It never ceases to amaze me that when I go out with my friends to the local casino, the first thing they do is make disparaging remarks about all the other players. My friends laugh at them for playing games with a high house advantage or games purely based upon luck. These same friends head to the Blackjack tables to martingale away their mortgages.
I’m not sure what it is about slot machines. While the house always wins, isn’t it true with all games as well? I want to take a moment to defend slots. Here are my top ten arguments why Slots are Awesome.
#1: They’re Simple.. You don’t have to sit and stare at a strategy board every five minutes or make an attempt at card counting. You simply need to spin the reels and pray you get lucky. What if they don’t work? You can spin them again.
#2: There are many different types of slots to choose from. Want to play Blackjack without a twist? You can’t. Blackjack sidebets, such as “40-1”, give you two jacks instead of one. You can play slot machines that offer bonus games, progressive jackpots and classic slots as well as video slots. You’ll be surprised at what you can do with this slot machine! No strategy required. You can simply leave one slot machine and move on to the next. Simply spin and sit back.
3: You can place as much or as little money as you like. Table games usually have a minimum stake. Not so at slots. There are two options when it comes to slots: you can either play at a high-roller machine with a $1000 per spin or you can gamble just one cent per round at a penny machine. Slots accept players with all types of bankrolls.
#4: Progressive Jackpots. Yes, there are progressive jackpots in some table games, but not in the same way as those found on slot machines. It is nearly impossible to find slot machines without progressive jackpots.
#4: A split second can make a difference in your life. Roulette is the only way that your life can be changed. Take everything you have and wager it all in one spin. It’s possible to play the slots exactly as you would normally, and then suddenly you have just won $200k.
#6. You won’t get stabbed at night by a fellow slot player. That person screaming in your ears is the one you don’t want to meet at the casino. You can hit the nudge butt accidentally in slot machines. The people next to will not notice.
7: It’s relaxing. The slot machine is a very relaxing game. You can enjoy a relaxing time watching the boxing or just sitting back and spinning the reels. Watch boxing and play craps.
#8. Great rewards. You can play at both a blackjack table and a slot machine, and see which one gives the best comps. Players who play at slots get the most comps of any casino player.
#9 It’s fast. You don’t have to wait for any other players. No need to wait for the wheel spins or for the dealer pay everyone. Continue spinning the wheel at your own speed or slowest, then get up and move on.
#10 It’s a lot of fun. They are noisy. They’re also very bright. With flashing lights. Cool icons. Slots are great fun. It is amazing to see those two BAR icons line up perfectly before seeing the one BAR symbol in the third columns appear just short of the payline. Then, look down and realize there’s one more nudge.
It’s the stuff of dreams.
Do not make negative comments about the players of slots next time that you are in a casino. Instead, just sit down and give them a few spins.
It could be that you just love it.