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Steve still has not hit a jackpot29 April 2006
There is nothing the casino can do to tighten a machine while you're playing it, so the red light was definitely not to alert security to tighten the machine. Besides, security has nothing to do with the paybacks in the machines. They're there to ensure that no one is cheating and the patrons are safe. Furthermore, slots report their results back to the slot accounting system. If casinos could change a machine's payback while a machine is in use, wouldn't it make sense that they could do it without flashing a red light to alert the eye-in-the-sky?
Nevertheless, I think the red light was blinking to alert security. I suspect the slot attendant neglected to insert her ID card or enter her ID code into the machine before opening it. That's an unauthorized door opening and security may be required to investigate. In some casinos, an unauthorized door opening causes a camera to automatically zoom in on the machine.
Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
I'm sorry to hear that you still haven't hit a jackpot.
You said something that is absolutely not true. You are NOT more likely to hit a jackpot now that you've had so many non-jackpot spins. It is true that you are more likely to have hit a jackpot the more spins you've played. The probability of hitting a jackpot are the same on every spin.
You have fallen prey to The Gambler's Fallacy. You're not due to hit. Your chances of hitting a jackpot have not changed since you began. You are not "REALLY, REALLY likely" to hit a jackpot.
You may be committing bankroll suicide by playing dollar and up machines. Make sure you have the bankroll to play those machines.
Finally, I don't know what was in the e-mail you sent to Harrah's, but if the contents were so volatile that they decided you were no longer welcome on their property, maybe it's time to stop chasing a jackpot and find a different hobby.
At least take a deep breath and remember that you're supposed to be having fun when you play the slots. The results are all random. And it's possible that you may never hit a jackpot.
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