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Slots What Is Considered A Big Slot Winner?

Discussion in 'Slots' started by Ezzy711, Jun 1, 2013.

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  1. Ezzy711

    Ezzy711 Low-Roller

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    I realize I'll never experience it, but inquiring minds want to know:

    - When you get the giant check? Is only for linked promotions, progressives?
    - When does the casino management care? Over $250K? or in the millions?
    - Do they ever make a fuss over the winner with comps like suites and limos?
    - If so, at what threshold?
    - I thought I saw on one of the mega millions machines have disclaimers on them saying you agree to have your pic taken. Can you refuse?
     
  2. Pinny Long

    Pinny Long High-Roller

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    I think a lot of it depends on the casino. I won $20K (which to me feels like winning a million dollars) on a Royal Flush at Cosmopolitan and, aside from the obligatory tax sheet signoff, there was no fanfare or anything. No offer for a buffet, room, no congratulatory letter from my host, nothing. But I think if I won that at Orleans or El Cortez or something, there would have been a bit more fuss about it.
     
  3. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    They probably also noticed you were playing 9/6 DDB. :evillaugh
     
  4. Brensan

    Brensan Low-Roller

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    About 10 years ago, I was with a friend of mine who hit $177,000 on a progressive machine at the Mirage. They roped her and the machine off, while checking things out - then gave her a check for the entire amount. We thought for sure they would offer her a bigger suite (she already had a small suite) - but nothing - not even a picture! My husband and I have both won $18,000 jackpots and no picture or fanfare either - but see pictures of people winning much smaller jackpots all the time! Guess it just depends on when the JP is hit and the casino.
     
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  5. Pinny Long

    Pinny Long High-Roller

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    Wow. I'm really surprised about the Mirage one. I kind of thought anything over $100K, even at the top-tier casinos, would be nod-worthy.
     
  6. luvstp

    luvstp High-Roller

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    Several years ago on the flight from LAS to IAH, a woman was in our boarding area with a "big check". I had my DH go and check it out and she had hit the quarter WOF at Harrahs for $400K or so. It was very cool and the flight attendants put it up front so it wouldn't get damaged!

    I know when the Louisiana couple hit the Megabucks at Wynn many years ago, they were upgraded to a suite for the rest of their stay as they agreed to some promotional photos.
     
  7. Grid

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    Its strange that they would let her keep the giant check. I've seen plenty of "big" winners at my local casino 4 winds. They bring out a dry erase board and use a marker to fill her money and name in. They have like 6 different ones, some IGT some WMS etc. But they always smile for the camera and get a picture and those checks get wiped clean...
     
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    luvstp High-Roller

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    Why does that seem strange? I'm not in marketing, but by giving her the check, and having her carry it through the airport (it was probably 2' x 4'), there were thousands of people at the airport who saw that Harrah's was the lucky casino where you can hit the WOF. I don't know anything about your local, but the exposure in Vegas has to be 10 times greater than your local and what a great PR stunt.

    This was likely 5+ years ago.....haven't seen a big check since then in the airport, but I'm always hoping that I will be the recipient of one. :beer:
     
  9. shifter

    shifter Degenerate Gambler

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    contrary to urban legend, they don't put you in the penthouse suite and throw all kinds of comps your way when you hit a big win. they only do that for big losers. the only way you're going to get that is if you leave and come back with all that money next trip.
     
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    Ha..well said:beer:
     
  11. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    I get multiple W-2gs on many trips. Never had my picture taken. Yet, I see these folks with $2,000 wins posted all over the place. Have had at least three wins over $10,000 - no hoopla.

    For the record, I would NOT do the picture thing, no matter what. No benefit, and only downfalls. Especially if near my hometown.


    I do remember the first time I hit for maybe $1,400. I was nervous as hell. Cocktail waitress was there right away. Got drinks and gave her a $20.
     
  12. Ezzy711

    Ezzy711 Low-Roller

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    I'm sure it will never be a problem but I would be freaked out having my pic taken at all let alone because I won a bunch of cash. Glad to hear it is rare.
     
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    I'd say anyone over 300#
     
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    I expect they take pictures of the more photogenic people. I'm fairly certain I could get a million dollars without my picture being taken :D
     
  15. Pinny Long

    Pinny Long High-Roller

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    Yeah, I would not want to be advertised as the guy with $300,000.00 either.
    I certainly wouldn't want to be carrying around a giant fake check (as much as I think they are awesome!) telling everyone how much money I'm worth if they kidnap me or put a gun to my head.
     
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    If I ever won a big cardboard check, and they let me keep it, I'd grab a bunch of friends and go to my bank the next day just to see the tellers' reactions.
     
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    In 1996 sis won $3000 at Harrah's. They snapped her pix & put the photo in one of those cardboard frames! The picture was never posted. Even then, we were surprised they'd snap a pix for such a low win. My guess is that in the "old" days they took pictures of any handpay.
     
  18. Ezzy711

    Ezzy711 Low-Roller

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    That sounds exactly like what I would do. Only problem is worrying about being followed out of the bank.
     
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    For me a big slot win would have to be 5 digits $xx,xxx.

    For the casino, not sure if anything under 6 digits is worth their time.
     
  20. rick2006

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    Been with friends at Aria who won up to 30k - nothing but a normal W2G payout for that. Been beside players at Aria and Bellagio winning up to 50-100k with absolutely no fanfare - just W2G and some congrats from the slot attendant!

    On the flip side, was at Palazzo when a girl won a Tarzan video slot progressive for 950k or something - they roped off the machine, "replayed" the win to confirm is and to show everyone, and were generally very "showy" about the whole thing. It was like a little advertising circus. Very nice to see it tho - and she looked super excited!
     
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