There’s really not much of a lead-in for this one as the most recent thread I could find is located here and didn’t really get a lot of action. However, I have been asked to do a review of the Youtube Channel, Dlucky Experience in Las Vegas, as it seems that my review of, “The Nutty Professor,” Professor Slots, which can be found here, did pretty well on traffic.
Is this going to be another case of slot system selling and scamming? I suppose we will just have to watch and find out. I’ll try to get some information on who DLucky is, try to hop and skip to videos on different subjects, see if he has any other sites out there or media outlets and then give the overall channel and information a grade based on the limited information that I will be able to gather. Evidently, he puts out a few videos a day.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT: I would also like to thank Poker Fraud Alert for their thread about the DLucky Experience. While I didn't directly get any provable information from the thread; the posts were certainly helpful in helping me know where to look.
WHO IS DLUCKY?
The first thing that I note from his Youtube Channel Description video is that he starts off by giving some disclaimers, so you always like to see that from a channel such as this:
Welcome to D Lucky Experience. All our content is made just for fun. On a daily basis we are posting our slot machine jackpot winners. We make no guarantees of hitting jackpots. However we hit double digit jackpots every single day.
We will normally post about 1 - 3 videos per day however on holidays and days off we might post more then usual.
To be apart of these videos you can check out our page by clicking the link below for more information. We make no guarantees.
I especially found this amusing, “We make no guarantees of hitting jackpots. However, we hit double digit jackpots every single day.”
Okay, which is it? Do you make no guarantees of hitting jackpots, or do you hit, “Double digit jackpots,” every single day? I assume that means he hits 10+ jackpots, ‘Every single day,’ which sounds like a guarantee that some jackpots will be hit to me.
No matter. At least he’s saying that the channel is just for fun.
He also adds:
Here is our slot machine DISCLAIMER:
This is just for fun.
Slots is not a way to earn $$$ if you are in need of it.
Odds are Against you.
Short, simple, sweet and true.
I guess we will have to dig deeper to find out if this is some sort of CYA type of disclaimer, or if DLucky is actually not purporting to be selling any secrets to winning at slots. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time someone made a disclaimer and then proceeded to do the exact thing that they were disclaiming.
Immediately, we determine (from going to DLucky’s other site, which won’t be linked) that he is selling something. The lead on his site sells ten minutes with him for the bargain basement price of $1,795.00/person, which is not refundable. I can’t imagine he will mind having his advertisement recreated, and this is Fair Use as it is in the context of a review anyway, so his full advertisement states as follows:
This is our most popular experience in Las Vegas.
The D Lucky Experience is a great way to learn about Las Vegas. This experience is a meet and greet with D Lucky in a Las Vegas High Limit Slot room. Every day it will be a different High Limit slot room. D Lucky will take the time to show you around a High Limit Las Vegas slot room and what slot machines he really likes. Learn and have fun with D Lucky.
This is a 10 min experience. Example of casinos we will meet at: Wynn, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Circa, The D, Downtown Casinos, Mandalay Bay, Aria, Cosmopolitan, Venetian, and Encore. (Every day will be a different casino and a different experience.)
What's included in the D Lucky Las Vegas Experience?
Thumbs Up Photo Op (1 Photo Per Person)
Swag Bag (QTY: 1)
Meet and Greet with D Lucky (10 Mins)
I have no idea what possible information he could convey to someone in a ten minute timeframe, but at least you get to take a picture with him, right? What the hell would I do of a picture of me and him together? It’s also important to note that the $1,795 price tag covers ONE PHOTO PER PERSON, I assume this rule is very strict, so make sure you’re not trying to sneak in any extra pictures with him.
With that, he repeats some of the earlier disclaimers. The description of the $1,795.00 package that includes playing slots with him continues:
Jackpots hit very quickly just like the LIVE videos D Lucky shows on Instagram, Tik Tok, and Youtube. That means these sessions will be very quick between 5-10 minutes. If a jackpot doesn't hit within 5-10 minutes, it's not worth chasing after. You'll learn this and many other things in this D Lucky Slot Playing Experience. Bring $1,000 minimum up to $5,000.00 of slot play to hit a jackpot with D Lucky.
You will bring $1,000 minimum up to $5,000.00.
The optional free jackpot experience will consists of D Lucky picking out the best slot machines for you and explaining why he thinks these machines are the best ones to hit a jackpot on.
You will play your $1,000 Minimum up to $5,000.00 MAX to hit jackpots u keep 100% of any jackpot hit.
Isn’t that nice of him to let you keep the jackpots that you hit, playing with your own money, after you pay $1,795 to spend ten minutes with the guy? Even better still, I would assume, that $1,795 you spend to hang out with some random dude for ten minutes will also enable him to create a Youtube video of your play, assuming he has your permission. In essence, you will have the honor of paying him to make the content that he later makes money on. Good times!
Actually, you’ll automatically acquiesce to him videoing this encounter, which will then be used to potentially generate even more Youtube content, thereby making him even more money. There is an option to remain private, if you wish, but it will cost you an extra $995.
Perhaps you want to expedite DSucky making extra money off of you, in order to do that, for the low additional price of $195, he will post a picture of your hand pay, if any, within 48 hours.
Other add-ons include bringing an extra person for $495, adding ten minutes with him for an additional $425, which is only $42.50/minute, or, if you’re looking for a real bargain, you can add fifteen minutes for $595, which is only $39.67/minute.
Judging from his calendar, February-April are wide open and it would appear he takes Tuesdays and Wednesdays off. To my shock and horror, as many as twelve days have been reserved in January, but it could be that he just has some dates unavailable to create the illusion of demand. Apparently, the entire first week of 2023 is wide open, and available for booking…and there are also a ton of people in Vegas for New Years’, so it’s really hard to conclude anything from his calendar.
He’s either got some bookings in May, or is going to be out of town the first week of May. It’s really hard to tell just from looking at the calendar, but the days blacked out that normally wouldn’t be (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) are all consecutive, so maybe he managed to rope in some suckerfish.
There are also different time slots available, so if you click on an available date, it will tell you how many time slots are remaining for each time.
Elsewhere on the site, he has other packages and services. For $299, you can get a package called, “How to Play Popular Machines,” but I will tell you how to do that; are you ready?:
- Pick a popular machine.
- Insert money.
- Hit, “Spin.”
- Congratulations!!! You have played a popular machine!
There’s really nothing else to say here as I don’t care to know anything about him, personally, and you shouldn’t, either. The only way that you should care to know anything about him personally is if you are a fool and willing to spend $1,795 for ten minutes with the guy because, as the colloquialism goes, you and your money are destined to be soon parted.
ONWARD TO SOME VIDEOS
With that, I’m going to watch some of his videos and will do him the service of at least linking to those, as it seems only fair. I don’t have any high expectations for any of his videos to contain useful information, but perhaps I will be surprised. We’re going to hop skip and jump around, but let’s start with the Intro to the channel video, which has already been linked above:
The channel’s lead video has some idiot playing with DLucky Slots who, one might assume, paid for the privilege of doing so. In any event, this individual claims that his trip bankroll is $2,000, so DLucky has him start by putting in a $1,000 ticket. Throughout the spins, DSucky gives sage and expert advice that can’t be found anywhere else with tips such as, “Hit play,” “Hit it again” and, “Keep going.”
This is extremely useful information for people who have always wanted to play a slot machine, but were previously unaware that, in order to do so, you must hit the spin button. Of course, I could have told people that for free, as well as telling them that they probably shouldn’t play in the first place, and finally, that using 12.5% of your trip bankroll, per spin, can very quickly lead to not having much to do for a huge portion of your trip.
It should come as no surprise that, after four spins at $250/spin, there was insufficient funds on the machine for another bet that size as the idiot playing with DSucky only had $100 left.
With that, the gentleman put his other $1,000 ticket in and was given more expert advice to, “Hit play.” The next spin resulted in an 80% net loss, but the following spin yielded bonus games. The result of the Free Games was $28,684.66, which is about 114.7x relative to the amount bet.
Is that a good result? Of course. Is it an unusual result? Not really. If you’re playing a Must-Hit by $10,000 machine and betting $25/spin, for example, and the meter is at $9,800, then as long as you can play long enough, I can guarantee (again, if you don’t run out of money) that you will hit for a result that is, at least, 392x your bet amount.
Basically, what I expect to see from these videos is some more (The Nutty) Professor Slots type bullshit, with the only difference between the two seeming to be that DSucky is more expensive.
We should also take notice of what would have been required to hit a handpay in this video, given that the individual in question is betting $250, the result would only have to be 4.8x for that to technically be a jackpot. It’s also worth noting that only 3.8x of that would actually be profits.
So, yeah, if the entire angle is predicated upon picking a high limit machine and betting $250/spin, then it comes as no surprise to me that people would be hitting hand pays a lot. Betting $250 total, a flush on Video Poker (let’s say 9/6 JoB) would be a handpay…and the cumulative probability of getting any handpay would be almost 2.5% of all hands. It wouldn’t surprise me if the cumulative probability was higher on many slots machines as a game like JoB is very much weighted to the low end of the paytable.
“$1k budget, let’s see what happens. I just wish I can hit a hand pay”
This video is actually fairly ridiculous and I’m surprised that he would even bother to publish this one. For this one, we have Jose with a $1,000 budget who is playing Top Dollar for $200/spin in what looks like it might be the Golden Nugget. Jose gets down to his next to last spin after losing the first three and then hits a $1500, “Jackpot.”
Granted, this would be a handpay, but I’m putting, “Jackpot,” in quotes because it’s only 7.5x the amount of the bet and only $1,300 of that was actually profit on the spin. After that, we get the usual tagline of, “When the thumb goes up, it’s just like that.”
Once again, this result is NOTHING on a machine like that. People hit for 7.5x+ on slot machines constantly; they’re usually not betting such a high percentage of their bankroll, though. The only thing DLucky is doing is encouraging people to bet at High Limit machines aggressively, at least, that’s all I have seen thus far.
Ultimately, Jose ends up being ahead $700, but if we assume that he also paid $1,795 for the privilege of having some nasally-voiced dipshit giving him incomparable advice such as, “Hit the spin button,” then Jose is actually still down over a grand.
…To Be Fair…:
I have to be fair and say that, mathematically speaking, DLucky’s advice isn’t necessarily awful, but it’s certainly not worth paying for. In general terms, the following statements are usually true:
- Betting smaller amounts on slot machines, as opposed to larger amounts, results in more “Cycling,” of bankroll which means that more money will tend to be exposed to the House Edge even if the House Edges of the two machines were the same.
- High denomination machines tend to have a higher average Return-to-Player percentage than do lower denomination machines.
The idea that DLucky is promoting is to hit the machine hard and quick, and then I hope, walk away with whatever the result is if you do profit. We also understand why the meetings, which the person is evidently paying $1,795 for, are only ten minutes.
Anyway, if someone MUST play a negative expectation game and that negative expectation game MUST be slots, assuming that the person has the goal of hitting a handpay and is unconcerned with anything else, then betting in such a fashion that hitting a handpay would only require a hit of a small multiple relative to the amount bet would be the most likely way to accomplish that.
Even in the time I’m typing this, DLucky has posted up a new short stating that nobody hits as many hand pays as he does and that’s because they, “Put in the work.”
Well, if videoing other people gambling their money qualifies as, “Work,” and their handpays count as ones that you, “Hit,” then I guess DLucky is pretty top tier.
NO MORE VIDEOS!!!
I’m officially done reviewing the videos as they are all the same thing. Hopping and skipping around, it also doesn’t appear as though DLucky loads any videos of people losing, of course, I could understand where the MARK, excuse me, “Customer,” would prefer not to have it published that they lost $X,XXX amount of money only AFTER paying $1,795 to have someone occasionally give them the advice to, “Hit play,” for a few minutes.
I also think there may be a number of other things going on with DLucky: I make no claims that any of these things are actually true, but there are some possibilities that I think exist:
1.) DLucky occasionally sees someone playing in High Limit and asks for permission to film their play, perhaps even offers them a small sum of money (like $100, or something) if he sees that they are really hammering away at it.
Naturally, I would be perfectly happy to take $100 if someone wanted to pay me that to watch me play slots, although, I’d probably just let them watch for free as long as they weren’t recording me.
The point is, the possibility that not all jackpots shown in the videos are actual customers of the DLucky Experience does NOT escape my attention.
2.) DLucky lists a number of casinos where this experience can be booked and advertises on his website that he will let the customers know, a day or two in advance, where they will be going. My guess on that is he might have a deal in place by which he is compensated, in one way or another, by the casinos to bring guests to the property.
3.) Some of the videos might be people who work directly for DLucky purporting to be customers of the DLucky experience.
With that, let’s review a video from EZ Life Slot Jackpots with the following title:
The D Lucky Experience is a SCAM?! EXPOSED!
And, we will see what EZ Life Slot Jackpots thinks.
I certainly hope that EZ Life Slot Jackpots doesn’t mind me reviewing his video, but he did a video on Professor Slots long after I had done that article, so I figure it’s all fair.
The first thing that EZ Life does is goes over the terms on the DLucky Experience site, which I have already laid out above. After that, he makes one statement that I slightly disagree with, which is, “But, what’s really happening here is that he’s essentially promising you that you’re going to win on a slot machine.”
If I am going to be fair, then I have to admit that I disagree with EZ Life’s statement in that the disclaimers on the DLucky site and Youtube channel descriptions say the opposite of that. They state, very pointedly, that there is no guaranteed way to hit a jackpot. Of course, DLucky quickly states after that they hit, “Double digit jackpots every day,” but that claim has me highly skeptical as they sometimes only upload a single jackpot in a day.
Given that the jackpot videos are the entire basis of the DLucky brand, my assumption would be that he would want to put them up as quickly as possible. I’d want to put them all up, at the latest, the day after they happen, so it makes me wonder why there is sometimes only one jackpot posted in a day if they are hitting double digit numbers of jackpots daily.
In any event, the disclaimers at least say the opposite of DLucky guaranteeing that anyone hits a jackpot.
EZ Life Slot Jackpots then points out that DLucky does not post up any of the videos in which his customers lose, which I agree with. His reasons for those videos not being posted mirror my own, though I also think that some of the people who lost also wouldn’t want the videos to go up anyway.
I mean, could you imagine not only losing $1,000-$5,000 on a slot machine over the space of ten minutes, but then to make matters even worse, having everyone know that you paid at least $1,795 to some random nasally-voiced assclown to be told what slots to play?
My advice to people would first be to generally not play slots, but if someone was absolutely determined to do so and asked for my advice on the quickest way to get a handpay, then my free advice would be substantially the same as what DLucky is charging people $1,795 to be told to do.
EZ Life Slot Jackpots then gets into the fact that DLucky appears to have not bought Instagram subscribers for a while. Given the fact that he has more than 5.5M subscribers at any given time, I would tend to agree with EZ Life that many of these were likely paid for. That being said, “Buying,” Instagram subscribers, as far as I can tell, is not a particularly unusual thing to do for those who stand to make money off of boosted follower counts. Personally, one might consider it shady to do so, perhaps, but it’s certainly not unusual.
It also appears that DLucky is down to 249k Instagram followers, which we could probably assume is due to some mass purging of bots that occurred at some point. That said, his most recent posts seem to get anywhere from several hundred to a few thousand likes as well as dozens to hundreds of comments.
EZ Life then discusses that DLucky Experience participants effectively sign an NDA, which he supposes is a huge factor in not hearing that much from losing individuals. Once again, I think that a big factor in that is—why would someone ever want to go public in saying that they are enough of an idiot to spend $1,795 for ten minutes with some random guy only to go on to lose on the slots anyway? Would you want to admit that? I wouldn’t.
Evidently, EZ Life has done some homework and has managed to track down at least two people who discussed their DLucky Experience on TikTok.
I’m not going to get into the full details of the first TikTok video for the purposes of this article because EZ Life is the one who did the work to find it, so I will relink the EZ Life video and say that you can find that one from about 5:30-8:00.
The short story is nothing too surprising: The guy went in, played, and struck out completely with $3,000. The gentleman claims that several people to have gone in before him, as well as a few to go after him, also struck completely out.
The second TikTok testimonial begins at about 8:45 in EZ Life’s video, so, once again, I’m not going to give a full detailing of that as EZ Life did the work to find it, so I would just say to go ahead and give EZ Life’s video a view if you want to see that.
The short story is more of the same, but with the added wrench that they were to originally meet up at the Wynn, but for whatever reason, the meetup spot got changed to the El Cortez (the customer was not impressed with ElCo) at the last minute. It appears that they took in $2,000 and took a 100% loss on every single spin.
The next thing EZ Life notes is that DLucky hosted a $250,000 slot tournament at the Wynn, which EZ Life expected to be fake, but was real. Evidently, $3,500 was sufficient to get participants two nights at the Wynn as well as entry into the tournament, but given that there were a minimum of 90 participants required for the thing to go, the revenue inflow would be a minimum of $315,000, which is quite profitable for DLucky and the Wynn, one would assume.
Searching around for more information, I found that someone actually contacted the Wynn and informed them of DLucky’s grift, so the tournament ended up being canceled as the Wynn would not want to be associated with this guy. It’s also said that he is banned from all MGM Properties in Las Vegas now, but I have no way to confirm that.
SO…IS THE DLUCKY EXPERIENCE A SCAM?
EZ Life Slot Jackpots refers to it as a scam, but I don’t think that it rises to quite that level. I understand that’s going to be an unpopular opinion, so let me give my reasons why I would hesitate to call the DLucky Experience a scam:
- The offer for $1,795 includes a picture with him, some sort of grab bag of stuff and the option to play slots with him. If the offer is to spend ten or fifteen minutes with him, and you actually get to do that, then you are getting what was offered.
- He makes no guarantees of winning and disclaims that there is no guarantee of winning. The most relevant (to me) disclaimers could not be more simply worded:
This is just for fun.
Slots is not a way to earn $$$ if you are in need of it.
Odds are Against you.
That’s it, right? In simple terms, you are NOT guaranteed to win and playing high limit slots, basically blindly, is not a good way to make money if you need money. The odds are against you.
--Those reasons out of the way, I will say that DLucky’s videos are misleading for a few reasons:
- As far as I can tell, there are no videos of anyone losing. I should also assume that there are more net losers than there are net winners.
- DLucky claims that he and his players hit, “Double-Digit,” handpays every single day, but his uploading schedule does not support that assertion whatsoever.
Again, if I were DLucky, there is no way I would be sitting on all of these jackpot videos. The entire brand is about hitting jackpots, so if my MARKS, excuse me, customers, are hitting 10+ jackpots every day, then I am going to upload an average of ten jackpots per day. You could do that while editing it into being a single video, if you wanted to.
Beyond that, I have already discussed where some of these other videos of his might be coming from, but that’s all speculative.
Another thing that I noticed is that, between videos and shorts, he averages about three total videos per day for every day that he has been on Youtube, which goes back to June 20, 2022. It also doesn’t escape my attention that some of the jackpot videos were likely filmed prior to him joining Youtube.
The point is that I see no evidence of his people hitting “Double-Digit,” jackpots on a daily basis. Not on average; not at all.
If such a thing were happening and he wanted to release on a consistent schedule, you would expect about fifty jackpots a week with taking off Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Instead, we look at his channel and see eleven videos in the last week and just under sixty in the last month, which amounts to about two videos per day.
Now, if you had ten, or more, people hitting jackpots in an average day, then one would think that you would want to have daily compilation videos of all of these winners. Either that, or post them all individually, but if the entire business is hitting jackpots, then I would want people to see all of them.
Ultimately, I still conclude that the DLucky Experience is a grift, but I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a scam because the customers seem to be getting what they are promised…he just doesn’t promise very much and most sane people wouldn’t think what he is promising is worth it.
IS THERE A VICTIM?---DO I, “BLAME THE VICTIM?”
The answer to the first question is, “I don’t really think so.” Given what DLucky is offering on his site, it would appear that people are getting what they pay for; it just so happens that they are paying for something profoundly stupid.
Besides that, if you wanted to play slots the way DLucky does…or, at least, the way people do in his videos, then all you have to do is go to the same casinos, same machines and bet the same way that you see the people betting in the videos. The best part is that you’ll have nearly an extra $1,800 to work with if you decide to go that route.
Anyway, if you paid $1,795 for the DLucky Experience then, in my opinion, you’re an idiot. Full stop. Betting systems and Table Games people I could almost understand because there are ways to make the math look like it works by deliberately doing the math in a misleading and incorrect way…but this!?
All you have to do is apply a little bit of logic to the situation:
1.) If all of DLucky’s people were winning, then why would ANY Las Vegas casino continue to allow him to have individuals gather in the corridors outside of high-limit rooms and walk out, one after another, with thousands of dollars in profits?
If your answer is, “They wouldn’t,” then congratulations-you might have a functioning brain. I’d honestly be a little surprised that they let DSucky engage in this at all, but I wouldn’t put anything past Vegas casinos at this point. Hell, it wouldn’t surprise me if DSucky was getting some sort of incentive to bring people in.
2.) Is DLucky really telling you anything that you couldn’t figure out on your own for free?
-Look, his entire strategy can be summarized as, “Pick a high limit machine, bet a ton, hope you win.” That’s barely even a strategy. The only thing that his, “Strategy,” accomplishes is that it makes it fairly likely that, for every handful of customers he has, at least one of them will hit some sort of jackpot. It’s literally the same thing as me having someone bet $250/hand on Video Poker and telling them to keep playing until they hit a Flush, or better. Actually, you might hit 5x+ on the slot machine with a greater frequency.
With that, you can pay him $1,795 to risk your own money on the slot machines and make his channel look even stronger in the process should you be one of the lucky minority to hit a jackpot.
3.) Why is there a $5,000 limit on how much the person can play?
-This one is simple: He wouldn’t really be able to use the video if someone hit a handpay and was still down money after that to never recover. Could you imagine if someone had $8,000 in and hit a 2k jackpot?:
DLucky: When the thumb goes up…
Customer: What the hell are you talking about? I’m still down six grand, you f^&*%ing idiot!!!
4.) If DLucky had any idea how to actually win on slot machines, then why wouldn’t he just play them for himself? As he correctly disclaims, “The odds are against you.”
-For that reason, anyone who actually believes that he has some sort of special insight is immediately an idiot because he’s directly telling everyone he doesn’t.
5.) Speaking of, why are there no videos of him, personally, playing?
-I mean, come on, people!
6.) His motto, “When the thumb goes up, it’s just like that,” is profoundly stupid.
-Give me NJ Slots Guy and, “You’ve gotta love those cherries,” any day. Also, NJ Slots Guy likes to say, “Old School,” when he uses the handle, so that’s pretty funny. NJ also posts losing videos, so if you want to see what actual high-limit play looks like and the ups and downs, then check that channel out.
-I think, when the thumb goes up, DSucky should shove it up his ass. That said, it’s hard to feel bad for his customers.
So...do I blame willfully stupid people for the fact that they are willfully stupid? Yeah, usually.
Once again, to the extent that it can even be called a strategy, there is nothing to the DLucky slot strategy. Here it is:
- Pick a high limit machine.
- Bet a lot, usually max.
- Hit spin.
- You will either win or lose.
The one thing that his strategy accomplishes is that it makes a handpay considerably more likely than playing something like a penny machine, which it should be, because you are betting so much more and a hit doesn’t have to be a particularly large multiple of the amount bet to result in a handpay. The other area where I will give credit is that betting a larger sum, per spin, means that you are likely to expose less total money to the house edge than you would with something else and, generally speaking, the House Edge of high-limit machines can be expected to be lower anyway when compared to penny slots.
Overall, this is probably the best way to play slots if you don’t want to take the time to learn what machines can actually be played at an advantage. It also requires that you be goal-oriented with wanting to hit a handpay and win money. While the actual play would be sub-optimal, if your goal was, instead, time on device…then this wouldn’t be an ideal way to play.
Anyway, you just read above what he is doing, for free. If you think he has any additional information to impart upon you, (SPOILER: He doesn’t) has any special insight as to individual machines (SPOILER: Nope) or you think a picture with him is worth $1,795, then go for it.