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    Sharing an interesting 20 year old story

    About 20 years ago, I was flying out of Vegas airport and sat down near my gate. As I watched the people milling around and playing various machines, I noticed a guy playing a machine. By today's standards it was an older, 3 reel bars and 7's machine that had a max play of 3 quarters in (yes, it took quarters as it was before TITO).

    As I watched, I noticed the machine went triple-bar/bar/double-bar, paying 10 quarters. I watched this repeat about 20 straight times and it piqued my interest. The guy playing was relatively quiet and looked a little worse for wear. I went over and said; "You're my idol, I won't say a word, but it appears you found the fountain of youth of slots.". He looked up and smiled and I asked him how long he has been there.

    His reply - his flight was originally 2 days ago! He estimated he emptied the hopper once an hour and it took $1,000 to fill the hopper. He had tipped the slot attendants to hold his machine if he had to go to the bathroom or had to get food. He also had to purchase a large suitcase to take all the quarters out of the airport. He was also tipping the slot attendants very nicely.

    I had to get on my plane so I never found out how long he stayed there.

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    Randy,
    That is a cool story. I wonder how much he wound up with.
    I remember years ago my husband and I went to Vegas and stayed at Bally's but usually played at Harrah's. We did better on the machines at Harrah's at the time.
    We were not doing very well on the machines so I walked around watching people play. I noticed some people playing a bank of $1 machines. Almost everyone was doing really well on them. I sat down at one of the machines and after a couple of spins hit for $200. My husband came up looking for me and he went to get a tray to put the coins in. By the time he got back I had another $200. He went to cash those in and when he came back I had another $200. I was hitting $200 as fast as he could cash them in. I think I hit for around $1000 in a very short amount of time. We decided to go eat and when we got back to the machines there were a lot of people waiting to play them. Good news travels fast. The machines were still on fire. We wound up taking home the $1000 and we were very happy campers.
    I sure wish the machines were as good today as they seemed to be years ago.
    I hope everyone wins big.
    Good luck to everyone.

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    Hi Randy & Kuda,

    Your stories took me way back to those days and a special day in Atlantic City at Harrah's at the Marina. I had just recently acquired Gambling Fever and was still a rookie in experience.
    Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe, just picked a machine at Random and started to play. It was a 3 wheel dollar machine with variants of 7's on the wheels and a Pull handle to activate each bet. I had gone down there with a neighbor who was playing about 7-8 machines over from me.
    I started winning right from the start and never looked back filling up plastic logo cups with coins and stacking them up on the side of the machine and calling over to my neighbor to bring me more cups !!
    At one point the machine stopped and they had to reload it with more coins. What the hell did I know, I thought this was normal.... I looked at my hands and my palms were dirty with the oxide off the coins and smelled like metal. These cups were the size of a large soda cup at McDonalds and I was running out of room to stack them in and would have to start putting them on the floor.
    A security guard walked by and asked me if I needed help and I said I did. He came back with a large metal cart on wheels and we placed all the cups on it totaling 38 , and he escorted me pushing the cart over to the Cashier.
    Holy Shamoley !! When they finished counting there was $ 1,138.00 showing on the scanner. Unfreaking Believable !!! I gave the security guard $ 50.00 ( quite a tip back then ) for his help and my head was spinning like I was still on a Merry Go Round !!!
    My hands were shaking so bad I knew I couldn't play anymore and my neighbor and I drove home. I gave him $ 50 as well and told him to take his wife out to dinner which he did..
    Thanks for taking me back to that moment many,many,moons ago.

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    The "two days" always reminds me of a gambling addict commercial I saw in Philly. The addict was narrating how sometimes he would in gambling for "two days!!". My friend and I always joke the "two days" line whenever we're asked how much we have been gambling.

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    Good comments so far. I guess we will always wonder if the older reel machines were susceptible to errors like I witnessed in Vegas. I forgot to mention that the person playing "that" machine in Vegas purchased a large rolling suitcase to put all the quarters in. I was always curious if he cashed them there and what would have happened since I doubt the local airport carried that much cash.

    As I got on the plane, 20 minutes later, that machine was still paying 10 quarters for each spin. I did the math on the plane and figured:
    1 spin every 10 seconds generate him a $1.75 profit which becomes 6 spins a minute for a $10.50 profit or over $600/hour. His comment that the hopper had to be refilled about every hour seemed correct. When I left him, he must have had over $20K in wins,,,,,,,, in all quarters. Always wondered how he got home since that surely wasn't fitting in the overhead on the plane or did he just leave the airport and go back to a hotel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy View Post
    Good comments so far. I guess we will always wonder if the older reel machines were susceptible to errors like I witnessed in Vegas. I forgot to mention that the person playing "that" machine in Vegas purchased a large rolling suitcase to put all the quarters in. I was always curious if he cashed them there and what would have happened since I doubt the local airport carried that much cash.

    As I got on the plane, 20 minutes later, that machine was still paying 10 quarters for each spin. I did the math on the plane and figured:
    1 spin every 10 seconds generate him a $1.75 profit which becomes 6 spins a minute for a $10.50 profit or over $600/hour. His comment that the hopper had to be refilled about every hour seemed correct. When I left him, he must have had over $20K in wins,,,,,,,, in all quarters. Always wondered how he got home since that surely wasn't fitting in the overhead on the plane or did he just leave the airport and go back to a hotel.

    There was still a lot of " Silver " quarters in circulation back then, I know I have a very large glass pickle jar filled with them from that era of slot play. A lot of collector dates and mint marks which I've set aside for the kids. It was kind of a 2nd jackpot beyond the original jackpot. Almost all of them switched over to metal tokens shortly after and then to the infamous TITO... It did keep the hands clean though. In my safe deposit box at the bank I have two sealed packs of Cigarettes, a pack of Old Gold Straights and a pack of Lucky Strike which cost $ 1.73 a pack. I quit 30 years ago but held on to them as a reminder of days long past. Alongside of them is a $ 5.00 solid gold piece which I found one early morning laying to the side of the machine I was playing. Obviously someone's Good Luck Charm but not for long.. I contacted security and told them I had found something, but not what it was, and the machine and time I had been playing it. Gave them my contact information and told them to have anyone contact me and I would know if they were the right person. 60 days went by and I never had a response..

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    Great stories.
    Do any of you have any of the Silver Strike coins? My husband and I loved playing the Silver Strike machines. Sometimes we spent a lot of money just to win
    some of the Silver Strike coins. I read somewhere that a couple of downtown Vegas Casinos still have the Silver Strike machines.
    The last time we went to Vegas was about 20 years ago. I am ready to go back.
    Good luck everyone.

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