Do slot machine attendants know which machines are most likely to payout? Will they usually tell you if you ask them?

Slot attendants, and floor mechanics do not know what machines are likely to pay out. The payouts are triggered by a slot machines RNG (random Number generator), and there is no way to know when the next payout will occur, and how big it is.

Some casinos do print a “hot sheet”, which shows which machines are paying out the most, and the staff may share that with you (if their casino prints it, and lets them share). A hot sheet usually shows that the machines with the most play have the most winners – not which machines are “overdue” to release a huge payday for a lucky gambler.

It would be more prudent for a gambler (IMHO) to pay attention to the pay tables on any machine they fancy. As an example, progressive slot machines will only make huge payouts if you bet the maximum ONLY – so it is smart to play progressive machines only with a maximum bet. If you are killing time and want to extend your play by betting smaller amounts, choose a machine that pays out proportionately on any bet.  Or the smaller bet you are willing to wager.

Every play on the slot machine has the same odds of winning – despite our belief system that may believe luck, fate, lucky rabbits feet, and timing are somehow working in our karmic favor.

Even if the slot attendant had a “hunch” that some machines are ready to “hit”, they would not tell you – because they could get fired if you did not win and complained to the floor manager.  It most likely violates their employment agreement as well.  Most would suggest that “people seem to be having good luck over there” implying that you move to some other, more popular,  machines.

Rather than pester the low-paid slot attendants, you would do well to become a “session” gambler, to prevent giving your entire bankroll to one machine – or one table.  For example, if a session gambler is going to wager a total of $500 on a visit to the casino, the gambler can make that 10 $50 “sessions”.  Putting $50 into the machine to start the session, and playing it until:

  • The $50 is gone (start a new session at a different machine)
  • A Jackpot came in for $100 or more (cash out that session and start a new one on the same machine, if you think it’s hot, but put that $100 or more in your winnings pocket). FYI – A slot machine will take back your entire winnings and your bankroll over time; move around a bit.
  • The Big Jackpot came in (call me, I will tell you how to manage it!)

If you happen to meet a regular at the casino, that person can be a goldmine of information (“nobody wins at those machines”) (“people who play the double diamond machine always seem to win big”).  These observations may be coming from a half drunk casino dweller, or an “out on the town” businessman, but the insight may be thought provoking.  Some machines will take your money faster, so it may seem that “no one wins” on those machines.

Slot Machine T-shirts available on eBay

So keep your eyes and ears open, watch your bankroll (sessions), talk to the locals, understand the paytables, and try not to get mad or cry if your not winning; it may not be your lucky day – so try the buffet!

If you take the time to learn and practice discipline in the casino, you will keep your spending in check, limit impulsive bets, and teach yourself to look beyond the machines and take in the ambience.  You might even have fun!

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My Tribute to Burning Man 2018

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This weekend is the start of Burning Man 2018.  I have had a personal fascination with Burning Man, harboring a desire to build an “Art Car” and join the festival in the desert.

The closest I came to Burning Man is the Exhibit at the Renwick Gallery in DC, which had artwork, the continuing story of Burning Man,  and a replica of the Temple – which caught me unaware, as it had an almost mystical feel to it.

Temple room at burning man exhibit, Renwick Gallery, DC
(Link opens to background article on the temple)

This YouTube video may leave you with more questions than answers.
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Burning Man is an experiential Arts festival on a dry lakebed in the Nevada Desert.  the environment is fine dust, heat, and sunshine during the day – and fine dust, chilly, and filled with light at night.  Take a look at the official Burning Man Picture Gallery.

A city is built for a week in the desert, local transportation is mostly by (tricked out) bicycles (so you can find yours)  and “Art Cars” (note:  Art cars have been renamed Mutant Vehicles), Which are built just for  tooling around the city of approximately 70,000 people who come to the festival.  Google has an “unofficial map” of Black rock City and the Playa. The map has pictures of some art installations, and a detailed, zoomable map.

The festival is governed by the 10 principles:

Many participants contribute to the festival, building their exhibits, Art cars, costumes, and more – months or a year in advance of the event.

Many of the costumes are practical as well as inspiring.  Stream punk goggles and masks keep the fine lake dust from choking and blinding participants, and layers of clothing can prevent sunburn or keep “Burners” (BM attendees/participants) warm.

If you are not handy, you can buy Burning man outfits and accessories on Amazon and eBay.

I may not get to burning man any time soon, but my fantasy of building an art car and trekking to the desert is an exciting dream, and I think of ways my bicycle can be tricked out for the festival, and if I would rent an RV – maybe with friends – to get to the Black Rock Desert.

After the finale, everyone takes everything – trash, exhibits, etc. – away, leaving the lake bed as it was when they arrived.

Burning Man

 

 

Which place has the best coffee; Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, or Tim Hortons, or Peets?

This is primarily personal preference; and keep in mind that coffee can vary in flavor just by sitting after brewing for a long time, or if you add sugar, creamer, flavorings, etc. to the coffee.

My personal opinion is to rate Starbucks , Peets, Tim Horton, and dunkin donuts as my #1, 2, 3, and 4 picks, for best coffee of the choices presented.

Peet’s coffee is really good, and I enjoyed Kiva Han in Pittsburgh a lot. If we were in Seattle or Hawaii, all bets are off – Seattle has awesome coffee all over the place, and Kona coffee – especially fresh made while visiting Hawaii, is exceptional.

All of these coffee’s can be brewed at home too – they sell their beans, and you can get a burr type grinder to grind them just before you brew, making a superb cup of coffee.  I even grind beans that go into my keurig single cup machine, using  a special, reusable K cup (links to Amazon site).  (Please don’t hate on me for using a Keurig – it’s convenient and gives me lots of choices when brewing just one cup).

I enjoy a good cup of coffee. Disclaimer: I do own some Starbucks stock.

Add your choice in the comments.

 

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Which big company is most likely to disappear within 5 years?

I am sure that Sears and KMart stores are slowly dying out. They are running out of brands to sell (they already sold the Craftsman name) and have lost their value proposition as America’s leading retail store long ago. Soon they will have nothing left to sell for cash and have to shutter their doors.

GE is in the same boat, but their demise is taking a lot longer.  GE is in a cycle where they are selling assets, and that may lift their stock price, until their next crisis.

This article is a partial list of companies on the “Death Watch”: Great American Companies in Serious Danger of Disappearing Forever

When management can get a bigger payday dismantling the company rather than setting an example and saving it –  any large company in America can be aggressively scuttled using a well known pattern of greedy corporate dismemberment.

I suggest a shot of whiskey with these articles:

Sears may be destroyed from the inside — by Wall Street engineering | The Star

This is how you destroy an American icon – NY Post

Risk and Ruin: Enron and the Culture of American Capitalism (American Business, Politics, and Society), Amazon books

It’s not just Sears:

Will Corporate Greed Destroy Our Healthcare System? – Physicians weekly

But there is hope; look at Marvel:

How corporate greed nearly destroyed Marvel’s superhero empire

How The Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In , by Jim Collins.  Available on amazon books.

I may be a despairing optimist, but it’s hard to be grounded in a world of corporate greed and insanely huge executive compensation. In my investing strategies, I have part of my portfolio relegated to companies I can feel good about owning. It’s time we all found our corporate heroes and support their efforts.

See you at the next Kmart closing (who doesn’t like a bargain).

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Where can I find my favorite slot machine, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”?

The Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Slot machine is a Marilyn Monroe reel machine introduced by IGT.

Here is a description from the World Casino Index:

The Gentlemen Prefer Blondes slot machine is a tribute to the classic 1953 movie featuring the late great Marilyn Monroe. The CrystalDual+ Stepper cabinet is a slot machine with beautiful bright lights, traditional reels and a glowing knob on the handle. This slot machine is easy to spot in the casino with its tall cabinet and bright pink lights. The actual game offer improved celebration features for the modern casino guest. Some technical features include synced lighting and sound and USB chargers for mobile devices.

This 3×3 reel slot machine is available as a single line game or seven line game. The single line slot machine comes in the $1 denomination with a three-credit maximum bet. The seven-line version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is the quarter slot machine with a 5x multiplier.

The Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Slot Machine:

At this time, IGT has not licensed the Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Slot machine for on-line gaming; you will need to find a physical casino that has one on it’s gaming floor.

How to find a specific Slot Machine:

Most casinos have a “Slot Finder” tool on their website, or list all the available slot machines they currently have in operation. Some of the larger casino websites have location maps so you can find them easier.

Since all Casino’s change up their mix of machines, it is always a good idea to ask the slot attendant if they know of the machine you are looking for. If the casino does not have a slot finder, you can call the casino directly and ask if they have that machine on the floor.

Marilyn Monroe is popular in casinos – This is a colorized Silver Strike casino token from the Four Queens casino in Vegas.

Marilyn Monroe casino coins, silver strikes, and more on Ebay

Marilyn Monroe coins and collectibles on Amazon

I hope you find this machine in your local casino!

Best of Luck in and out of the Casino’s!

 

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What kind of driver should I use when golfing, especially for long drives?

Everybody has a different swing in golf. Go to your pro shop or golf shop at the driving range, and try several different drivers. Ask the pro to help you select a club, and get lessons on increasing your drives.

The technology in golf clubs keeps changing. Shaft flex, club head design, grip patterns, and more are giving golfers more forgiving swings and greater range.

Some stores (Dicks sporting goods, Golf galaxy, etc.) have indoor golf simulators, so you can try out a new driver at the shop.  Or you can buy a driver on Amazon or Ebay, where you can save a bit of money.

But you still need to find the club that works best for you. (regardless of your brand preference).

How to drive the golf ball as far as you possibly can, by Ian Hardie, On Amazon

 

And, as the Bridgestone people showed me, the golf balls you use will make a difference too. If your main goal is a long drive, find the ball that gives you more distance. I mention Bridgestone here because they set up at courses and driving ranges, using technology to demonstrate how their different balls affect your play. I prefer a softer ball now.

Bridgestone e6 Soft Golf Balls - 2 Dozen

Bridgestone e6 Soft Golf Balls – 2 Dozen, from Amazon

Golf Balls on Ebay

It’s also a good idea to have an exercise routine for your golf game,  to condition your body for those long hard swings, and reduce fatigue.  Spending 3-4 hours golfing is hard on the body, and you need to be in-shape.  Pro golfers tend to make it look easy – but they are working hard.

Hand Strengtheners, available on Amazon

Golf Swing Trainers, available on Ebay

Use your regular driver and balls as the baseline for your search, and take notes (use a notebook) to record each clubs drive distance, accuracy, and feel.

Best of luck – hit ’em straight and LONG!

(And let me know how you did, and if my advice helped you)!

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How do you calculate the best home mortgage for you?

Mortgages can be tricky – Remember that you have the final decision, not the “mortgage originator” (who works for the bank).  Talk to your accountant and lawyer, and educate yourself on the different types of mortgages that are available.
How to Get Approved for the Best Mortgage Without Sticking a Fork in Your Eye : A Comprehensive Guide for First Time Home Buyers and Home Buyers Getting a Mortgage Since the Mortgage Crisis of 2008
Sometimes there are special programs through the government agencies that you qualify for as well.  Keep in mind that people are frequently told to “get as much mortgage they can qualify for” – and that may last 30 years, but they may go through job loss, illness, or other situations that have to be considered – especially before you sign off on a large monthly payment!
Keep in mind that getting a mortgage is purchasing MONEY to buy a home – Like any major purchase you must be sharp and find the best deal.  FHA rules change all the time too, so always double check with a second lender if your primary one can’t get you the loan you need.
106 Mortgage Secrets All Borrowers Must Learn - But Lenders Don't Tell
Familiarize yourself with “how much mortgage you can afford/need”, mortgage calculators, and interest rates.  Learn the “Lingo” and you will be able to understand the things your mortgage consultant is telling you.  And make sure you understand all the requirements;  lenders ask for a lot of verification (pay stubs, bank records, etc.).
Here’s hoping the mortgage you buy has a wonderful home attached to it!

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The Cozy Coupe – Best Selling car!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe, Justice at the wheel

A classic toy car is being inducted into an auto museum in Cleveland – and it outsold every other car in the U.S. in 2008.

The Cozy Coupe, a plastic cherry-red sports car, allows toddlers to sit on a bench-style seat and poke their legs through to the ground. When they start walking, the car begins to go.

On Saturday, it will take its place next to historically significant automobiles at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum.

The Cozy Coupe sold 457,000 units in 2008, topping the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. In the ’90s, it outsold both the Accord and Ford Taurus.

It would land in the top-20 best-selling models of all time, if considered, having sold more than 10 million units in its 30-year history.

The museum will house one of the first Cozy Coupes to come off the production line in 1979.

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car – from Amazon, or your neighbors freecycle pile!

The Cozy Coupe is made by The Little Tikes Co. in Hudson, Ohio. The proud owner of this model is Justice.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.  Thank you for reading!

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Home Depot can’t copy a car key with a chip – WHAT DO I DO NOW?

Home Depot copies most common household keys (Kwikset, Schlage, etc.), but not programmable chip car keys.

All is not lost!  Car keys with a chip have to be programmed by a machine.  The car dealers do it, and some locksmiths do as well.  Some Sears stores have a key kiosk in their parking lots that do it while you wait.

When you go to a dealer, they usually refuse to guarantee any key they did not sell you (usually at full retail, plus the “programming fee”).  While this is a necessary theft deterrent, it is wretchedly expensive.   There are deals on craigslist and from locksmiths if you shop around – the savings can be significant, so it can be worthwhile!

This blog explains why car keys cost so much to program – from the locksmith point of view.

You can buy the blank, unprogrammed keys on Ebay or Amazon.  Make sure you get the right one for your make and model of car.  Also check your keychain remote, if it is worn or has issues, you can replace and reprogram it at the same time.  (personal note;  mine had the ink worn off the buttons, and the case was worn – so I got a new fob, and moved the battery and circuit board from the old one into the new one.  no reprogramming, and it works like new)!

If you want to reprogram the key  yourself:

You can buy a car key programmer like this one from Amazon for about $100

The programming tool may cost as much as programming the key at the dealer; if this is the case – and you have a few cars in the family fleet – It may pay to get the tool and keep it around.  You will have to learn how it works, and successfully program the key, but the savings on the second key (and every one after that) will make up the cost in a short order.

Most cars today come with two keys and a valet key.  The Valet key does not open the trunk or the glove box, to keep items safe when you have your car parked by an attendant.  If you have only one key, keep this article handy!

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Where do I find info about slot machines?

Slot machines, to me, are lots of fun!  Here are some tips about getting the most info from your slot machines – play as you learn.

I get a lot of good information from Casino City Times – Gaming Gurus  – Frank Scoblette is a good source of information on Slots.  I also Like Casino Gambling Strategy – Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Three Card Poker, Slots, Video Poker – from VegasTripping.com.

One of the hardest disciplines to learn is managing your bankroll, or gambling money.  I would recommend that you learn to be a session gambler. Divide your bankroll into smaller piles.  For example, take a one hundred dollar bill and divide it into 5 $20 dollar sessions.  When you play a machine, only put in one $20 bill, (or one session).  when the $20 is consumed, your session has ended, and you make the decision to switch machines or start a new session.  If you jackpot, cash-out and end that session – put that money in your back pocket, for later.  If you blow all 5 sessions, hang it up – take a break, and see what else you can do at the casino!

Smart Slot Strategies: A mathematical approach to winning slot machine strategies

Don’t be afraid to take a few minutes and review the paytables on the machines;  paytables have a significant impact on your potential winnings.  Progressive slot machines (where a bank of slots contribute to the pool of prize money) usually require a Maximum Bet to get the big prize.  You can bet less, but that means if you roll the winning combination – you may get a small payout or NOTHING.  Other machines may have graduated payouts regardless of your bet; so if you are playing small wagers to extend your play time at the machine, seek out these machines so you don’t miss any winning opportunities!

Keep an eye on the slot machines maximum bet – usually expressed in credits;  wagering 500 credits on a penny machine is $5.00 for that spin of the reels! If your session is $20, that is only 4 spins – if your session is $100, then you have 20 spins.  More spins mean more opportunity to win (or lose).  Many hard core slot machine players feel you have to wager $200 – $300 on a machine, in order to get any significant winnings.  Decide in advance what your gambling budget is, and space it over your time in the casino – then you have an idea what you are willing to spend on gaming, and can strategize the most practical way to meter your wagering.

If you bump into a slot attendant, they may have a “hot sheet” of machines that have the larger payouts on the floor.  Not all casinos distribute or publish this information, and it usually just tells you which machines are played the most, which is why they have the bigger payouts.

 

The Mathematics of Slots: Configurations, Combinations, Probabilities

These books can be very helpful.  Read all you can.  Now that slots are mostly electronic, the math and “gambler psychology” play into how the machines work.  Pay attention to paytables, progressives, and the type of machine you are playing!

 

Best of luck in and out of the casino’s,  -Alan

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