WHEN to Play Slot Machines??

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Brian filming at a casino

Margie Lopez (and numerous other people) asks, “In your opinion and experience do you think there’s a better time of day to play and win at casinos?”

I’m not sure if there has been one question I have been asked more than this one! Nor have I heard more opinions on the matter. All I can offer is my best informed and educated response based on speaking with slot manufacturers and casinos.

  • Morning.
  • Afternoon.
  • Evening.
  • Weekends.
  • Holidays.
  • End of the Month.
  • Beginning of the Month.
  • End of the Quarter.
  • Brian’s Birthday. 

I’ve heard it all, these are the times when you feel a casino is paying or when you feel it is tight. Perhaps the easiest thing to consider is this. If you are a casino and you want to attract people to come, are you going to make some people happy and piss off others based upon when they decide to visit? Probably not.

Secondly, what is the process involved in changing a slot machines payout percentage (the percentage in which a slot machine is designed to pay back to the player)? Many people believe, and use the saying, “they flipped the switch”, meaning they’ve made the slots pay out poorly. Well there is no actual switch I’m sorry to report. There was a movement to make casinos server based, but that went to the wayside years ago.

When I recently visited Scientific Games, I asked them what the process was like. Well you may be surprised to learn that in order to change the payout percentage, a casino must appoint at least 2 employees to go up to a machine, open it up and make adjustments inside. This process takes up to 45 minutes per machine. PER MACHINE. So in Cosmopolitan with around 1300 slots machines, that would take them 975 hours, or 40 days to complete. Or Yaamava’ would take 225 days nonstop, while employing 2-3 employees to complete the task. My guess is that it may not make sense for them to do that.

What they can do instead is move some machines to another area of the casino, which takes a LOT of work and effort to do, but does happen periodically, and then adjust it at that moment if they chose to.

What you need to remember is that Casinos must follow strict laws set out by the government and the gaming commissions that regulate their casinos. They are not about to jeopardize their future on a few slot machines or percentage points.

Now, I can already hear some of you screaming “NOPE, you’re wrong. I always lose when I go there on holidays, and I always win when I go first thing in the morning.” Well, I will just place you in the same category of people who swear that by slapping the button, stopping the reels or touching the screen, it helps their odds. It’s something we believe because we’ve seen it work with our own eyes – but it doesn’t always work. I’ve seen screen rubbers rub that darn screen 20 times before getting a bonus and then think they did that on their own (insert face palm here). If they think so, that’s great. But it’s not based on fact. Just like YOU always winning in the mornings is a true thing, otherwise quit your job and become a full time morning button pusher, haha.

Another theory that I’ll couple into this blog, is the thought that corner slot machines pay out more than others. Well I’ve learned that it is in fact TRUE that corner or end machines do pay out more! The catch – that doesn’t mean they have a higher payout percentage. It just means they are played more. It’s the same as being on an airplane – who wants the middle seat? Not me! The best example of this ringing true for me was when I attended Hard Rock Casino’s grand opening (great video) in Atlantic City. I got to play the slot machines before it was open to the public. All progressive machines started at the base amounts, so you could clearly see that the ones on the ends had higher progressives since they were played more. Therefore it only makes sense that they pay more (often!). 

Based on all of my jackpot wins, they have occurred at all times of days including holidays and weekends. It’s all about timing and it only takes one.

Line it up,


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22 Replies to “WHEN to Play Slot Machines??”

  • Shelley Parson says:

    Thanks for keeping us up date . Love watching you videos. Good luck win big

  • Dawn and Natalie says:

    Brian! Come to Ohio!!!

  • Lynn Mushaney says:

    Anytime, day, night, weekend, or holidays is a great time when your timing is right.

  • Caron Nightingale says:

    I agree that there is no time when the casino tends to pay out, and it’s both funny and a little sad watching people try the most bizarre things and think that they have a system if what they are doing works 1 out of 20 times. But this post was really well written Brian.. as usual :).

    • FlipTheSwitch.com says:

      We agree, Caron! I think there’s some of us who want to feel like we have just the smallest little bit of control, even though in the end it really is all about timing!

  • Sharon C says:

    Do not know if still true… in Iowa to change the payout percentage required a representative of the states gambling commission to be present. One casino I know had person of that description on property part time

    • FlipTheSwitch.com says:

      Hey Sharon – we don’t know about Iowa specifically but that is still a rule in certain markets – it is not as easy to make some changes to the games as some would believe, even in 2024!

  • Tresie Knight says:

    Thanks Brian for your input. I go in the mornings. Not because I think I have a better chance of winning, but there’s less people and I have a better chance of being able to play the machines I like. But I will put the end machine theory to the test! Have a great day!

    • FlipTheSwitch.com says:

      There is something to be said to having your pick of the games in the morning. Thanks for the comment, Tresie!

  • Kristy Ramer says:

    Thank you for the important information. Your the best! Keep up the WINNING!!!

  • Bobby, 82 yr old Teenager says:

    We love your videos. Every nite we, we watch a video before bed.
    I have used your bet raising plan with some success.
    Question, you must get tired of having to play everyday to entertain your audience?
    Thanks for videos and comments.

    • FlipTheSwitch.com says:

      Hey Bobby – thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! While we air videos daily, filming is kept to 2-3 days a week to avoid it having to be done daily. It also ensures other work can get done – there’s a lot that happens behind the scenes every day too! But Brian still has fun playing and filming, fortunately!

  • Shelly says:

    When are you coming to Seminole Coconut Creek?

  • Tina Duffield says:

    Great reading as always. Thank you for all the great information you share with us. Keep spinning and winning.

    • FlipTheSwitch.com says:

      Thanks for reading, and leaving us a comment, Tina! We’re glad you’re finding the information helpful!

  • Valerie says:

    I read all your information and want to believe it, BUT we just got off a cruise and for the first couple of days I won $2600, not one big win but a lot of smaller wins on various machines, but then the last 2 days of the cruise, I spent $600 on various machines and didn’t hit 1 bonus, how can that be?

    • FlipTheSwitch.com says:

      Hey Valerie! If you watch some of Brian’s videos he doesn’t get a single bonus across many machines, spending plenty along the way to get that nothing. Games are sufficiently tough that it’s quite possible to happen. Fortunately it sounds like you brought home some of that $2,600, so hopefully that means you ended up a winner!

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