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    Senior Member brighat's Avatar
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    At least JFK keeps the videos short.

    I'm on a losing streak and my profit has gone from +$400 to +$250 but JFK has given me an idea. Tomorrow, I am only going to play 3-reelers. Lac Leamy still has plenty of them and maybe they can snap me out of this funk. Haven't played Triple Diamond, Bonanza, Triple Double Wild, Times Pay and those other oldies in a long time. I'm burned out on their video slots so perhaps it's a good idea to go old-school for one night.
    Ringo Starr said it best about gambling: It Don't Come Easy.

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    Here is one "YouTuber's" approach...

    First, I'm retired, so this is a bit of a hobby. I enjoy doing "postproduction" work (editing slot videos) about as much as the "production" work (playing the slots). In fact, for every 10 minutes of video you see, there is about one+ hour of "postproduction" you don't see.

    I typically take a $200 budget. A casino visit is often about 5 hours long, or shorter if I lose the $200.

    My expectation is to lose about $100, but hopefully leave with some good "content" (videos). I leave about a quarter of my visits either even or ahead. So, I am not playing to win at the casino, though that is always nice. Instead, I go for "content acquisition" - a very different expectation.

    This year I am using minimum bet sizes of 50c, and just enough to cover all lines and features. This is to "normalize" older slots with newer ones where the average bet size is about 60c. I'd call this low rolling.

    I seek out games I've not played, which is mostly new games and some old ones, plus there are a few favorites like Wicked Winnings.

    My approach is a bit like a documentary. The aim is to entertain and inform. I usually quickly show the rules so people can read them by pausing the video. I add comments about the game and/or session.

    I don't show all the losing sessions, but you do see most of them because I use the "Double, Bonus or Goose" format. I try to "keep it real".

    If a session or set of sessions of a game lasts longer than ten minutes, I try to cut out dead and small spins to get the length down. I occasionally edit shorter sessions, too, particularly if the session is a bust.

    I like Reno/Sparks, Vegas "locals", some San Diego, and some "95% payback" the best; but, lots of local NA casinos in Northern California are played in due to convenience. I typically go about 2 to 4 times a month. I also cover G2E.

    YouTube earnings help pay for "production" costs. In fact, it paid more than that (before taxes) last year.

    YouTube recently changed conditions after losing advertisers because ads were running on bad videos, such as hate speech, terrorists, etc. In Mid-March the ad revenue was cut in half due to advertiser loss and YouTube's tinkering with their filters. It has since partially recovered, but still down from last year. I think YouTube is still tinkering. I don't expect YouTube to cover all "production costs" this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattMaher35 View Post
    She's one of the first people to admit she's way down for her career. I'm pretty sure she says she had one winning year in like 2011 or something similar, and down all the rest. SDGuy, BrentW, VLR and Casinomannj are quick to admit the same too. Heck, SDGuy literally uploads every single thing he tapes, so I bet if you went through just his videos from 2016 you'd be able to count at least a 5K loss in filmed sessions.

    New Englandler, I'm pretty sure I've watched your Wonka 3 reel jackpot 10+ times myself. I actually just watched it again today while writing this post. You're welcome for the 1c, spend it wisely.
    I know of, met, or befriended most of the people mentioned in this post of yours and I agree with you. Unless you hit a mega progressive, after about four years with that kind of play frequency, I have yet to hear someone admit they are "ahead."
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    The "not fun anymore" topic comes up fairly often and the only thing I can say is if the slotting experience isn't fun or enjoyable at least give it a break and during the hiatus you may find another interest that you do enjoy.

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    Every year I take a "winter break" that usually last a few months in the winter to recharge my batteries. I am coming off my break this weekend. The last time I stepped foot in a casino was Christmas night and it about put the worst taste in my mouth that I have ever had. I was supposed to take a trip last month but had to reschedule for this weekend. This is probably the longest break I have been on since I started playing, but I feel refreshed now. I'm ready to see what 2017 has in store for me.

    I can't go all in this weekend since I have to go to a little place called Vegas in two weeks.

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    I definitely have taken a break and it really does help. First of all, hello to some extra padding in my bank account. Very nice. Secondly, it does lessen the urge the more time away that you spend. I finally went back a few days ago after many weeks of not going -- nearly two months actually -- and I was there for less than two hours. And it reminded me that yep ... I need to go a lot less frequently. I so do not miss this feeling of "why did I even bother?"

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    I feel ya casual. I've decided to go less often, planning our first trip this year for a one nighter. I am combining our trips to include other venues, San Francisco, San Diego, New Orleans,visiting family, etc. Also sticking to a lower bankroll.

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