High Rollin’ in Las Vegas, Part 2: How I Made $7200/Hour on the Slots

It’s 1 a.m. in Las Vegas, and I’m headed home after having a few adult beverages and hanging out with friends. To reach the Lyft pickup zone, I have to walk through one of the casinos.

That’s when I realize, Hey… this would be a perfect time to spend the $20 I had set aside for gambling on this trip!

Vegas is silly – there are slots everywhere, including gas stations, 7-11s, and even the airport.

slots vegas airport

It’s time to try to parlay my twenty into big bucks.

Witnessing Victory on the Betty White Slots Machine

When it comes to Vegas, I’m a high roller. Several years ago, on my first Vegas trip, I gave myself a whopping $10 to gamble, which I promptly lost in a matter of minutes.

Since then, life has been good, so I’m able to give myself a more massive $20 to gamble this time. Look out posers, the big money gambler has arrived!

This is my second night in Vegas on this trip. So far, I’ve resisted the urge to gamble, despite running into a Betty White slots machine that is pretty much the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.

betty white slots machine

A friend plays Betty’s machine and doesn’t win anything. But the stranger seated at the Betty machine next to him walks away with an astounding $3700 on a single bet! Betty is a true Golden Girl on this night.

While the stranger waits for security to arrive to help him with his payout – apparently large jackpots like that have to be verified by a staffer – I study his screen and notice that he’s made the infamous “max bet.” I do some math in my head and realize that if he’d bet a smaller amount, he would only be walking away with $370. But because he went big, he won big. Okay, I think. Noted.

Playing the Cheap Slots

vegas casino machine

I decide to take a seat at one of the often-ignored penny slot machines in the hallway between the bar and the main gambling area. I haven’t seen anybody using these machines all weekend, so maybe they’re due for a winner.

I pop in the $20 bill and immediately press “max bet.” A max bet on this machine is about $3, so I calculate that I’ll only have seven spins before I’ll be broke. I figure that should take 60 seconds at most, and then I’ll be on my way home.

I make the first spin. And I hit. Big time. More than half my screen is filled with ‘Wild’ cards. So the machine starts cranking up my winnings. And it just keeps going and going. It finally stops at 5000 credits ($50). So I’ve won $30, plus the $3 back from my initial bet. Score!

At that point, after just 15 seconds at the machine, I’m up 150% on my investment. Without even giving it a second thought, I hit the “cash out” button. It feels like one of the greatest victories of my life, as if I’ve beaten the system!

high rollin cash out

If anybody was watching, I’m sure it was hilarious to see someone plop down at a machine, make one quick spin, cash out, and walk right to the booth to collect my winnings, all in less than 30 seconds.

I made thirty bucks in 15 seconds! That works out to $120/minute, or $7200/hour! I may be a novice, but I’m pretty sure most gamblers don’t escape this city with a $7200/hour profit margin. This time, I truly am a Vegas high roller.

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