Las Vegas Machines

Chuck Stewart By Chuck Stewart, 16th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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How I played video poker, double diamond, and triple diamond.

How I played video poker, double diamonds, and triple diamonds.

The first time I arrived in Las Vegas was January 20, 1977. I stepped off of a Greyhound bud, loaded up with two suitcases and a trombone. Before I had taken any steps, a stranger walked up to me and said, "Do you want to buy some LSD?" I told him no thanks and walked away, looking for a hotel to stay in my first night there, weary from three days on that bus.

The next morning awoke and was still tired. I dragged myself to go to breakfast and played some slot machines along the way and won over ten dollars. I knew that would more than pay for breakfast. I had a great breakfast and found out it was free, so I tipped the waitress (that's what we called them back then and they were fine with that) and headed back to my room to read the newspaper left by my door. I later did use my winnings to pay for the cab ride to a little motel next to the musicians union on Scott Street, now called Duke Ellington Way. I signed the petition to change that street name during my six week stay in Las Vegas.

In August of 1978, I returned to Las Vegas with three friends and my new car, settled in, and got a job. Occasionally I played some machines. I never was interested in table games. I also didn't bet on games or horse races.

Through the years I enjoyed video poker machines and later on a game called double diamonds. Triple diamonds seemed like it didn't pay out as well as double diamonds, although the payouts were higher. I heard that the machines to stay away from were the ones on the ends of a row. Supposedly they were "tighter", which means that the payout percentages were lower. I avoided those after hearing that. Nothing is guaranteed in gambling, so there really are no hard and fast rules.

There was a convenience store in a building where my office was. I became friends with its owner. He had perhaps 12 video poker machines in it. He told me he was profiting about $4000 a week from those. He didn't own them outright and there was actually a company who owned the machines and held the license. He split profits and payout with them. One day I put my hand on a machine and I felt like I was sinking. I went to machine beside it, put my hand on it and felt like I was rising. I put in some quarters and won. I thought this was weird, so I moved to the first machine and lost. I went on down the row, feeling the machines, feeling each one. I won on the risers and lost on the sinkers. It was just a feeling. On other days I tried the same thing and sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. Through the course of a year I won $5200 total on those machines from hitting Royal Flushes. It would have been $5000, but one of them was $1200 and I got a W2-G from the slot company and had to claim income tax on that one. The good news was that I had checks to the store and was able to write off the winnings for that year.

I tried the up, down, sinking or rising thing in other casinos on and off the strip. I had moderate success, but it was better than before I felt the machines I played. I also noticed that temperature had nothing to do with it. The double diamonds machines at The Rio Hotel and Casino were the best of all the machines I played. Before leaving the town in 1996, I won $800 from one of those. There is no magic to gambling but that was the closest I came to feeling that I somehow had something to do with the outcome. It seemed to increase the odds for me. There is obviously no scientific evidence and I am not recommending it. Expect to lose and the disappointment hurts a little less when it happens. Maybe it would be better to give the gambling money to a nice charity.


Double Diamond, Triple Diamond, Video Poker

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author avatar Chuck Stewart
I have been in music as a singer, trombonist, pianist, writer, arranger, and composer; worked professionally for over a couple of decades. Also involved in the fields of architecture and design.

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