There’s no bad time to win at casino games. When the wins come, any of us would accept them gratefully.
But if you could time your wins on a three-day trip, which would you choose: early wins, so you had extra cash for your getaway, or late wins, so you could be sure the money would be coming home? I asked for input from a group of slot and video poker players.
Anna: Oooooooh, I get a choice? Then I want the money early, please. That way I have a chance to win more.
The best trip I ever had was with my mother and my sister. I only brought $500 for the three nights. We play mostly penny slots, and we’re OK with doing side trips, going for drives, movies, shopping, so I knew I could make it last.
Do you remember the Fort Knox penny slots? Within the first half hour that we were playing, I won one of the progressives for a little more than $800. That took all the pressure off. Now I knew I had plenty to play with, and I put my original $500 in the room safe, not to be touched until we were going home.
It gave me the chance to try a lot of games. My mom always loved the three-reel slots. They weren’t my thing, but I played with her for a while on a dollar game. I won a $5,000 jackpot! That never would have happened if I hadn’t won early. I’d never have played dollars without that extra money.
Bart: There’s a lot to that late wins theory. I’ve seen it from both sides. I was on a day trip to a local casino, and was playing quarter Ten Play Poker, with Double Double Bonus Poker. I was dealt four 4s, so I got that 400-coin payoff 10 times. I didn’t draw the kicker to go with any of them, but still that was $1,000.
Fantastic start, right? Well, it burned a hole right through my pocket. I moved to dollar single-hand games because they had 9-7-5 Double Bonus Poker with a progressive jackpot that was over $6,000. I went for the big win. Instead, I lost most of my winnings back. I stopped myself when I still had $200 over my original bankroll, but still, the whole thing would have been nice.
I liked it a lot better when I went with $200, was mostly losing until I had only $50 left, then draw a royal right before time to go home. Then I took the full, $1,000 home. That works better for me.
Chaz: I had a great streak of late comebacks. One trip, I was down $500 and drew a royal on the last day. The next time, I held my own for most of three days but probably still was down a couple of hundred until the last night. Then I playing Deuces on Triple Play and got four 2s on the deal for $750.
The time after that, I got two royals on the last day and came home with a $1,500 profit. Winning any time is good, but winning late and bringing the money home is fantastic.
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Sally: Early, late, in between. I don’t care. Just give me the money. There are enough trips where the wins never come that any big win is welcome. My biggest? I won $20,000 once on a Double Diamond progressive. It was on the first day of a three-day trip, but I’d have been excited any time it happened.
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