McSweeney
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November 26th, 2021 at 11:39:15 PM permalink
I have a rule that I'm not allowed to leave the casino until I scavenge at least one abandoned slot machine ticket. Okay, I exaggerate, but it's pretty close to the truth.

When I look around at rows of slot machines, I pretend that I'm the Terminator and perform two quick "scans": the first scan, I look for abandoned tickets on or near the machines. The second scan, I look at the screens of the machines themselves and check to see if it says anything other than "Credit $0.00". If there is something in there, I hit the cash out button and collect the ticket. If I see the demo video playing on a machine, it means there can't be money in the machine, because the demo video will not play if there is, so I know I can safely ignore it.

This all sounds stupid, but if I had to give a conservative estimate, I average finding 70 cents worth of abandoned tickets per casino visit. I visit the casino twice a day, every day. If you add that up over the course of a year, that's no joke! It's an extra $511.00 a year!

My record is finding an abandoned ticket for $20.00, but I actually turned it into the casino staff because I find it hard to believe somebody willingly abandoned that. I doubt the staff actually went through the trouble of tracking down the real owner of the ticket, but whatever.

I haven't lowered myself to dumpster diving the casino garbage cans for tickets ... YET. But nothing is too humiliating to increase my edge over the house another 0.35%!
ChumpChange
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November 26th, 2021 at 11:59:16 PM permalink
I'd be more worried about getting kicked out of the casino for writing down slot pay tables in a notepad, or at least back-roomed. It'd be easier to take pictures of pay tables but I'm not testing any casino for that at this time. Maybe I can memorize a few each visit and write them down when I get home or look up the game on YouTube. I'm hundreds of machines behind; I don't know how they pay. Maybe I'll get some free play sometime and I'll have to make a choice about what machines to play. But if Bubble Craps won't allow free play and the roulette machine does, I'll have to pick between that, horrible VP, or even worse Double Diamond Classic.
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November 27th, 2021 at 3:12:02 AM permalink
Quote: McSweeney

I have a rule that I'm not allowed to leave the casino until I scavenge at least one abandoned slot machine ticket. Okay, I exaggerate, but it's pretty close to the truth.

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It's generally called "silver mining", I believe from the old coin dropper days when some people would go around checking the coin trays for change that was in the corners.

The long and short is:
  • it's not classy
  • it's not your money
  • security and law enforcement have been known to get involved if you take it
  • some places, like Colorado and Detroit, take this more seriously than a reasonable person would expect


I used to do it; I wised up.
Best of luck in your endeavours.
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November 27th, 2021 at 4:08:09 AM permalink
Quote: McSweeney

I have a rule that I'm not allowed to leave the casino until I scavenge at least one abandoned slot machine ticket. Okay, I exaggerate, but it's pretty close to the truth.

When I look around at rows of slot machines, I pretend that I'm the Terminator and perform two quick "scans": the first scan, I look for abandoned tickets on or near the machines. The second scan, I look at the screens of the machines themselves and check to see if it says anything other than "Credit $0.00". If there is something in there, I hit the cash out button and collect the ticket. If I see the demo video playing on a machine, it means there can't be money in the machine, because the demo video will not play if there is, so I know I can safely ignore it.

This all sounds stupid, but if I had to give a conservative estimate, I average finding 70 cents worth of abandoned tickets per casino visit. I visit the casino twice a day, every day. If you add that up over the course of a year, that's no joke! It's an extra $511.00 a year!

My record is finding an abandoned ticket for $20.00, but I actually turned it into the casino staff because I find it hard to believe somebody willingly abandoned that. I doubt the staff actually went through the trouble of tracking down the real owner of the ticket, but whatever.

I haven't lowered myself to dumpster diving the casino garbage cans for tickets ... YET. But nothing is too humiliating to increase my edge over the house another 0.35%!
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Congratulations.. What a fantastic example of American Exceptionalism. There aren't many people who would take on a part-time job as you have.
Five hundred and eleven dollars a year? Outstanding.
In a period of our nation's history where employers can't find people willing to work for $511 a week, it's good to know that there are still people like yourself out there, willing to do the jobs no one else will.
You, Sir, should serve as an example to future generations.
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Mission146
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November 27th, 2021 at 4:35:07 AM permalink
I wrote an article that focused on Colorado quite some time ago:

https://wizardofvegas.com/articles/know-the-laws-part-II/

For my part, I just print out any tickets and turn them into security (or put them on top of the machine) regardless of the jurisdiction. Seems better to avoid any potential headache.
https://wizardofvegas.com/forum/off-topic/gripes/11182-pet-peeves/120/#post815219
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November 27th, 2021 at 5:50:09 AM permalink
As I mentioned in another thread, TITO is a bearer instrument - at least in some jurisdictions.

Read the fine print before you get yourself into trouble.
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November 27th, 2021 at 11:41:48 AM permalink
Quote: DJTeddyBear

As I mentioned in another thread, TITO is a bearer instrument - at least in some jurisdictions.

Read the fine print before you get yourself into trouble.
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Bearer instruments are not exactly so cut and dried.

For example, if I steal your bearer instruments and you can prove it, I can't point to the fine print that says they belong to whoever the bearer is.

It seems that's the scenario the casinos take with abandoned slot tickets. It's theirs regardless of the fine print.
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November 27th, 2021 at 12:02:13 PM permalink
I知 not going to comment on the cashing out of other痴 tickets.

But I would like to a ask, why not a simple part time gig of delivery driver for a busy pizza place?

Got in a discussion about a week ago with an owner of a couple pizza shops and other fast food places. Told me his part time 3 to 4 nights a week, around 6 or 7 hours a night are making every bit of 400.00 to 500.00 plus a week, and that is their laziest ones. He figures the pay per delivery plus the tips signed for, excluding the cash tips given.

Food for thought. Plus they all get free food nowadays.
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November 27th, 2021 at 12:15:21 PM permalink
In these polarized times, I don't believe customer service can survive much longer.

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