Saturday, 22 February 2020

20-Year Wait to win $2.4 Million on the Slots

Whether you go to Las Vegas or play online slots we all love to hear about those big winners. 

You may wish to go to The Strip but these days gamblers love to sit at home and play the slots for fun and who knows they may even strike it rich. I know you love the film Dirty Dancing but did you know one well-known bookmaker has a slot machine based on this popular theme called Dirty Dancing at bet365.  

Fingers crossed you get lucky. Here's an interesting question. How long do you have to wait for a slot machine to payout its big prize? Well, it varies from one slot to the next. Las Vegas. You may have heard of Lion's Share slot machine which resides on the ground floor of the MGM Grand. 

It's one of 50 machines installed in the early 1990s. In fact, this one-armed bandit is so popular it has people lining up for hours to play. 

The incredible part of the story is that for 20 years this slot machine hadn't paid its top prize. 

That was until Walter and Misco of New Hampshire, USA, thought they would change their luck one Friday evening.  

After 5 minutes and $3 Dollars, they won $2.4 MILLION

Sometimes you just need a bit of luck to win big. 

The Lion's Share slot machine had a reputation for being stubborn. I mean, how long do you have to wait for something to give? 

Twenty years to pay the jackpot. Perhaps there was a little bit of lady luck involved in this substantial win as it was his wife, Misco, who suggested they play. 

So we have seen a big winner. But what about a big-time loser. 

The woman who was offered a steak dinner instead of $43 MILLION Jackpot!

Seems too strange to be true. Katrina Bookman thought she had won big but casino bosses claimed the machine had a malfunction. Unsurprisingly, she declined the free steak meal and sued.  

The case continues. 

5 Ways to Hit the Jackpot

Need a touch of inspiration? From winning the jackpot to being offered a steak for a malfunction. I think I need a drink with both. But let's take a look at one expert's opinion on how to win on the slots.

1 Give it time. Playing on the slots online. If you see an announcement of a big win wait a while because it's unlikely you are going to win soon after. 

2 All machines work on a cycle - they have to pay at some time. They often pay out in a short period of time so if you get that elusive win there may well be more to come. 

3 Play the slot games that are most popular and getting a lot of attention to punters. 

4 Don't play a game too long. 

5 Play the high limit slot machines They cost more but they pay out more. 

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Why Going to the Racecourse can Make Your Betting Pay

Why Going to the Racecourse can Make Your Betting Pay
With the introduction of the betting exchanges, many professional gamblers stayed in the sanctuary of their home. Soon, working from a laptop become the norm while going to the racecourse pointless if not alien. 

Sure going to the races was fun. Who doesn't like the atmosphere, crowd, bookmakers and entertainment? Sad as it may seem, but that is how many of the boys and girls who bet on the exchanges go. 

I talk to informed gamblers. It's always interesting to listen to their views. I am wise enough to listen to people. Too many people don't have that quality and, perhaps, that's the reason why they make mistakes. Everyone has strength and weakness. Some become complacent because they think they know it all. Isn't that what happens to businesses who don't evolve? Blockbusters held the market position and purse to go in any direction they wished, but they just keep looking straight ahead proving the blinkers weren't such a good idea.   

So, betting at the racecourse isn't what it used to be. 

However, aren't professional gamblers missing out by not visiting the racecourse?

You bet your bottom pound they are!

Isn't it funny reading about drones flying above racecourses so they can use the information to back or lay. These things happen because at some level it leads to advantage. And even a minimal advantage can mean big profits.   

You don't need to have a drone to visit your local course worthwhile. 

I follow the two-year-old horse racing and of all times it is paramount to observe how horses behave. Just because a horse cost $1000,000, owned by Cheveley Park Stud and trained by Sir Michael Stoute doesn't mean it will not misbehave. As Jason Weaver likes to tell us ''the first day at school' can see an array of behaviours. With little coverage of most racing paddocks or seeing horses go down to the start, you can be at the mercy of a hot favourite being as cold as ice when it comes to winning. Even being at the course doesn't mean you will always be wise to these events. However, you are likely to appreciate a problem in the paddock. Not only a horse's behaviour but how it looks. Fillies come in all shapes and sizes. Not surprising, they usually lack compared to the colts. However, the betting doesn't always detail these factors which become apparent in the paddock ten minutes before the off.

I remember seeing a debutant racing on debut at Yarmouth for trainer Mike de Cock. This filly was in the first three favourites but not for long. She was a very weak-looking horse if not a touch ugly. Compared with the opposition, she didn't look great and that fact was quickly shown in the market drifting from about 5/1 - 10/1. I must admit, I wouldn't have backed the horse on viewing it which may have been probable sitting at home watching the betting on the exchange. Certainly, those who bet before the horses come into the paddock would have been caught. That's the gamble. Apart from those connected with the stable, no one knew what the filly looked like. She could have been the best-looking filly in the race - but she wasn't!

The horse did little. 

How many horses could you have drawn a line through race after race? No one is saying that every temperamental horse is going to lose than an ugly duckling may turn into a swan. But it pays to be informed. Well, that's the power of being at the course.

Anyway, I think you get my jist. 

As I keep saying, knowledge is power. It's the equivalent of watching someone poking around a light switch. If you see it happening, you're not surprised when the lights go off. 

With every aspect of gambling, there are both plus and minus. However, for the full picture you either need to witness these happening or appreciate that they might be and you are unaware. 

Monday, 4 February 2019

The Day My Brother Won £4,000 for £20

Winning big with Patient Speculation
It's the kind of bet you just dream about. To bet just £20 in the hope of winning £4,000. 

I know it sounds a flight of fancy. Surely such bets never happen?

It simply cannot be done. 

Now I'm not saying it is easy to find such a horse but make no mistake it happens on a daily basis to some lucky punter. The favourite doesn't win every race: sometimes that win goes to the least fancied of all horses - the outsider.  

I've had a few big wins in my time. My brother is a past master of latching onto a winning angle by spotting a big, big, no bigger than that, priced winner. In fact, he has done it a number of times. 

Remember a horse called Puggy, trained by Roy Kvisla? I doubt it! However, readers may remember the trainer in the UK for two or three seasons venturing from his homeland in Sweden where he still trains today. 

You have to go back a number of years when this two-year-old made his debut in 2006. However, it is a day which sticks in the memory. 

This daughter of Mark Of Esteem cost 75,000G at the yearling sales. She turned out to be a real star turn who progressed to race at Group class at two and even competed in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, finishing 8th, beaten just eight lengths. 

Take a look at her race record here.  

The dream bet. 

What a day. Tony has always been very good at spotting a decent horse just by its look, physique, presence.... It's one of those things that is difficult to put into words but he has found many winners priced 100/1+ when betting on the exchanges. I know it sounds incredible but I can guarantee it is true. 

3:20 Salisbury (31st August 2006) European Breeders Fund Quidhampton Maiden Fillies' Stakes

I didn't even know he was having a bet! The strange thing is that he didn't even know until about five minutes before the off. 

Watching on the TV he noticed Puggy. A good-looking filly. He had that certain feeling. Kvisla was such a new trainer to the UK and bookmakers simply wrote off his chances and priced his horses as if they had no ability. That was a lesson some layers would learn to regret. 

Puggy wasn't some cheap buy, she had good breeding, and was priced with bookmakers at odds of 66/1. 


Mega odds. 

I had no idea of any of this until I received a phone call a few minutes after the race. I had been watching the race myself as I follow the two-year-old racing. 

He sounded very excited. 

This is what he said:

''I just had a bet on Puggy. I bet £20 on Betfair at odds of 200/1 and won £4000.''

He was ruing his luck because he tried to place another bet of £20 in-running at similar odds but the bet wasn't taken. 

All because he liked the look of a horse.

Puggy won by one-and-a-half lengths, readily. It was the only race she ever won. Not because she was limited, simply because she raced at the highest level. She was beaten at Listed class on her second start by a short head, placed third behind Finsceal Bio in the Rockfel Stakes (Group 2) at Newmarket. This bay raced fourteen times in her career and achieved a highest official rating of 102. 

As a broodmare, she passed on her ample ability to Avenir Certain. Sired by Le Havre, she cost just 45,000E at the yearling sales. Trained by J-C Rouget, in France, she won her first six races including two Group 1 successes. She achieved an official rating of 112 when finishing third at Newmarket in 2015. Her total earnings: £864,922.

Sometimes those big priced winners do happen. 

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Psychology of Slot Machines

PSYCHOLOGY OF SLOT MACHINESThe old-style fruit machines. 

Just a bit of fun. I doubt too many addicts would agree. However, the mentality of gamblers varies from one extreme to the other. Some bet and walk away, while others simply cannot stop pulling that one-armed bandit or pressing a flashing button until they are broke. 

Interesting how people vary so much. People do their own thing. Some, I guess, are more likely to be addicted to gambling or a certain type of gamble. When over 50% of the population bet, it is a worry for those who realise too late that a ''seemingly'' innocent pastime has cost them their home, marriage and life. 

Fruit machines are one of the most addictive forms of gambling. 

As a child, I used to go to Caister-on-sea for our annual holiday. Every September, missing the first week of the new school year because dad loved his racing at Great Yarmouth. Holidays were cheaper. I didn't like school so I would have opted for one long holiday fifty-two weeks a year. Anyway, the arcade on the holiday camp was ideal for two brothers who liked the look of the fruit machines. It was in the 1970s so we were talking pretty basic stuff. They even had a few of those old, chromed numbers with the Indian head, the class one-armed bandits which these days are collector's items and go for a few grand a piece. We were in our element. A pocket of twopences and motivated by the lights, noise of coins paying out willingly. The smell of hot dogs drifting in the air. Mum and dad listening to the entertainment. Dad with his brown and mild. Happy times. We played those machines with spirit. Not sure, thinking back, what was going through my mind. I guess it was the thought of winning. When you have a pound's worth of change in your pocket anything seems possible! 

Win or lose it didn't make any great difference. Basically, it was fun. I don't regret betting or my parents suggesting it was okay or acceptable. Like father like son. I will be forever proud of my dad.    

In some respects, betting from such an early age may have been a good thing. It brought a realisation that to win at gambling you need to have intelligence and discipline. By the time I was a teenager I was bored to death with fruit machines. I realised they were fixed odds, so long term you simply couldn't win. 

I hadn't played a slot machine in years but thought I'd have a bit of fun on Saturday evening. I use Betfair for betting horses on the exchange but they have everything on the website including online slots. 

I thought I'd bet a tenner. 

Slot machines are very different from the good, old days. But one thing that came to mind was the amount of psychological research which must go into making these games big money makers from casinos, bookmakers or whoever sets these businesses up.

They are made to keep you betting and they have cracked that aspect of betting without question.  

I won £200, so good luck favours the brave. Stopped playing and very much doubt I will be playing for a good few months.  

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Great Yarmouth Grosvenor Casino Heading To Shadingfield Lodge

In the next two weeks, I will be travelling back to West Palm Beach, Florida. A change from our cold British weather to the tropics. Fifty days of paradise. Best of all, I get to see my beautiful Marlene. 

Before I leave, I've booked a night's stay at the Nelson Hotel at Great Yarmouth. I usually go to the Andover Hotel but I'm going with my brothers. At £65 for a family room and breakfast included it is perfect for a night away. 

So why are we going to Yarmouth?

As usual, it's one of two things: horse racing or the Grosvenor casino (often both). Well, there's no racing at this time of the year [being a Flat turf course]. We're having a night at the casino. I do enjoy this listed building. Shadingfield Lodge was built in the Victorian era and even frequented by Queen Victoria's son and future king of England Edward VII. 

Enough of the history lesson. 

The casino has a touch of class and the staff always bend over backwards to keep you happy. 

Now we know any casino can be a place where you go in all dressed up and come out losing your shirt. That doesn't need to be the case if you have discipline. You can enjoy a night out and it really doesn't need to cost much at all. In fact, with a touch of luck, you can return home with money in your pocket. 

I always play roulette. Saying that I have played three card poker. I  have been lucky and won a couple of times but the casino rake is on the high side especially if you play pair plus. To be honest, you will do well not to lose playing three card poker. I've had some seriously good hands and still wasn't pleased with the money I won. It is a very difficult game to win over an evening. 

Roulette is the best of all games to play at the casino. I think the take out is low which means if you have a touch of luck you can win. I always bet on a single number and corner. I simply look to see which number has come up a few times in the last two or three hours and stick with it. There is no logic to why the number should be any better than the other but it seems the case the same numbers come up on an evening. I've had plenty of evenings where the same number has come up four or five times. It's like getting a prial on three card poker. For that to happen on an evening of playing cards is exceptionally unlikely. 

Anyway, we will be heading to Great Yarmouth in the next two weeks and see if lady luck comes walking through the room. 

Those fifty pence chips go a long way. 

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Big Bets at the Casino

Not seen her at the casinoSo you love to bet at the casino. 

I wonder if you change up £50 cash for 50p chips or are you a high roller who likes to have a wedge and doesn't peel off anything less than a BIG NOTE. 

You don't need to go to Montecarlo to see people betting cash like is going out of fashion. While some of us go to the charity shops and thrift stores to find a three-piece suit others go to Savile Row. It's funny that so often the worst dressed punter is the big spender. I imagine they have better things to do than think which tie goes with which shirt. Plain. Stripes. Bow tie. Who wants to be the best-dressed man losing cash off the hip? If you were a chef you would be more cordoned off than cordon bleu. Noir cassoulet!

I guess many people love brick and mortar casinos. Sometimes you just want to sit at home, put your feet up and have a little flutter at this website

So what did you notice the last time you went to the casino? There is plenty going on. Blackjack, roulette, slots, 3-card poker...and a few strange Chinese games I don't know how to play or even what they are called. Funny. I always notice the Chinese punters enjoy a good bet. (Rarely well dressed).

Winning or losing - comes quickly AT THE CASINO.

I have been very lucky at Great Yarmouth. My lucky single number and corner. Clearly, it is just about being lucky. Every number has an equal chance of coming up on the roulette. You wouldn't think so when you see the numbers in an evening. Hot numbers. Cold numbers. A couple of frosty ones stuck in the deep freeze nestled against a random brussel sprout an escapee from last Christmas. Those numbers send shivers down the spine of the eternal optimist: ''It hasn't come up after 5000 spins.'' Yes, it will when you leave the table!

How do I get lucky?

No shamrock, four-leaved clover...rabbit foot sprinkled with moon dust. Although the latter is quite novel.

No. Just my lucky number and corner. How do I find my lucky number? I simply look to see which number has come up a couple of times in the last half hour and stick with that religiously. It's like watching paint dry. However, you need one touch of luck early and you are winning like a popcorn machine that's gone wrong. If nothing much goes right and you have a thirst like you've got lost in the desert - stop playing after losing £30. If you hit on a winner...give it a few more bets and ride your luck. 

The last time I was playing small money and over two nights won £130. I'm not one of these loons who says it's a winning system. There isn't one on fixed odds. The longer you play the more likely you are to lose. That's why you want to play for an hour or two at most. Hope for the best and pray you are lucky. 

Believe it or not, I'm actually winning money at the casino and I must have been over 20 times. 

Good luck. 

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Not by a Long Shot: A Season at a Hard-Luck Horse Track

It sounds too good to be true. 

American, Jesus Leonardo, walked into a betting shop without placing a bet and walked out with $9,500. 

The man from Midtown, Manhattan, makes a tidy profit from visiting bookmaker's and racetracks, sorting through betting slips thrown in the bins or scattered on the floor. He's known as a ''stooper'' and pockets cash by picking up tickets that others have thrown away as rubbish. 

In fact, over the years he estimates he has collected nearly half a million dollars. When you consider that uncashed winning tickets at bookmakers and racetracks in New York totalled more than $8.5 million over a two-year period there seems ample opportunity to take advantage of others misfortune. 

''It's difficult enough to find winners but these people have won and thrown their winning betting slip in the trash'' 

Jesus Leonardo has not even placed a bet.

He said: “It is literally found money,” he said on a recent night from his private winner’s circle. He spends more than 10 hours a day there, feeding thousands of discarded betting slips through a ticket scanner in a never-ending search for someone else’s lost treasure. 

“This has become my job, my life,” he said. “This is how I feed my family.”

“He’s a legend,” said Paul Pepad, 57, an out-of-work musician who lives in Manhattan. “Everyone knows that this is his turf, that all the tickets thrown out belong to him, period. It’s just been that way as long as I can remember.”

The fascinating endeavours of stoopers captured the interest of journalist T. D. Thornton who wrote a book in 2007: Not by a Long Shot: A Season at a Hard-Luck Horse Track.

He said: “Stoopers are the gleaners of the racetrack world. Stoopers have a relationship with horse tracks that goes back to the advent of parimutuel betting in the early 1930s. There is an unwritten code in racing that says stoopers are tolerated as long as they are not perceived as harassing or stalking customers.” “They are allowed to live on the fringes,” he added.

Leonardo says he makes a good living from stooping making from $100 - $300 a day and more than $45,000 ay year. 

He said: Last month, he cashed in a winning ticket from bets made on races at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., for $8,040. His largest purse came in 2006, when he received $9,500 from a Pick 4 wager (choosing the winners of four consecutive races) at Retama Park Race Track in Selma, Tex. It is all taxable income.

“I file my winnings with the I.R.S. every year,” Mr. Leonardo said in his thick Dominican accent.

Friend, Freddy Perguero, detailed:  

“Everybody in here loves Jesus,” he said. “When Jesus wins, we all eat, and we all drink. Jesus is a very generous man.” 

Once upon a wager on a race run at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, Mr. Leonardo, who lives in Wanaque, N.J., became a stooper by accident. In 1999, he walked into that same OTB parlor in Midtown and placed a bet. He watched the race, was sure he had lost and threw away his Pick 3 ticket. “But just as I was leaving, I looked up at the screen and realised an inquiry had been made,” he said, referring to a review of the race to check for possible rules infractions. “All of a sudden, the results changed and I actually won $900.”

He recalled the moment when trying to find his winning ticket almost in tears asking the manageress for help:   

“She said there was nothing she could do about it,” Mr. Leonardo said. “I was so upset, almost in tears. Finally, she said, ‘Look, if you want to take the garbage home with you and look for your ticket, go right ahead.’ ”

Amazingly, he couldn't find his winning $900 ticket but found two others worth almost $2000

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Mr. Leonardo, who had been supporting his family and his dream of writing songs by working odd jobs, including painting homes and cleaning windows. “I started thinking, there’s probably winning tickets thrown in the garbage every day.”

He decided it was a winning job and returned every day waiting for the betting shops to be placed at the curb and picking through hundreds of slips. 

“At first, my wife thought I was crazy, but then she realised I was finding a lot of money in winning tickets, sometimes $200 a day,” he said. “After a while, she didn’t think I was so crazy.”

He hasn't got any intention of stopping.

“Look here,” he said to Mr. Peguero after pulling a credit voucher from the machine for $6. “Another winner.”