Hitting big casino jackpot provides a rush

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There are no two words either seen or uttered in a casino environment that are more pleasing than “Call Attendant.” It is not even close.

For those unfortunate souls who have never experienced this request or do not understand what I am referring to, these are the words that appear when one hits a jackpot on a gaming machine. It also means the machine cannot be played until a member of a casino’s slot department arrives to reset the machine and pays you!

In addition, you automatically have a partner in this win — Uncle Sam. The proper paperwork will be administered in order to consummate this partnership.

There are also two-word phrases in casinos that are not so pleasing. “Seven-out” in craps or “Twenty-one” as proclaimed by a blackjack dealer as he or she flips over their cards. In roulette, take your pick.  Or how about when someone out of the blue says, “You’re hot” However, let’s not dwell on “mush” terminology.

There are times that I really enjoy playing video poker. It is no secret that this casino activity has been called the “crack cocaine of gambling.” So it really is fitting that Krack occasionally plays this game.

No, I do not approach this form of gaming as I do my job, sports betting. However, I readily admit to partaking in this frivolous activity on occasion.  In other words, I “kibbitz” around with it a bit. The question is, when does the fun wear off and the activity start to get me annoyed?

Now I only play video poker if I am getting some kind of promotion, deal or multiplier. As an example, this past weekend I was invited to a $50,000 blackjack tournament. In order to get invited to this type of tournament, you have to give a certain level of casino play.

Prior to the start time, I find out approximately how many people are going to be in tournament, which in this case was 100. Therefore, if you divide the 100 players by the $50k for the tourney, the break-even would be worth $500 if you had to pay to enter. This now means I will give them approximately $500 in theoretical win while gambling in the casino.

That might sound like a break-even proposition. However, there are certain tournament strategies that I use which give me a slight edge over some of the field. However, that is subject for another article.

Here comes the hardest part of this whole situation, and is really the basis of this article. When I reach my goal of $500 in theoretical, I am supposed to quit, win or lose. This is easier said than done, and is really the reason why slots and video poker, over the long term, just crush people. Really, let’s face it, this is a form of closet gambling. 

Unlike the table games, and even sports betting, where you have interaction with other humans, you can play machines and lose and lose and nobody will know except your conscience, your banker and your casino host.

Let’s talk about a chemical in our brains called endorphins. Not that I am an expert in anything, let alone brain physiology. Yet I do know that when we feel euphoric at times, it is because of these neurotransmitters. I am told that with high endorphin levels, we feel less pain and fewer negative effects of stress.

Many folks say to me the worst thing about video poker is having big wins. Namely, the ultimate jackpot, aka the Royal Flush. You see, if it weren’t for those rare times where those feelings were present during a win, you would not really have a reason to play. Similar to someone who partakes in a certain drug for the first time, gets that initial high,  and therefore, continues to chase that high.

I advise only playing on multiplier days and googling video poker strategies. I also use vpfree2.com for exact locations of the best-paying video poker machines in every jurisdiction.

My advice? Set a goal and stick to it. There are always going to be other opportunities to play the best paying video poker machines at a later point. 

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