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A winning Trip!

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Ben Jammin, Sep 8, 2013.

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  1. Ben Jammin

    Ben Jammin VIP Whale

    Oct 21, 2008
    Trips to Las Vegas:

    My Trip Report

    Yes I won, I won I won the money!

    And so did my wife. I finally convinced her to accept small victories and walk while she's ahead. That's a tough one, but it paid off.

    Even before we left for Vegas I said " Honey, what bugs me the most is the fact that you win a nice jackpot, but then put it all back in. Then I have to hear you complain about it later, like it was my fault that I even took you to Las Vegas instead of Tahiti".

    So this time I said if you're going to do that again I don't even want to go with you. Do you want to go or not? Yes! So, promise me you'll set a loss limit and win goal and stick to it. Just follow my lead.

    Well, she did! It was like pulling teeth a few times but the outcome was that we both came home with more money than we went with, and had a free trip. About even after hotel and food, drinks, the whole enchilada.

    She hit several nice jackpots on Video Poker, and Wheel of Fortune, and her favorite reel slot machine "Double Diamond Deluxe". It was like watching her go through withdrawals to actually walk away, she always plays one more hand after the jackpot. She thinks it's bad luck to leave the jackpot on the screen. Don't ask me.

    I got a tip from my favorite bartender on a hot bank of dollar slots, and hit for $160 on a dollar slot. I only put in ten bucks.

    Then, I stopped playing that machine. How often do I think it's gonna hit?

    I also had quite a few winning sessions on Video Poker, playing Double Double Bonus and Jacks or Better, (9/6 of course) and cashed out, not to mention numerous free beers. Yeah I stuck to beer only and stayed close to sober. I'm sure that helped as well.

    I'll tell ya it's a nice feeling to win.

    So what's my point?

    The house edge in Las Vegas runs from around 5% on slots, less on Video Poker if you know perfect basic strategy, and the hills and valleys come and go. Most players lose most or all of their money because they don't have a strategy. Sure the house always gets it's edge but it doesn't have to be your entire bankroll.

    I thought I heard Steve Wynn say on a Travel Channel special "They all put it back in" or something to that effect.

    Maybe we're on to something?


  2. Criminole

    Criminole Low-Roller

    May 21, 2012
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Exactly my plans on my upcoming trip. The small wins add up if you don't give it all back to the casino.
  3. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

    May 4, 2009
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Part of this depends on what you think is a good win. When I sit down with $500 to play and win $160, I am not about to get up. I came to play and to win some serious money.

    My wife on the other hand starts with $20. If she gets to $25, she is done!

    To each their own.
  4. Jimbucc

    Jimbucc VIP Whale

    Apr 1, 2003
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Congratulations Ben. :thumbsup:
  5. IWannaBeInVegas

    IWannaBeInVegas VIP Whale

    Jan 5, 2002
    Between here and there
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    My idea of winning double my money. If I buy I for 100, if I double it, I do one of two things, I either walk or put my buy in back in my pocket and play on house money
    Tentative Arrival
  6. floridavegas

    floridavegas Low-Roller

    May 9, 2012
    Clearwater Beach, Fl
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I am convinced that walking away when you are winning is one of the most difficult things. Sometimes it just so damn much fun!

    Yeah, I need to practice this more - I just put it right back in and keep on playing. I too cannot just cash out and walk away after a win - to me it's "bad luck" so I understand that part...:eek: I need just one more spin / play and walk away.

    Next time?? always next time! :beer:
  7. LV_Bound

    LV_Bound VIP Whale

    Nov 17, 2010
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Winning is a combination of luck and discipline to walk away when up.
  8. imwired

    imwired Low-Roller

    Apr 7, 2011
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I can quit playing a machine after a good win but then I want to play another one and win more (the gambler's disease). If I win something big, I'll keep playing that machine until it starts going the other way and then cash a ticket. So did you and your wife walk after winning and quit for the day, or go to another game/machine?
    Congrats on winning.

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