Those new five reel video penny slots are truly the crack of gambling . . .
by, 18th March 2012 at 12:43 AM (688 Views)
At first this was going to be a post on the thread started by silcnlayc entitled:
Buzzluck Casino - My Review - What About Yours?
As my post started to look much more like a blog I decided that would be most appropriate.
For this old guy, those "penny" video slots that have virtually taken over the vast majority of the Brick & Mortar establishments AND now completely dominate virtual Internet gaming are relatively new. Sure there are still plenty traditional One Armed Bandits on the casino floors but I equate them to the landline pay phones that used to be everywhere until sometime near Y2K. And by the way, how often do you see anyone actually pull that arm on the old bandit if it actually has one?
When we were able to still play MG sites in the USA back in 2005-2006, I remember one of the very first MG rolled out. It was called the "Wizard of Odds." I decided what the hell and gave it a few spins. On about the third spin worth a buck or two, I hit a combination that paid me $1000! I don't even think I knew exactly what I hit I just saw the dollar figure pop up. I played it a few more times and quit--still preferring traditional slots if I were to play slots at all.
To this day, I almost never play these machines when I am in a "real" casino. It costs a whole lot more money to run a B & M than it does to run a virtual casino and machines at B&Ms will never match the RTP of the "good" online casinos.
Over the last few years, the proliferation of the new generation of slots baffled me on each visit to Las Vegas, Biloxi, and the Riverboat casinos I frequented. I just could not relate to all those poor suckers I passed by on the way to the Video Poker area or Blackjack tables.
There they sit--completely transfixed. So taken in by the machine they cannot possibly hit the button fast enough for the next spin even after a decent multi-line payoff. I just didn't get it at all.
Then, a couple of yeas ago after a hiatus of five years or so I started gambling online again. Being limited to the English Harbour Group and RTGs was a real adjustment.
Most of the bonus offers limited play on slots only of course. Finally I got it. I understood. I felt what those zombie people that actually hit $1200 or better got agitated because it interrupted their action on THEIR machine due to the tax paperwork!
I began to understand how this new breed of gambling device could literally bait, hook, sink, and swallow you whole before you ever even knew what happened to you or worse, your hundred thousand "credits" you got with all the bells and whistles on all those free spins.
I just wanted to see it happen one more time. It kept making that first noise, then the second, but somehow the third just wouldn't happen again.
If you have read this far you may be wondering how silcnlayc's thread inspired me to write this.
The reason is that I completely relate to his experience with Buzzluck or in his case, Buzzluckless. I'm sure you all do if you play this crazy shit. I may have posted similar comments about some of the places I play over the past couple of months because the luck just has not been there. Instead there has been JUST enough tease to keep me trying--although not nearly as much.
And, now I'm happy to say that today, I could have posted KasinoKings remarks in that same thread. I hit a few remarkable bonus rounds over the past couple of days--most significantly on "Loose Caboose" probably my favorite and then on "The Boy King" (Tutt) at the Aladdin's Gold (CW) and Inetbet.
Like any gambling these machines are extremely streaky but they are also SNEAKY! They continue to improve their ability to draw us in more and more effectively.
Maybe a good thing to do if the luck is not there and you have nothing better to do is BLOG your experiences here on CM!
Thanks to all who read. P mutts