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Slots Why do people lock/save slot machines?

Discussion in 'Slots' started by Aaron5, Sep 16, 2014.

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  1. Aaron5

    Aaron5 Low-Roller

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    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:

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    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:

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    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?
     
  2. kwf739

    kwf739 Tourist

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    I have had a machine locked up only while I grab a bite to eat - never longer than 1 hour. I play mostly at the Monarch (formerly Riviera) in Black Hawk Colorado. They
    will lock a machine up to 45 minutes for regular players or up to 1 hour for elite players. I normally lock a machine if the casino is busy or if a machine is hitting well and I just need a break.
     
  3. sandybeachbar

    sandybeachbar Low-Roller

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    The only time I do it is 1. Bathroom break 2. Back to room to get more money.
     
  4. RedRiverRose

    RedRiverRose Low-Roller

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    Congrats on your wins. In the past (not recently) at my local CET property I have had a machine locked to go eat or go to the bank (ATM limit was reached) to acquire additonal funds. There was only one of these machines and usually a line waiting to play. I would normally play five or more hours before I needed a break for food or money. For the most part this practice was ok but many people had issues with it. The casino said they only lock machines for patrons who have certain levels of play and they would only do it for two hours max. I have had a machine locked when someone is riding my back and breathing on my neck just to get away from them for a while. It is okay to wait but it is nice to stay a little distance from the person playing. I get very nervous when someone is too close behind me. I know of others who feel they have invested so much money in a machine it has to hit (personally I disagree with this assumption) so they don't want someone else to walk up and hit a large payout. I do think it is rude to have a machine locked and go off and never return or play other machines when someone wants to play on the locked machine.

    Just my two cents worth.
     
  5. Ty

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    I didn't know you could get them locked.
     
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  6. Aaron5

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    I feel that the person did not want me to play the machine. He locked it and went on to play other machines.

    I think it is OK to lock a machine for the usual: Bathroom, quick meal and even when you go to the concerts. But don't go play other machines.

    I would probably not have played it anymore as I was winning on others.
     
  7. Auggie

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    At my local casinos you can get a reserved sign put on a machine but its only good for 10 minutes - enough time to go to the bathroom, smoke break, go to the ATM, get a drink... just short quick stuff like that.

    In the OPs case: for something like that I would just ask a slot attendant the policy on locking/holding a machine. Could be that they normally don't hold for that long (2.5 hrs) but an attendant at the end of a previous shift might have locked the machine and then finished up for the day before the guy came back - that happens a lot at my local casino where after shift changes you can find a few machines held and the slot attendants don't take the signs off after 10 minutes (though the machines aren't actually locked so anybody can take the sign off the machine after 10 awhile).

    As for the guy returning: if one of the slot attendants unlocked the machine then I wouldn't worry about the guy coming back - he might come back and make a stink, but then you just have to say the slot attendant is the one that unlocked the machine and if he continues to be upset and bothering you just push the "service" button on the machine and call a slot attendant over to get rid of him.


    Personally, I have used holding a machine at my local casino a lot, but its always for things like going to the bathroom or going for a smoke break. I think holding it for anything longer than that is a bit of a jerk move: holding it for a couple of hours is ridiculous, but even just for an hour while you go for dinner or something - if you go off for an hour for dinner and come back either your machine is open and you can play it or somebody is on the machine and you likely don't have that long of a wait before they move on. Yes, some people will sit at one machine and play for hours on end, but thats not all that common and most of the people in the casino will play for 5, 10 or 15 minutes and then go find something else or go for a break themselves.
     
  8. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Anyone that locks up a machine for extended period of time (> ~1 hour) is a jerk in my book. You did the right thing by unlocking it. Eff that guy. And the way slot machines work, you NEVER steal anyone's win anyway. Of course most slot players don't know or believe this...
     
  9. leo21

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    IIRC, at my local Harrah's they can lock a machine for as long as four hours. I don't see a reason to lock one up for more than two. I've seen what the OP observed: the person locked the machine to keep anyone else playing it even though they didn't want to play it anymore. I've seen people lock up machines and head to their cars before. Where it gets frustrating is that Illinois casinos really don't have a ton of penny slots so you have Diamonds and 7Stars locking up the most popular penny games never to return but no one comes back when that hold period is up to switch it back on. Meanwhile there are a ton of frustrated people who would have played the game in the meantime. If a game has a progressive due to hit or seemingly overdue, the more likely people will want to lock it up. I think a smarter casino would identify some games or casino hours where locking games would not be permitted.
     
  10. nostresshere

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    I think it is totally wrong. Ego driven, self centered people.

    other than maybe running to the can... let it go. Almost as bad as those that hog chairs at a pool, especially on a cruise ship.

    They are just slot machines. Not like that machine is ready to hit and just waiting for you to come back. That person is taking part of the business out of operation. Like going to a restaurant and saying I want to hold this table, but I am going shopping for an hour or two. Nobody can sit here.

    Wrong
    Wrong
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    Nice hits. :beer:
    Hopefully you didn't give it all back after playing 3 hrs in the HL room.
     
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    I think it's wrong to reserve a machine for any longer than a bathroom break. If it's so hot, you wont want to leave it for longer than that. To lock it for a meal break or a concert (even worse) is very annoying IMO and shouldn't be allowed.
     
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    I just can't believe casinos allow this kind of thing. Its a jerk move and inconsiderate of other players. Both on the part of the player that requested the lock-out and the fuckin casino that allowed it.


    Imho, of course.
     
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    Yeah...I tend to agree. Especially if it is when they do it for a guy who has no plan to play the machine and is asking for it to be locked, seemingly, out of spite.

    Ask a pit boss to save your spot on the rail at a craps table for longer than it takes to take a leak and they'll laugh.
     
  15. Aaron5

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    Nope. Took most of it home.

    This is the second Saturday visit in a row where I killed the machines.
    Last Saturday I had 9 hand pays and the visit before 14. My accountant is going to kill me this year.
    Each of the days I had at least 3 for 5k or more.

    You need the 1200 to 2k hits to keep about even when playing the $5 slots. The larger ones are usually profit.
     
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    Is Harrahs Rincon SD your home casino?
    Just wondering as Pechanga is mine.. Harrahs did me wrong recently so I try and stay away!
     
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    For Video Poker machines, where there are not many machines with a certain game/payscale, people have the machine locked down so they can take a break for a meal and then be able to get back and play without having to worry that all the machines will be taken when they get back. Despite all the outcries here, casinos OFFER this for their good customers to keep them happy and playing. Some casinos limit the practice to premium card levels, meaning its only available to their better players. Obviously since the casinos themselves make the rules and offer this option, in their eyes it is not "wrong wrong wrong".
     
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    This is the point of the program. But it's being abused to the detriment of the casino and other guests. If a "better player" locks a game for a meal break and really heads home never to return, who benefits?
     
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    That would be the casino's fault. They need to enforce their own rules. If they allow specified time lockup and the person doesn't return when it expires, they need to unlock the machine. I do use the option if I want to take a short meal break AND if the video poker machines that have better pay tables are limited. One casino I play only has 2 machines I will play so in that case it's a very useful benefit. If there are a bunch of similar machines and there's almost always a machine open, then there is no need. If you've earned the right to do this and don't abuse it, see no problem with it.
     
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    Wow! Learn something new everyday. I have never heard of this practice. If I need to take a break, I usually have my wife watch the machine or if she isn't around I just end my session, do what I need to do, and either return to the machine if it is open or find another machine. When a machine is locked and then you return to it, do you need the slot attendant to unlock it and what happens to your credits?
     
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