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Going to a land based casino in a week!

Discussion in 'Online Casinos' started by JlSpitFirelC, Mar 30, 2007.

    Mar 30, 2007
  1. JlSpitFirelC

    JlSpitFirelC Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    First I must say... Wasn't sure where to post this, so I figured this was the closest to correct spot to write.

    Anyways, as the people on here who worry about me know I am 18. (19 on the eleventh!) I have only been to this casino seven times so far because it is 3 - 3 and a half hours away in West Virginia... and to get there we have to drive longer than it typically takes to drive to Atlantic City from where I live in Pennsylvania.

    So, simply put, my parents go out of their way occasionally so I can gamble too. (Legal gambling age for land based casinos in West Virginia is 18.)

    Well, This week is my parents' anniversary and they are going to Atlantic City and leaving me here to count down the days alone. (While they gamble and do things I don't want to imagine.)

    I have to bear with this and not wager any money online because that just means less to play with in Charlestown, the casino, next Friday.

    I currently intend on bringing $750-$800 with me as I did last time, but instead of making the same foolish mistake by betting max on the video slots, which are not as friendly as online ones I found out the hard way, I will probably keep my bets between $2 and $3. I may possibly venture into the reel slot area and waste $100-$200 there because reel slots seem to hit more often than video ones I believe.

    Anyway... really this post is just for me to vent my excitement because the last time I was in Charlestown was October 27th when I dumped that $800.

    I am pretty much trying to think of a plan as to how I want to go about playing there. Which machine areas will I go to first and how much will I play on them.

    Of course I would love to win the Cashola jackpot. (Progressive slot that is usually over $1 million.) So I have to put aside $50-$100 for that, but after those two plans, I still have $500-$600 to lose.. I mean play with. (That is to say if I am ridiculously unlucky.)

    The slots they have are listed on this page:

    You must register/login in order to see the link.

    if anyone would be kind enough to suggest favorites to me :D

    *Squeals* I JUST CAN'T WAIT!!

    I'm going to be there from about 3 pm till 4 am... or until I get nauseous from smoking too many cigarettes.. (I have a nasty habit of lighting one up almost every time I trigger a bonus round - I don't even like smoking nor am I addicted!) - It's just the thrill of the casino.

    Now It is bothersome to be asked to show my hand stamp I got at the door every few hours or so to various guys patrolling around the casino floor... (I swear half of them don't even work there.) *Especially that guy who was standing at the urinal next to me* lol Had to say that xD.

    Anyway, Yea... It is clear that I am extremely thrilled about this. So please, please give me some good recommendations of games to play so even after every penny I have is spent and I wonder about how I came to have that half penny voucher in my pocket. (Always seems to happen... How can one get a half penny on penny slots?) I will be satisfied and return to my online gambing fixation once again.

    - Impatiently awaiting replies..
    Barely legal Jeff.. ew no that sounds wrong..
    Almost 19 Jeff.. yea that's slightly better. :oops:

    P.S.
    Again I know I am going to be warned that gambling is dangerous, but I do have a very firm understanding on the value of a dollar and I only gamble what I am willing to lose. I actually begin gambling with the thought already in mind that I have lost what I deposited/brought with me.

    P.P.S. or P.S.S. *forgot which it is*
    I wonder if anyone actually will read this whole thing.
     
  2. Mar 30, 2007
  3. tennis_balls

    tennis_balls Dormant account

    Occupation:
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    Location:
    Albuquerque, NM
    just understand that those slots payout about 91.5% which is pretty dreadful.

    even Nevada will pay above 94% most places though I realize your options are limited at your age.

    when you play slots online set at above 95% and you realize how hard it is to win, the task of winning on 91.5% slots is daunting. a 3% difference in payout is HUGE!
     
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  5. JlSpitFirelC

    JlSpitFirelC Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Yeah... I actually noticed that today.. But, as you stated - It is my only option given my age.

    The real disappointing thing about this is that there are a handful of casinos opening around in Pennsylvania, where I live, but I have to be 21 to gamble in them. Such a sad sad time.

    Oh well, Still.. Sitting next to old ladies at the slots and watching some grumpy Asian man bash the screen with his knuckles thinking that it will effect his free spins... You can't put a price on that. *Well the cost of the machine* But still.


    :D

    BUT OMG

    *THAT HITMAN GAME*

    It is soo fun.. I may have to save some money for that instead of the landbased casino.
     
  6. Mar 30, 2007
  7. lojo

    lojo Banned User - repetitive violations of <a href="ht

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    Location:
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    What a blast! My misspent youth envies you:D

    Looked at the casino slot list... I'd spend a little time on Sizzlin 7's ... max $100 of bankroll (could eat it pretty quick) bet max (if they're still 3 coins) you have the best payout percentage on slots like this but at $3 a whack they can eat you in a hurry.

    Saw a couple of familiar v-slots... Sometimes, it seems that if you pick one near an entrance and also near a cage they can be hotter than some others.

    Roulette can be a blast because the only skill involved is quitting if/when you are ahead. It's also worth taking some money too when you're at a profit (you will be now and again, right!?!) and lay it down once on red or black, then walking away no matter win or lose. Double your money for some more slot play or give the profit back to the house in one fell swoop.

    Hey, take a camera for some winning screen shots, huh?

    Good luck:thumbsup:
     
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  8. Mar 30, 2007
  9. JlSpitFirelC

    JlSpitFirelC Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Well I'll bring my camera phone, but I am not really camera phone savvy xD... But when I win a huge jackpot.. I am sure the casino will have cameras for me.. *One can dream right?*

    :D
     
  10. Mar 30, 2007
  11. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

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    You can practice here on Multi-Strike Poker (one of my favorites)
    You must register/login in order to see the link.

    You should keep an eye out for this game. Also be aware that Gems is a Hoover Vacuum cleaner - Spearmaster will attest to that.

    You must register/login in order to see the link. has some great games to practice on - try to find Spin Poker Deluxe and Super Times Pay Poker.

    As for Slots, Winning Times and Texas Tina are pretty cool. Here is a screenshot of a Winning Times win I had that Spearmaster and Simmo! were witness to :D

    http://www.casinomeister.com/images/photos/vegas2006/jackpot_winning_times.jpg

    I cover some of these and more in last September's Vegas review:
    http://www.casinomeister.com/newsletter/2006/28september2006.html


    Good luck and have fun!
     
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  12. Mar 30, 2007
  13. JlSpitFirelC

    JlSpitFirelC Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Oh wow.. The Meister himself helped. Thanks :D

    I will follow everything you say... *because if I don't I'll be banned, right?* jk

    Thanks a bunch! I'm checking out those sites now.

    Edit:
    Big Win!! You are my hero. :oops:
     
  14. Mar 30, 2007
  15. ballysdb

    ballysdb Dormant account

    Occupation:
    automotive biller
    Location:
    Long Island NY
    Ahhh...Haywire. That was my first big jackpot in a casino. At Tropicana, actually it was called Tropworld back then. I won $1600.00. I have always loved the old favorites...Wild Cougar, Little Green Men, Winning Bid. Are the slots there the lottery style machines? Anyway have a great time. P.S. I also light up a cig everytime I hit a bonus round!
     
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  16. Mar 30, 2007
  17. JlSpitFirelC

    JlSpitFirelC Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    :oops: I thought I was unique by doing that.. Awesome!

    Today is killing me though... As I said before, my parents are going to Atlantic City for the weekend and when they do I typically just put 50 on a casino or poker room to get my mind off the fact that they are losing tons of money. (LOL) They must be though because they get so many comps.

    Anyway I'm dying here because I have to patiently wait for next Friday without spending much.

    Sadly I don't have a real chance to do anything else around here because I have to take care of the dogs while my parents are gone.

    I have decided that I will be cleaning the house this weekend *Takes about 5-6 hours, but hey I couldn't stand the job our old cleaning woman did.* -Sort of a clean freak.- But I get paid $70 for it, so I have no complaints. :p

    And aside from that I am going to venture into my brother's room that he left a filthy mess when he moved out to his own home... and I am being paid between $50-$100 for that depending on the job I do. So, that should kill time and between that and my daily workouts and laying outside in the sun, I may just remain partially sane by next week.

    *Maybe*

    P.S.
    Ok.. My parents just got this comp'd cruise thing in the mail from an Atlantic City casino.. That means they lost how much money?

    Seriously, I always ask them when they get back and they change the subject, I need numbers people.

    :p
     
  18. Mar 30, 2007
  19. lojo

    lojo Banned User - repetitive violations of <a href="ht

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    Well Jeff,

    The number is 0, zero, nonya! :D

    But if you wanna know what you can expect, different games have different rates, you are rated at different times when you play, etc., you have to ask a host how and when you will be rated, and a nice tip can get you great info. I get anywhere between 20-50% of my losses (50% was a rarity in one of the last places you'd expect downtown Vegas)
    I usually get around ten bucks an hour back on ten dollar bets at roulette.

    But remember, you do not have to lose to get comps! It's based on your play, not wins or losses, so maybe your folks are not losing at all :D

    edit... oh yeah, ever look at the room price in the megacasinos posted on the motel door? I've had that used against my comps... over $400 a night when in fact without comps mid-week you can get the room for anywhere from 70-170 a night. But it's a comp, right?
     
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  21. JlSpitFirelC

    JlSpitFirelC Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Yes, They even have their own little cheery guy who calls the house every freaking day. *Wants to kill Jim* lol

    But yea it's all free to them.. as far as I know.
     
  22. Mar 30, 2007
  23. lojo

    lojo Banned User - repetitive violations of <a href="ht

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    Tradesman
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    Casino telemarketer? :lolup: Okay, Host:D

    What I meant to say is that you get comps whether you win or lose.

    Figure 40% of expected loss. Based on EV (house edge) of particular games played. But it can vary greatly. And it's hard to know, if you don't ask, how and when you are being rated. Some just do it overall based on a 'clubcard', others, you can go to a table, ask about ratings and comps, give them your card and bet large for awhile to get a better rating overall. ime

    We only go four or five times a year, and spread it out over toooo many casinos to get good comps for the most part.
     
  24. Mar 30, 2007
  25. liquidsoap

    liquidsoap Dormant account

    Occupation:
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    Location:
    home
    I am heading to mountaineer tommoroow!!!
    Can't wait!!!
    Flordia derby is running tommorow also too. :)
     
  26. Mar 30, 2007
  27. lojo

    lojo Banned User - repetitive violations of <a href="ht

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    Good Luck and have a great time:thumbsup:

    Reno Sunday for us. Don't see any pony action yet but will look in the book. MLB opening and NCAA... probably stick to roulette and some slots, but ya never know.
     
  28. Mar 31, 2007
  29. EasyRhino

    EasyRhino Dormant account

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    San Diego
    Jeffers, I was going to recommend doing a little study on a game like blackjack, but WV doesn't have table games yet, does it? Are there going to have any actual horse racing going on? I'm have no idea how horse betting works, but I had a good time at the track the one time I went.

    And, and also, EIGHT HUNDRED DOLLAR FOR AN EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD!?!

    Cripes.
     
  30. Mar 31, 2007
  31. JlSpitFirelC

    JlSpitFirelC Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    lol.. Ive done horse betting several times.. There is a track about 30-45 mins away from my house.

    Table games won't be in West Virginia until later this year unfortunately, but I am nothing special at blackjack. My brother told me to stay away from roulette because he had a bad streak on it and I tend to listen to my brother on most things.

    $800 dollars for an almost 19 year old that is. Yes, I agree $800 dollars could be considered a lot for me to be gambling with, but as I said earlier, I only will bring/wager what I am alright with losing.

    I suppose you could say the value of a dollar to me is slightly different than it is to other people my age because of how I came to understand it from my brother. He always made money through a number of online business ventures and the way I noticed, was that you had to do...

    You know what? Just take my word for it..

    I only risk the most of what I should allow myself. :oops:
     
  32. Apr 1, 2007
  33. lojo

    lojo Banned User - repetitive violations of <a href="ht

    Occupation:
    Tradesman
    Location:
    USA
    Hope the Ponies were good to liquid today:thumbsup:

    I get maybe a couple hours sleep before the adrenaline of the jets. (I hate flying, especially hungover)

    I'll be the guy who made or busted on the wheel to cover the last two and a half months of BULLSH*T!

    I'm not going to 'quit gambling' when I get back but i am going to re-examine my priorities: win or lose.

    If it isn't fun, why do it?
     
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  34. Apr 1, 2007
  35. BingoT

    BingoT Nurses love to give shots webmeister

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    Hartford,Ct
    Hope you have great luck.

    Hope you have great luck.
    Boy no one ever says they are going to Foxwoods or the Mohegan Sun in here lol.
    I'm almost out the door to spend the night at the Sun tonight.
    Come on lets go and come to the casino's here in CT.
     
  36. Apr 1, 2007
  37. ballysdb

    ballysdb Dormant account

    Occupation:
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    Location:
    Long Island NY
    Hey Bingo! I go to Mohegan Sun alot. I just don't have any extra money right now or I would be there. Next time I gamble that is where I'll be. I love A/C but with the new smoking rules (can only smoke in 25% of the casino floor) I cant see driving 3 hours to fight over a jam packed area of the slot floor with angry smokers such as myself! I understand how non smokers feel, and they deserve areas without smoking... I just used to love going there and being free to light up in the halls or on the escalator, basically anywhere I wanted to. Of course I USED to be able to smoke and gamble right on my couch but that is gone now too...I was just looking on my computer at Yonkers Raceway and "casino". They have the lottery type machines. Did you know you only have to be 18 to play there?
     
  38. Apr 1, 2007
  39. tim5ny

    tim5ny Quit Gambling

    I used to make the trek to those 2 casinos twice a week for the longest time. 4 1/2 hours drive each way. Not anymore! One time I even forgot my wallet and didn't notice until I got there. I had something else in my back pocket and thought it was my wallet when I felt for it before I left, but when I arrived I reached for my wallet and out came a brush. I had to turn around and come home. That was a nice 9 hours!

    While I'm on that note, another time years ago I drove to Atlantic City and let my daughter stay at her friend's house for the night and then they would go to school together the next morning. Drove the 6 1/2 hours and called her when I got there to make sure she was okay. She was only about 6 yrs. old then. She told me that she wasn't feeling well, so I hopped in the car and drove back after throwing a couple hundred in the 5 dollar VP as fast as I could. No enjoyment that night either.
     

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