Why do people save (lock) slot machines? If a machine is “hot” I keep playing it. If I need to go to the restroom I ask a slot attendant to watch it. Last Saturday, at the local Harrah’s, the first machine I played was a $5 Bonus Times machine. This machine has a very high variance. You either win big or lose big on this machine and I have done both in the past. I lost $1000 very quickly with nothing better than a 10 credit win. While playing I noticed a man behind me talking with his wife and pointing to my machine. After the loss I moved to the Blazing 7’s machine next to it and the man played a few hundred through the Bonus Times. I fairly quickly hit 3 red 7’s for a $1500 hand pay and after the Slot Attendant paid me the man summoned her to lock the Bonus Times. He and he wife did walk away after the machine was locked. About 15 minutes latter I hit another 3 red 7’s and while waiting for the hand pay I noticed the man playing other machines in the high limit room. I think it is rude to lock a machine, just so someone else can’t play it. Is this what he is thinking? At that time I didn't even want to play the machine anymore. A couple of hours go by and I’m having a very lucky day, winning on many different machines. In fact many of the regulars were asking me to rub their machines for luck. Now it has been about 2 ½ hours since the machine was locked, with the man not being seen for over an hour. Now I am mad. I call over the Attendant and have it unlocked. Put $100 in and on the FIRST SPIN hit this: I asked the slot Attendants and other players to warn me if they see the man. Now a little worried he might accuse me of steeling his win. Less then 5 minutes latter I hit this: Like I said this machine either loves you or hates you. I played in the high limit room for another 3 hours never to see the man again. Have you ever locked a machine just so someone else could not play it?