped them in their lives both at the casino and in their personal lives is what fuels my energy. Sure I may have a ‘down’ day, and the show must go on. But even then, it’s not faking it, i find the energy needed to keep it going. I love my job and I love the fact that I’m able to employ more than 10 other people in the process! 

Q. When you have a short money month, how can one enjoy fifty bucks on slots? What types, betting amounts, duration to stay with a machine? – Ben M

A. When I’m down to $50 in entertainment money at a casino, you have to find the fun in small bets. Even 50 cent bets can eat up your money quick. Games like Dancing Drums allow you to bet as little as 8 cents a spin or even 18 cents a spin. Same for some versions of Mighty Cash. You’d be surprised how much money you can actually win in a bonus on a 18 cent bet!

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4 Replies to “The Inside Scoop to Casinos & Slot Machines”

  • Lynette McNeill says:

    What’s the difference between buffalo link and buffalo cash. I’ve seen it on the machines. They both look the same.

    • FlipTheSwitch.com says:

      Hey Lynette! Usually the word Link denotes that the game’s top progressive (or sometimes multiple progressives) are linked within a bank or multiple banks of machines. In the scenario where the machines aren’t linked, the game will usually use the word “Cash” instead.

  • Sean says:

    I have had so many questions since seeing a slot machine malfunction when you were playing it. It was the Piggy Pennies game and you had landed 6 pigs to start the bonus when it went black. What happened and why? Have you ever had that happen before?

    • FlipTheSwitch.com says:

      Hey Sean – normally when a slot crashes, it reboots and picks right back up where it left off. Unfortunately in the case of Brian’s bonus, the reboot led to another crash, so they were not able to get the game back up and running. They made a cash offer to Brian in lieu of the bonus (which wasn’t necessarily required since, as the story goes, malfunctions void all pays and plays) and since the casino knows how much was in the machine at the time of the spin, they are able to refund that too.

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