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Video Poker Saved machine

Discussion in 'Video Poker' started by fenway68, Jun 20, 2014.

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  1. fenway68

    fenway68 High-Roller

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    So I saw something I hadn't seen in LV before.

    I was playing VP at Aria with Dad at a bank of three machines, Dad to the left me center, and the machine to my right was "out of service" we were there quite some time, when one of the floor folks comes by, puts a key in and "turns on" the machine...along comes Mr So and So (who turns out not to be intereseted in conversation) who plays for maybe 30-45 min, then leaves, at which time the floor turns the machine off again.

    I frequented this machine three days in a row, only once did i see Mr So and So...all the other times the machine was off...

    Any one explain that? See it before?

    My guess is, is that he plays so much on that machine that he essentially "buys it" for whenever he wants....what coin-in grants you that priv? Do folks usually pick one machine, or many?

    I am intrigued...
     
  2. Auggie

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    That is one of those things you hardly ever see in Las Vegas, but is actually pretty common at casinos in other cities - somebody was reserving a machine.

    With Las Vegas you don't see it too often because its too easy and common for people to just get up and go to another casino, so the casinos don't want to have machines being held all over their slot floor for people who might not even be on the property anymore, while in a city with a single casino there is nowhere for the person to go casino hopping to, so either they are in the casino or they've left the property/gone home.

    You said it was over three days... usually its not like that, but instead the machine is usually only held for a couple of hours or for the night.

    For how much play, that depends on the property. Not sure what level of play Aria would want to hold a machine, but at Caesars properties I believe you have to be Diamond or higher to be able to reserve machines and then on special occasions (IE: New Years Eve) they don't hold machines at all for anybody.
     
  3. meyers67

    meyers67 High-Roller

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    in lake tahoe, if you are seven stars, they will hold machines for 4 hours.
     
  4. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Yeah see it in St. Louis every now and again. With some exceptions, I think this practice is generally rude. 4 hours is definitely rude.

    Basically the only time I think it's "okay", and even then I still wouldn't do it is: you really only want to play one game, they only have one machine with that game on it in the whole casino, and you want to go eat.

    But I wouldn't be shocked if half the people that request this are going it because the machine is "hot". :grrr:
     
  5. Auggie

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    At my local casino you can hold a machine - you press the CALL ATTENDANT button and tell them you want to reserve a machine and they put a "RESERVED FOR 10 MINUTES" sign on it and log it in their book for when they put the card on the machine.

    They do that for people who want to go to the restroom, go get a drink, go out for a smoke break.

    Generally it works, but the biggest problem is when they do this a lot and then don't pick up the cards if the person doesn't come back. There have been times I've gone around the casino and there are dozens of machines, usually the newest ones, with the signs on them. With that all you can really do is stand around and wait and then after time use the CALL ATTENDANT button yourself and ask them to remove the sign (you can take the sign off yourself, its just a little card, but sometimes they get excited about that).
     
  6. cf84

    cf84 Tourist

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    As others said, it's usually a perk for players at higher levels. I've done it as casinos that have limited number of machines with better games and I want to take a break to eat. So usually an hour or less. I think there's nothing wrong with it for shorter periods if it's something the casino offers. If you've earned the right to do it, it's nice to have the option. But I think some players abuse it and can't believe they would essentially keep a machine shut off for multiple days when that players wasn't playing. That's a bit too much but then I'm guessing that player loses enough that it was worth it to the casino.
     
  7. Joe

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    I've mentioned this before. There is a slot machine at MSS that has a woman's permanent name tag on it since she gambles so much. I have no idea what happens when she comes to town and somebody is playing "her" machine. I know the CWs give her great service and the bartenders have to ice down her beer in a separate bucket to keep it cold enough for her. Money talks!
     
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