Don’t be a slave to slot cards!

Mar 12, 2007 3:00 AM

Believe it or not, this week’s topic is regularly a VERY passionate topic in slot club circles. Let’s see why.

Imagine you’re a visiting player who was invited in for two free nights and a couple of buffets. Something like that’s more than enough to rope in players from nearby states all the time. Yet for the player — who’s almost always heading towards Las Vegas with excitement and overwhelming anticipation — it’s never enough.

They want more, they want it now, and they’ll wait in long lines to get it.

Of course, beneath all the anxiety lies the true reason for their displeasure: They lose gambling, and if they’re video poker players that play the casino’s highest percentage games along with all the goodies they’ve used to create a greater than 100% game, they just can’t figure out why.

Then there’s the saga of the locals. They’re usually very loyal to any number of casinos, they enjoy all the tournaments and promotions that get them in to play as often as possible — but they are very demanding in what they expect for free.

Make sense? Of course it does when you understand that most or all of them lose most of the time. After all, the casinos around town aren’t built and maintained by anonymous donations.

I rarely will stand in any slot club line unless it’s to get my free cash for coming in, but when I do I almost always overhear an argument over how the player believes he or she deserves far more than that which their play has earned them.

More often than not, I’ll hear the customer complain that there must have been a glitch in the casino point-collection system, because the player believes they sat and played much longer than they’ve been given credit for.

This is why those who play for the points instead of for the money will never be winning players. Their frame of mind for playing has been totally and irrevocably altered by those who’ve commercialized playing video poker.

Gambling has always been our money against the casinos’ money. But to most that’s been transformed into it being our money against casino freebies and giveaways.

There is a way around all the inevitable problems associated with playing for benefits and giveaways. It’s called playing to win.

If you’re playing to win and actually incorporate a strategy that is capable of winning, everything seems to change. If you doubt it then just think back to your last profitable visit. Did you really care how many points you had accumulated or whether or not you attained the free meal plateau?

Of course not! Since you could buy whatever meals you wanted anyway with the profits, why would anyone want to see if they could push their benefits earnings past the casino limits?

Certainly, winning makes it all the much easier to deal with, but unfortunately you lose most of the time so that feeling — however enjoyable and euphoric — never lasts. Which makes it all the more reason to make the most of it.

But players usually don’t. One could win tens of thousands of dollars on one visit then lose a thousand on the next, and all they can recall is what’s going on right now.

Quite frankly, I know what it’s like to be so excited to go in and play while feeling special because you’re made to feel that way by the casino host — and then lose all your bankroll. I know what it’s like to drive home stunned into reality time after time after time.

I also know that playing for points, slot club status, gifts and freebies is what losers do. Winning does create a whole new vision for players who want to win.