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The broken record7 February 2017
My wife the Beautiful AP just said that no one talks about broken or even unbroken records anymore. She is not sure many of my readers have much experience with records of any type, so let me update that opening and say that I am a tape recording coming unraveled.
No, wait; tape recordings are pretty old too, aren’t they? So let me go modern and say I am an eight-track tape. Oh, for crying out loud, my neighbor’s annoying kid was outside lounging by his pool and I asked him about eight-track tapes. He laughed at me.
The nerve! The kid just got rid of his braces and his teeth are still multi-colored. He didn’t care that he is one weird-looking kid. He still snorted and snickered and disdainfully told me no one discusses eight-track tapes. “Get with it, Scobe,” he said to me. “Get with the real world, dude.”
Just for your information, this kid is a PITA which stands for Pain in the (ahem). I got that directly from the person who gave birth to him. His mother knows best.
OK, so what is it that’s broken? Am I a cracked CD or whacked-out digital download into something that takes digital downloads? What is going on?
Oh, screw it, I am a broken record. Look, I prefer records, just as I prefer real coins making coin sounds in a slot machine. The newfangled slot world that has evolved around simulated sounds and dancing animation these past 15 or so years is not going to get to the eight-track-tape-deck of my heart.
True, I have to deal with the world as it is (I’m trying, I’m trying), and you, my dear slot players, do too. So here is what’s broken about my record:
Let me put it another way: The faster you run head-first into a brick wall, the more your head is going to hurt as a result. You might even die.
Whether you are playing an old machine or a brand new machine, one thing has always been true – the greater the number of decisions you experience, the better chance you have of losing because you are bucking big house edges on almost all slot machines.
Fast equals not good. Slow equals good. Relax, there is no rush.
Use this as your new mantra: The more you play, the merrier for the casino; the less you play the merrier for you.
A leisurely pace is the best method to contain your bankroll and avoid getting hammered too soon and too often. Is it really so joyous to play as fast as a whirlwind when such a wind could easily blow your bankroll away?
I think I have been giving this slow-down advice for decades now, but still so many slot players – who obviously have not read my broken record of "slow down, you move too fast; got to make your money last" – just seem anxious to play faster than the speed of light.
Albert Einstein would have changed his theory concerning light’s speed had he witnessed the swiftness of today’s slot players. “Hmm, I zink it eez e = slot player speed squared.”
I will admit that there is a tendency to speed up the number of decisions a slot player faces as time passes. This is similar to how fast a drinker drinks. A person takes the first drink, sips it, and savors it. “Ah, that was delicious, my good man, simply delicious.” He gently wipes his lip with his silk handkerchief.
By the 10th drink, our sophisticated sipper has become a wet-mouthed raging lunatic: “Ah, whool haf mo ma man! Jus po it dowen ma troat!” as he power snots into the bar.
There are relatively easy ways to slow down the pace. Do a spin every 10 seconds. If you must sit at the machine and actually count from one to ten, then do so. After a while it will become second nature.
I think one of the most important realizations that slot players – and all gamblers, for that matter – come to is the fact that anticipation is the driving force behind our play. We are looking forward to the next decision. We want a win!
That anticipation of what’s coming next is the fuel that can fool us into playing way too fast. Containing the speed of play will not diminish your anticipation; in fact, I believe it will do the opposite.
I think the anticipatory fun is even more fun the longer you allow it to play itself out. Do six decisions per minute and allow yourself the delightful feeling as you prepare for the next decision. Let the anticipation grow; savor it the way you would savor that first sip of a great drink.
Come on, now; your drink almost always tastes better on the first couple of sips than on the swilling of gallons on the 200th swallow.
OK, so here is the denouement: I am a broken record, but what I am saying is the right advice for the smart slots player. I don’t care if my neighbor’s kid thinks I am a “dude” who has to get with it. Listen kid, I’m a gramophone on a mission!
Frank Scoblete’s new books are I Am a Dice Controller: Inside the World of Advantage-Play Craps!, I Am a Card Counter: Inside the World of Advantage-Play Blackjack and Confessions of a Wayward Catholic. All available on Amazon.com, on Kindle, at Barnes and Noble, and at bookstores. Visit Frank's new web site at www.frankscoblete.com.
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