Posted January 13th, 2012, 05:03 PM
Last edited by VideoTech; January 13th, 2012 at 05:13 PM
New to NCL
Other cruise lines that I have been on seem to loosen up the slots the first or second night out and then tighten them up.
Then leave 1 or 2 loose slots to keep interest going.
thoughts out there ?
This is a major urban myth. No casino, land or sea, alters the slot payouts by day or night, or at certain times of year, or during the course of a trip, or anything else. They have no reason to do this - the casino gets their money no matter when/where/how/who plays them, and regardless of the number of jackpots they payout. If they didn't they would be in the business...and I assure you, it's a VERY profitable business for them.
The casino does setup different machines at different payback percentages, all carefully calculated to insure they make their profit targets, while keeping you at the machines as long as possible. They do not change these percentages during the course of the trip. This is what "keeps the interest going" because there are some "looser" (i.e. higher payback) machines scattered around the casino.
Your feeling that they "seem" to loosen or tighten their slot machines is just that, a feeling that's brought on because our minds love to try and find orderly patterns in random events. But the wins and losses on the machines are always totally random, and the machine pays back exactly what it's set to payback over the course of time.
Your feeling of the machines being tightened up also comes about because the longer you play, the more likely you are to lose your money. So the first night, you play, you win some and lose some, and you're still doing ok. The second night, you play again, you win a little and you lose a little...and as you keep playing the machine does exactly what it's designed to do, taking your money a penny or a nickel or whatever at time...and as the days go on, your bankroll goes down, and you feel the machines have been made tighter. Not so. It's just the way the house edge works in gambling.
And yes, sometimes you get lucky and you hit a jackpot. But that can as easily happen on the first night or the last, and there is no pattern to it what so ever. As proof of this, I offer my last trip on the Dawn, when I played steadily for the entire cruise, slowly losing, and then on the next to last night, on machines that I'd been playing all week, I hit two jackpots.
So play and have fun with the money you can stand to lose. Here's hoping you hit a nice jackpot, but don't worry about what night you're playing!
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