Posted October 30th, 2012, 10:31 AM
And if I find a machine with nothing but a drink and an ashtray on it at a casino, and I want to play it, I do. The only two recognized signs of a machine that is being held is to find the chair leaning up against the machine, or to find a slot host standing there, holding the machine for someone.
This reminds me of something.
I play mostly at MGM in Detroit or Caesars Windsor across the river from Detroit in Canada. I very, very rarely see anyone prop a chair against a machine at MGM. Most people will leave something on the chair and their card in/on the machine. (I know that if you leave your slot card in the machine too long at MGM, it will be "locked," so that you have to have a slot attendant unlock it.) I think that propping a chair against a machine is a tripping hazzard, so I don't do it. At Caesars Windsor, the seats are stationary, so they cannot be moved.
After playing for some time, I occasionally have to use the restroom. I usually take my jacket/sweater off (always something I wouldn't care if I lost since one lady told me that she came back from the restroom to find a man trying to walk off with her jacket), hang it on the back of the chair and leave my card on the machine. I am never gone for more than five minutes.
One time, I came back to find my slot card removed from the slot machine, my jacket removed from the back of the chair and placed on the empty chair next to it, and a woman starting to play my machine. I asked her why she was playing my machine and didn't she see that it was occupied? She said she didn't think anyone was playing it since there were no credits on the machine (huh?), but she did move. So, on another trip when I needed to use the restroom, I left two credits (50 cents) on the machine. When I came back, they were gone.