cmlotito
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March 1st, 2017 at 9:23:30 PM permalink
So, MGM National Harbor has a Jackpot Winners celebration every month (well, for the past 2 months, they are new and all) for all those who hit jackpots the previous month. I didn't go to January's drawing since there were only 4 prizes listed ($2,500, $5,000, $7,500, and $10,000 all free play no cash). I figured chances of winning one of only four prizes was wishful thinking at best. You get 1 entry for each jackpot hit in the qualifying period. I had 3 in January's qualifying period (12/8/17-1/16/17) So, I elected not to go.

Now, for February's drawing it was 1 entry for every jackpot hit in January (1st to 31st). I had 3 in January.

Now, my game of choice at MGM is $1 9/6 DDB. For the first 2 months of this year I have been up and down anywhere from -$7k to +$7.4k swinging back and forth. Before the drawing I was down $5k. So I figured what the hell I would go to the drawing this past Monday night. Not only out of desperation but the fact that they added 10 more prizes of $1,000 in free play in addition to the top 4 prizes of $2,500 to $10,000 in free play. I thought I might have at least a longshot of getting one of the $1,000 prizes.

Well, see for yourself what I won


(The woman was another winner I was talking to, She is not me, or Kentry....I think)

So, after I give them my information they say they will get the free play on the accounts as soon as possible and it is good for 30 days. Well, I knew I had to discuss my options of what to play with my friend Simon23 as of that moment I was fairly excited and thought I may be dreaming all this (well, just for a second :) ).

So, now at this point I go home and start running some simulations on a couple different video poker games to get an idea of what I can expect to get out of the 10k running it thru once. I ran 10 play $1 DDB for 200 hands (200*$50=$10,000 coin in) Lowest I was getting in return was about $7k. From previous experience I knew the possibility of a dealt 4 Aces and a kicker ($20k, but discounted that as I already got one of those in my life and in only 200 draws it seemed unlikely to get another) That leaves a dealt royal for $40k, again in only 200 pulls seems unlikely.

Then I ran several simulations on $.10 6/5 Bonus Poker 100 Play (100*$.50*200=$10,000 coin in). This seemed like a more consistent return. Nothing less than just a hair over $9k with a few just over $10k.

The next day I went back to play another $2k and 5Play $1 DDB and to verify my free play was loaded onto my account. It was.


I figured I would either lose it and be down $7k before doing my free play or hit something nice. Well, the only thing I hit was the inside of the toilet when I went to pee after dropping 2k. I did earn $70 in free play which brought my total to $10,070 in free play.

I now was definitely going to play the crappier game of 6/5 Bonus poker. I know that most people reading this will not agree with my choice but I was now down 7K for the year and If I went to hell on 10 play $1 DDB I could very well not get the 7k return to break even for the year. So I decided to go the safer, albeit less AP'ish, route and go for a much higher chance (at least in my mind) of coming out ahead for the year. Besides, I thought, the top jackpot for both games was the same. $40k for a dealt royal.

I returned Wednesday night with Simon23 in tow to witness my 3rd comeback this year. We went to the 100 play machines, sat down and I inserted $50 cash since I needed to cover the first bet with my own money. That's how free play works there.

I put my card in. Saw the $10,070 in free play and decided to convert $10 more of my point play to free play. Once I did this my free play total went from $10,070 on display to $10 on display. Hmmm...I thought I'll just pull my card out and reinsert it and that should fix the issue. I did just that and the free play now listed as $10,080. Problem solved....or so I thought.

I put my pin number in to activate the free play. It then said something along the lines of "we cannot activate your free play at this time, please try again later" I didn't take a picture of it because at this point I was a bit confused but not upset as I knew I would get to play it off. It might just take a bit longer than I anticipated. I tried two other machines and got the same response.

Cliff note version as this is already a bit long winded.....

After about 30-40 minutes, 2 visits to the rewards desk and getting 6 different employees involved the solution was to knock off a $100 in freeplay off my account to bring it below $10k. Apparently there system can only handle a max of $10k in free play and not a penny more. Once they did that and I played a few hands they added the $100 back on and all was well.

The best dealt hand I got was this...


Oh, and I discovered the max amount of credits that can be on a machine is $10,000. Any win that puts you over will print a ticket out...



Total return on my $10,080 free play plus $20 of my own money (needed to play in increments of $50) was $9962+$327-$50(starting money)=$10,239

So a 96.87% return game turned out to be 101.38% (10,239/10,100) for me. That was with no royal flushes but I did get several dealt trips which seemed to more than make up for that.

Gonna take a break for now and at least enjoy my 3rd comeback for a little while.
Last edited by: cmlotito on Mar 2, 2017
rsactuary
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March 1st, 2017 at 9:34:59 PM permalink
awesome story! congrats!
michael99000
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March 1st, 2017 at 9:43:53 PM permalink
I enjoyed reading that. Congrats !!
Mission146
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March 1st, 2017 at 10:51:58 PM permalink
Winning begets winning, even if you've only had three jackpots in the period, apparently!

Congratulations!

Might I ask that you, at your convenience, edit the top photograph further to remove all of the names except for your last name? While unlikely, I wouldn't want any trouble to befall any of those people or for perhaps anyone they wouldn't want to know they came into money to become aware of same as a result of this forum.
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MrV
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March 2nd, 2017 at 12:33:44 AM permalink
Why delete their names?

Their names were posted in the casino for all the world to see, and besides: all they won was a bit of freeplay.
"What, me worry?"
SiegfriedRoy
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March 2nd, 2017 at 12:42:13 AM permalink
Great job! I know some would have just "gone" for it on slots, but your method worked out well.
Mission146
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March 2nd, 2017 at 12:56:41 AM permalink
Quote: MrV

Why delete their names?

Their names were posted in the casino for all the world to see, and besides: all they won was a bit of freeplay.



I don't know that I would consider as much as 5k or 7.5k, 'A bit,' certainly more than, 'A bit,' to some people.

Further, I wouldn't say that the names were posted, 'For all the world to see.' Perhaps for anyone in that general area of the casino to see.

I also note that the OP blacked out his first name in the image, perhaps if not for that, I would be more likely to be swayed by your position.
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SiegfriedRoy
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March 2nd, 2017 at 1:12:38 AM permalink
Did they make you fill out a W-2 for winning the 10K?
cmlotito
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March 2nd, 2017 at 2:48:56 AM permalink
Quote: Mission146

I don't know that I would consider as much as 5k or 7.5k, 'A bit,' certainly more than, 'A bit,' to some people.

Further, I wouldn't say that the names were posted, 'For all the world to see.' Perhaps for anyone in that general area of the casino to see.

I also note that the OP blacked out his first name in the image, perhaps if not for that, I would be more likely to be swayed by your position.



I blacked out my first name since my last name is in my user ID for this forum. I saw no reason to blacken it out. I didn't think of blackening out anyone else's name originally since some people do have the same first and last name. I did blacken out account numbers since those are unique.

Either way I did go ahead and edit it to blacken out enough of the names sufficiently I think.

At least I didn't get banned for a Kentry reference. :)
cmlotito
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March 2nd, 2017 at 2:53:30 AM permalink
Quote: SiegfriedRoy

Did they make you fill out a W-2 for winning the 10K?



That was the first thing I asked as I handed my players card and ID over to claim the prize.

No W2G is required on free play. I will still factor it in when I do my taxes at the end of the year though. I may be ahead now but a lot can, most definitely will, happen in the next 10 months.

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