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Just Ask Scobe and AP13 December 2002
Both you and your husband are playing negative-expectation games, albeit yours definitely has a greater house edge. (We assume your husband is not a card counter but is playing basic strategy.) However, the way you play, slowly and for one coin, probably accounts for the fact that you have lost less than he has in your respective "gambling careers." Since neither one of you is attempting to make gambling your second income or even your hobby, then your taste is what counts. If you like the slots and feel comfortable playing them then go right ahead. The fact that you are playing the machines that don't reward full coin with big bonuses means that you can last a pretty long time and are probably getting a better percentage return as well.
Many gamblers, especially those who play with an advantage, will sometimes scoff at players who just enjoy the games for their own sake with no pretense of trying to make money at them. But players who play "just for fun" are similar to golfers who just enjoy hitting the ball, walking, hitting the ball, walking -- and so what if they rarely shoot under a hundred? Most slot players are not drooling idiots; they are well aware that they have little chance to beat the machines. They just enjoy playing them as you do.
Tell your husband and his friends that the old saying "to each his own" applies in this gambling situation. However, here's some other advice: Have you ever considered playing video poker? Some machines, with proper strategies, are beatable or extremely close contests. You could have your cake and eat it too if you play "machine" video poker! Consider it. Frank's book Victory at Video Poker has all the strategies you'll need to play the most popular machines. Good luck.
For more information about slots and video poker, we recommend:The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots by John Robison
Break the One-Armed Bandits! by Frank Scoblete
Victory at Video Poker and Video Craps, Keno and Blackjack! by Frank Scoblete
Slot Conquest Audio Cassette Tape (60 minutes) with Frank Scoblete
Winning Strategies at Slots & Video Poker! Video tape hosted by Academy Award Winner James Coburn, Written by Frank Scoblete
The Slot Machine Answer Book by John Grochowski
The Video Poker Answer Book by John Grochowski
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