I once hit for $700 on a dollar machine, but that's about how much I was down, on the last night. It was nice to make it all back like that. I was also a finalist in the slot tournament...
Mostly, it goes the wrong way!
They say that Vegas isn't built by winners....and their right, its built by people playing slot machines and by people that don't bother figuring out what bets are good bets.
Would you walk up to someone, give them $1 and say pick a number 1 - 800,000...if I guess it, I get $80? That's what you're doing with slots. Its a random number generator which then checks that number to see if its a winner. The signs, lights, and bells all are designed to distract you from the fact that you just gave a computer money to pick a number! And thats why casinos load up with slots....the house advantage is so high its ridiculous.
Try blackjack or craps...unless your too lazy to figure out why all your money disappears into a machine!
On our last cruise, on the Carnival Victory, all the people in our group hit big on the last night.... $900, $500, $400, and then a couple smaller ones here and there. It always seemed to be a slot right next to the bar, or on an end aisle where everyone could see (which is convenient for Carnival because everyone would see them win and go play). Nobody playing in the way back hit at all.
I alloted $20.00 for slots on my Sensation cruise. I sat at a machine and played until it was gone. I left with 50 cents more than when I went in. So I won!
No, I'm not abig gambler. I had just never played slots before. So I tried it.
I may dwell on the land, but I live at sea!
Sensation 2/03 I disembarked, but never really left the ship.
Sensation 04/05 The vessel made me do it!
Summit 03/06 to Hawaii, Where God left his fingerprints, in memory of Margaret.
Carnival Freedom (March 08)
\X\Mercury (January 09)
We won about $80 four times playing video poker. We quit and cashed in each day we won. We spent a total of $40 and made $320. Not sure of the time of day, but it was each on a different day when we won, my husband got 4 aces each time we won.
We were on the Paradise.