Birthday Casino Run

My birthday was actually on Valentine’s day and I spent it cooped up in my house with my son – who less than gracefully tore ligaments in his ankle this past Thursday night skateboarding.  After an evening at the ER, I had to call into work and spend all day Friday waiting on him, hand and injured foot, as he couldn’t get out of bed. By Saturday morning I was ready to get out and spend the day at the casino to see if birthday luck would shower down upon me.

To start the day my mom brought me a bamboo plant which is supposed to bring fortune and prosperity. I tore a leaf off and stuck in in my bra…yeah, I did that.  After grabbing some Starbucks, my husband, my dad and I made our way the 1.5 hr drive to Choctaw in Durant OK – getting there around 1130am.  We had only budgeted $300 for the day between my husband and I.  I’m not sure what my dad started with.  My husband made a b-line for the Michael Jackson machine and the first machine I played was the new Buffalo Stampede.  I was betting 75 cents a spin and after a few spins I got the Stampede bonus. It retriggered a few times, you can see the whole bonus round below.  I love to see them run across the screen an hear people yelling “BUFFALO!”  I took my small bonus win and walked away.  In the meantime my Dad sat at the one next to me, not sure exactly able to figure it out completely and after several dead spins he decided it wasn’t for him.  I’m not a regular fan of the Buffalo slots but I liked it and will be sure to seek it out in Vegas in a few months.  I might even play some of the older ones that everyone seems to enjoy so much.

After that I went to check on my husband.  He had already lost $60 in the Michael Jackson slot and was plugging away at the new Ferris B. machine.  He’s a fan of the movie but that machine was brutal too.  I think he got a few bonuses that paid ZILCH and eventually lost another $40 or so in that.  No Ferris B for me thank you!  I went to seek out the G+ Deluxe machines.  I sat down at Laredo – which I can hardly find in Vegas anymore – and $20 lasted me quite a while.  I never got up past about $25 and never hit the bonus but cashed out at $10 and tried Kronos.  How I hate this machine. Nothing.  I was tempted to put more money into it but decided not to.  I found a Hercules machine which gave me a decent line hit and then played Spartacus.  I hate to love these machines.  They can be so good or so bad.  I never got the bonus but got this nice line hit:

I continued to play it a bit but wasn’t getting much out of it – oh how I wanted a bonus!!  But I never got one.  I finally tracked down my dad, who was watching his $$ disappear into the Lord Of The Rings, Return of the King slot.  While I waited for him, I sat down at one of those new Wonder 4 Superstar machines, which I had never played before.  I got a couple of bonuses that didn’t pay too much and nothing much more than that on regular play either.

We finally found my husband and he was playing Iron Man. Nothing was giving him much luck. By this point, my phone camera has ran my battery down to almost nothing and I had to save a little for when I found the Walking Dead machine. I played a bit of Bier Haus, got a small bonus (very small compared to the potential of this slot) as the guy next to me was on Napoleon & Josephine…he must’ve hit at least 5 huge bonuses in the short time I was sitting there. The machine just kept saying “Unbelievable!” “Incredible”! I wanted to slap him and his machine. My small Bier Haus bonus:

We finished up in that part of the casino and made our way to the newer, larger side.  My husband was leaving with only $20 of his bankroll left and I was leaving with almost all of mine.  So far the little leaf in my bra was helping out.  We were going to go have lunch but I spotted the Walking Dead slot on our way there, which I just HAD to play.  I was surprised to see that nobody was on them.  (I find out why) I sat down to play, put in $20 and started to spin.  I got a bonus pretty quickly and I was really excited.  All in all, this machine sucks.  A lot of hooplah for very little payout.  The line hits hardly pay anything and the bonus was crap too.  I’ll probably give it one more go when we are in Vegas next but it reminds me a lot of the Willy Wonka slot.  The casino manufacturers are making a killing on this tight ass machine.

In the meantime I proceeded to lose at a few more machines…I tried several G+ Deluxe games which didn’t pay me much.  I finally got a bonus on my favorite Mystical Unicorns and got a whole $2 out of it.  Woo hoo. I’m wasn’t sure what my husband was doing in the meantime but I found out later he was hitting up the only sure fire machine in the casino – the ATM.

The buffet was …eh, a buffet in an OK casino.  Use your imaginations.  My husband took off then my dad and I tried out a few older machines…an old Monopoly slot and a Press your Luck slot.  No luck for us.  My luck had taken a turn for the worse and I needed to find my husband to get more moolah.  Dad sat down at the new “Let’s Make a Deal” game and did really well.  He put in $5 and hit a bonus right away that paid pretty good.  Then he hit another, then another.  I went to get more money and when I came back, put a $20 in the machine next to him.  I didn’t hit one GD thing and was broke in less than 5 minutes.  I went off to look for something different to play and found a Miss Red slot.  I’d never played it before but I did ok and won a little on almost every spin.  Nature was calling and I had to make a bathroom run.  Just as I thought, when I came out my Miss Red machine was taken.  Dammit!

I went over to check on Dad and he had like $60 from his initial $5.  I convinced him to cash out and we went to find my husband.  On the way I stopped at Ghostbusters, hit a bonus for about $26.  Cashed out, then found my husband sitting at our evil nemesis Davinci Diamonds.  I looked at his credits and he had over $100!  I know he probably only started with $20 so he was on fire!  Of course I had to try so I sat down 2 machines down and played one too.  I played for a long time and doubled my money.  Again, my dad sits at the Rembrants Riches next to me, puts in $5 and hits for $40 on one spin.  I can’t believe it!

I’m keeping a close eye on my husband because I know he will run all those winnings back on through that machine in no time if I don’t convince him to cash out before it’s all gone.  He did put back about half of it.  We decided to start making our way back to the other side, where we had parked.  Passing the Dolly Parton machines, he just had to stop and she proceeded to kick his ass.  I sat down at one and hit a bonus right away for about $25.  The lady next to me got very upset and said she had just been playing that machine.  She cashed out of the one she was on and kept giving me dirty looks.  I told her I never have gotten a bonus on the Dolly machine before, which is true, but she seriously looked like she wanted to punch me in the face.

Time to go and what do I see but the Dirty Dancing slot that my husband just loves.  I told him to sit down and try it.  He has no luck but I sat down at the Elvis machine next to him and with 2 quick bonuses turned $10 into $115.  I love the Elvis one, it has always been nice to me.  Finally we decide to leave while we still had the same amount of $ we had taken out of the ATM.

We didn’t come out ahead but had enough small wins to at least not go over what we had originally budgeted for the day.  The extra $ went back into the savings for Vegas in May.  When we got home, I realized I had that leaf with me the whole time – my husband said that’s probably why I did ok whereas he lost his butt!  I realized out of my initial $160, I only truly lost $45.  He lost all of his portion!  Next time I’ll give him a leaf too.  Since he doesn’t wear a bra he will need to be a little creative about where he puts it!

About Jennifer Dockery

I’m Jennifer, married to David for nearly 15 wonderful years. We live in the hell-like barren desert of southern US, also known as Texas with our 2 teenagers. I work outside the home full time and I enjoy blogging, reading, cooking and playing guitar and piano. Our family loves to go on family vacations and we have a distinct love of all things Disney related. We would eat rice and beans for dinner for a whole year if it meant we could therefore take a long, fun filled, memory making vacation together. No, we’re not stupid that’s just how we roll. Please connect with me any which way, I'd be delighted to get to know you!

Posted on February 19, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. We go once in a blue moon to the casino .. When we went on our 50th anniv. trip this past July to Aruba on the second night after losing $100 (we had budgeted for entertainment) and on the way out I told my husband I wanted to play one more machine. I had been playing the penny machine…. He went to get something to drink while I played one last machine…the $1 machine. After about 10 pulls or so …. the little credit thing went nuts.. but no bells or whistles.. I didn’t know what was going on until one of the waiters passed and he said ‘hey that’s good eh’ I said ‘is it, I don’t know what I’ve won’… He said ‘$969 … by this time my husband was back and he said no… $9.69 and the guy said No… my husband though I was still on a one cent machine.. Anyway I did win the $969 and it paid for all our entertainment ‘plus’ ‘plus’ ‘plus’ for the whole week… it was Greattttt ! Diane

  2. I will try that too, I place a leaf somewhere before I buy my lottery ticket tomorrow. My dad said he would wear a bra ( even in public) when it helps him to beat the machine :o)

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