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Slot Machine Hogs.

by Guide Bill Burton

Even if you only visit the casino occasionally, sooner or later you will run into a Slot Hog. For those of you who have not had the experience let me explain. A Slot Hog is a player who monopolizes several machines at a time when the casino is crowded. They will usually play the machines on both sides of the machine they are sitting at. Sometimes they only play an occasional coin every few minutes. If you try to sit down at one of the machines they will yell at you telling you it is their machine and they are playing it. While not so common in Las Vegas where there are many casinos to choose from, this happens a lot in locations where there are only a few casinos and a limited number of machines.

Many casinos I have visited in locations such as Connecticut or Atlantic City have signs posted advising "One machine per person when casino is busy." Unfortunately this policy is not always enforced. This can lead to some uncomfortable situations for players who are out for a little enjoyment at the casino. Some Slot Hogs can get downright nasty if you try to enter their space.

There is another situation that occurs which is just as aggravating. This is when a friend of the person playing is sitting next to them at an adjacent machine. They are not playing but refuse to move to allow you to play the machine. They will sometimes drop a token coin into the machine to make it look like they are playing.

When you come across this situation in the casino you may not have a lot of options as to how to handle the problem. Here are a few suggestions.

The first thing you can do is to ask the person nicely if they would share one of their machines with you. Sometimes it works best to smile and say something like; "Gee it's really busy here today. I haven't been able to find a machine. Would you mind sharing one of your machines until it gets a little less crowded in here?" If they refuse you have two courses of action.

You can simply walk away in search of finding a vacant machine or you can look for a slot attendant and ask them to explain the one machine per person policy to the Slot Hog. Sometimes a simple word from an authority figure will do the trick. However you have to be prepared to expect that sometimes after the slot attendant leaves the player may get a little testy. You may find yourself getting verbally abused or have smoke blown in your face or some such other form of retribution.

On the brighter side you may find a player willing to share once you ask them. Each situation will be different depending on the type of person that you encounter. The main thing to remember is that you are at the casino for your enjoyment. You will not have a good time if you end up in a fight with a Slot Hog.

The other advice I can give you is to avoid the casino during the busiest times. If you are planning a day trip you can plan to visit the casino earlier in the day. If you are going for a weekend avoid playing on Saturday night. I always plan non-gambling activities such as shows, dinner or site seeing when I take a gambling holiday. I do these on Saturday night when I know the casinos are crowded.

There is a discussion taking place on the Casino Gambling forum about how to handle Slot Hogs. Have you had any encounters with them? How do you handle the situation when it happens to you?  I have a set up a special poll to see which method people use in dealing with this situation.    Join the discussion and vote in the poll.

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