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    If you are going somewhere and plan on playing the casinos you might take a look at playback percentages, as every fraction of a point can mean the difference between a night on the town on the casino dime or ending up with a snarling she bear in the rental car next to you... Slot Machine Payback Statistics
    The tribal casinos in your state do not give out their playback percentages-but if they are like the tribals in my area they have gotten greedy.
    The best slots we have played have been in Northern Nevada (Carson City and Minden-Reno is great but watch your ass!); and Colorado (Blackhawk the mapas only, Cripple Creek anywhere). Vegas we did way better on the strip than anywhere else but-"been there done that" and we are unlikely to go back.
    Would like to hear from other Rails on this subject (two kinds of people in my world-Rails and other Rail types, and WHIMPS).
    Blizz
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    Last edited by blizzard07; 07-17-2013, 07:06 PM.

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    Last time I was at an Indian casino I inadvertently sat down at one of those physical nickle payout machines. With maybe two dollars in I won a $350 jackpot and the machine started to dump nickles into a tray that could hold maybe $40 worth. No freggin' buckets to be found anywhere and when I asked a passing waitress for one she seemed very surprised I won. I should have known by the lack of coin buckets winning wasn't a regular thing...

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jonnyseeandoh
      I only played slots once at Cherokee, NC. Since I wasn't overly endowed with cash, I resolved to get a roll of quarters and play til I either ran out of money or won a big sum. Well, I didn't win a big sum, but I won a decent bonus enough times that playing my winnings I was able to keep going for two hours. I reckon I played through two hundred bux, and it only cost me twenty! You have to measure your experience not just by whether you win big, but whether you had fun with the amount you invested.
      Good stategy bro, Vegas was built on dreamers going after "The Big Kahuna."
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      • #4
        Originally posted by RadioGuy View Post
        Last time I was at an Indian casino I inadvertently sat down at one of those physical nickle payout machines. With maybe two dollars in I won a $350 jackpot and the machine started to dump nickles into a tray that could hold maybe $40 worth. No freggin' buckets to be found anywhere and when I asked a passing waitress for one she seemed very surprised I won. I should have known by the lack of coin buckets winning wasn't a regular thing...
        Some of the Tribal casinos have a fair payback-but for the most part? Not so much so.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by RadioGuy View Post
          Last time I was at an Indian casino I inadvertently sat down at one of those physical nickle payout machines. With maybe two dollars in I won a $350 jackpot and the machine started to dump nickles into a tray that could hold maybe $40 worth. No freggin' buckets to be found anywhere and when I asked a passing waitress for one she seemed very surprised I won. I should have known by the lack of coin buckets winning wasn't a regular thing...
          Well, at least you didn't win $350 worth of pennies!!
          You'd have needed a 5 gallon bucket and a hand truck to haul that to the cashier!!
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          • #6
            Originally posted by blizzard07 View Post
            If you are going somewhere and plan on playing the casinos you might take a look at playback percentages, as every fraction of a point can mean the difference between a night on the town on the casino dime or ending up with a snarling she bear in the rental car next to you
            I probably should have checked that out before I went to Vegas last month! I didn't do good at all. I started play at Caesar's Palace but could not even get small hits. I did much better across the street at Harrah's. Eventually I realized that the farther away from the strip you got the better the odds seems to be. Oh well live and learn.

            The week I was in Vegas I kept comparing the gambling to Cherokee, NC. The casino in Cherokee is owned by Caesars/Harrah's gaming and so is most of the Vegas strip so to me it's kinda easy to compare. It feels to me that money goes way farther at Cherokee than Vegas. Plus the comps and benefits seem to be greater and earned at higher rates at Cherokee. It's funny really because I played at Cherokee for years thinking I couldn't wait to get to the "real" casinos in Vegas. Turns out I was already at one of the best ones around.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Cornly View Post
              I probably should have checked that out before I went to Vegas last month! I didn't do good at all. I started play at Caesar's Palace but could not even get small hits. I did much better across the street at Harrah's. Eventually I realized that the farther away from the strip you got the better the odds seems to be. Oh well live and learn.

              The week I was in Vegas I kept comparing the gambling to Cherokee, NC. The casino in Cherokee is owned by Caesars/Harrah's gaming and so is most of the Vegas strip so to me it's kinda easy to compare. It feels to me that money goes way farther at Cherokee than Vegas. Plus the comps and benefits seem to be greater and earned at higher rates at Cherokee. It's funny really because I played at Cherokee for years thinking I couldn't wait to get to the "real" casinos in Vegas. Turns out I was already at one of the best ones around.
              Downtown Vegas generally plays better, and as a rule of thumb the less whistles and bells a casino has the better. Henderson was OK, but the neighborhood is crime ridden and unless you have a Nevada Concealed Carry Permit it might be better to avoid this one. I have heard good things about North Vegas but have yet to check it out. You place in Cherokee SC might be your best bet as you know the place. Going into a town cold will naturally put you at a disadvantage no matter how good the playback percentages. Is your Cherokee SC casino a wet casino? As a rule of thumb wet casinos play better late at night for some reason (provided you are stone cold sober that is!)
              Last edited by blizzard07; 07-23-2013, 09:04 AM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by blizzard07 View Post
                Is your Cherokee SC casino a wet casino? As a rule of thumb wet casinos play better late at night for some reason (provided you are stone cold sober that is!)
                Cherokee is wet but you have to pay for it even while gambling. Even so, I agree that it's better playing late at night. I also don't like crowds so I always enjoy the late night/early morning gaming.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by blizzard07 View Post
                  The tribal casinos in your state do not give out their playback percentages-but if they are like the tribals in my area they have gotten greedy.
                  The best slots we have played have been in Northern Nevada (Carson City and Minden-Reno is great but watch your ass!); and Colorado (Blackhawk the mapas only, Cripple Creek anywhere). Vegas we did way better on the strip than anywhere else but-"been there done that" and we are unlikely to go back.
                  Would like to hear from other Rails on this subject (two kinds of people in my world-Rails and other Rail types, and WHIMPS).
                  Blizz
                  I don't have much experience the tribal casinos but Washington and Oregon seem loaded with them. The one I've been going to seems pretty good for gaming. It's called Wildhorse Casino and it's in Pendleton, Oregon. I've had some pretty good luck while playing and even hit a jackpot this Father's day.

                  Of course I'm new to the area and sadly no longer a railroader However there seems to be a pretty heavy BNSF presence in these parts. Maybe some of them could chime in!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Cornly View Post
                    I don't have much experience the tribal casinos but Washington and Oregon seem loaded with them. The one I've been going to seems pretty good for gaming. It's called Wildhorse Casino and it's in Pendleton, Oregon. I've had some pretty good luck while playing and even hit a jackpot this Father's day.

                    Of course I'm new to the area and sadly no longer a railroader However there seems to be a pretty heavy BNSF presence in these parts. Maybe some of them could chime in!
                    "Once a rail always a rail." I wear some RR hats, pins, jackets and the like out and you bump into a bro or two every now and again. I am retired, but my friends these days are mostly rails and I still catch meetings as often as possible.
                    At any rate...casinos..... Here is a forum you can pick some sometimes useful buzz off; Slot Machines Forum
                    We once cancelled a trip to a New York casino because of the universally bad reports on it off this site.
                    Blizz

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by blizzard07 View Post
                      "Once a rail always a rail." I wear some RR hats, pins, jackets and the like out and you bump into a bro or two every now and again. I am retired, but my friends these days are mostly rails and I still catch meetings as often as possible.
                      At any rate...casinos..... Here is a forum you can pick some sometimes useful buzz off;
                      We once cancelled a trip to a New York casino because of the universally bad reports on it off this site.
                      Blizz
                      That's funny because it has never crossed my mind to wear something with NS on it. I think I've spent so much time hoping like hell nobody from NS saw me at the casino that it's still an instinct to hide a little. But great Idea, I think I'll try that.

                      Also that's a great link, looks like lots of useful info. Thanks!

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