Slot Watchers

Slot Watchers
(not Weight Watchers)

by Frank Scoblete*

Slot Watchers is the opposite to Weight Watchers. At Weight Watchers the objective is to lose weight. At slots the objective is to not lose (too much) money.

I have been fat for 20 years now. Oh, yes, I work out every day and my heart rate is 55 beats a minute; but I am fat. I am 100 pounds over my fighting weight of 40 years ago!

So I decided to go to Weight Watchers to lose several generations of body lard. I have been going for a month now and the process does work. I?ve lost weight. I am now less fat.

Weight Watchers has a system of points based on the types of foods you are eating. You are told each week, “This week you can have 28 points per day” or such. You are even given extra points so you can occasionally eat somewhat more. I use those extra points for a few drinks.

Everyone is different, so how many points you can have per day will vary with the individual.

So at my meeting this morning (I am the only male in a class of 50 overweight females) a thought struck me; why not have a point system for slot players (in ‘real’ casinos or online) based on their own individual needs, bankroll and temperament? I could call this my Slot Watchers point system which will help slot players lose less, perhaps win more, while still being allowed to play all the machines they like?

Weight Watchers allows you to eat anything as long as you don?t exceed your daily points. So how should I structure my “Slot Watchers” to achieve basically the same thing?

Some foods, such as pasta and rice, have an outrageous number of points and those foods you must eat in very small portions or you?ll use up your point total quite quickly. So which machines are the pasta machines of slot play?

Obviously, the million dollar progressives such as Megabucks, Aztecs Millions or Mega Mulah. Such machines are loaded with points as the house edge is huge ? coming in at around 15 percent or more. That means a loss of at least $15 for every $100 wagered. So these machines must come in with big points attached to them.

Which machines are the lowest in points? The best machines are the stand-alone machines that do not give you an extra reward for playing full coins/credits. These are called “equal pay” or “equal distribution” slots. Here you can happily play one coin which means very few points in your Slot Watchers notebook. (Oh, sorry to hit you with that, but you must get a notebook and take down the slot points per day that you are using.) Equal distribution machines are merely multiples of the first line on the pay table. So if one coin wins $200; two coins will win $400 and three coins will win $600.

So let us make a list of the slot points based on the continuum between mega jackpot progressive games at one end and the stand-alone equal-pay machines at the other end. But first let?s figure how many points you wish to use in a day. Here I will be arbitrary.

You will be allowed 5,000 to 10,000 points in one day ? do not go over that 10,000 mark as it is the outer limits of bankroll management. You can happily go under those 5,000 points if you wish. You must base this on the following table:

? 25 cents is one point
? 50 cents is two points
? 75 cents is three points
? $1 is four points
? $2 is five points
? $3 is six points
? $4 is seven points
? $5 is eight points
? $10 is nine points
? $15 is ten points

Here comes the difficult part: You must multiply these points by the type of machine you are playing.

? Mega jackpot progressives multiply by four (therefore a 25 cent bet equals 4 points).
? Lower Jackpot progressives multiply by three
? Full coin reward machines multiply by two
? Equal distribution machines multiply by one

You?ll note that the smaller the number of points, the greater the number of spins.

Now, I have not worked out the full dimensions of this Slot Watchers system and it might have some serious flaws. However, its purpose is to limit total exposure to the worst machines; increase your betting on better machines but also give you a range of machines you can play and how much to play them for.

Can you mix and match? Absolutely; you do not have to stick to one type of machine. If you wish to use some of your points on those humongous progressives, feel free. Your spin count will go down but your potential for big wins will go up. But Slot Watchers must not pass the total number of points for any given day.

Those of you who can afford to play $25, $50, $100 and $500 machines can consider yourselves slot skinnies and, hopefully, in little need of my Slot Watchers point system.

Okay, analyze this new system of mine and see if it works for you.

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*Frank Scoblete’s newest books are “Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines!” featuring advantage-play slots and “Casino Conquest: How to Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games!” Frank’s books are available at Amazon.com or by calling 1-800-944-0406.