Whenever new slot machines come out, enthusiasts are eager to know how the machines play. Are they loose or tight? Do they have a lot of secondary bonuses and, if so, what tricks are there, if any, to catching a massive payout? Looking at the machine’s Help Screen rarely provides much real help. Manufacturers and casino management seem to prefer that players learn the ways of each new slot by trial and error, which can sometimes result in an expensive learning curve.
But for those willing to do a bit of sleuthing on the Internet, the mechanics of winning big can be revealed, thanks to a small army of slot players willing to risk expulsion from casinos for capturing jackpots and successful bonus rounds on video. They ignore the “no photography” rules of gaming floors to bring the action to YouTube, and even though the quality of the clips may be no better than the poor lighting conditions and low resolution capabilities of cell phone cameras allow, the secrets are there for voyeurs, researchers and slot fans alike.
In Praise of Videopappy37
One of the most prolific posters of online jackpot clips is “videopappy37,” a slot player who lives in the Pennsylvania-New Jersey area. According to the about section of his YouTube channel, “I will be putting 3-5 new slot machine bonus videos up for every Monday morning or so…. I go somewhere every week to play slots and I video my slot wins and post them here on YouTube.”
Among videopappy37’s favorite haunts are “casinos in Atlantic City such as Borgata, Revel, Harrahs, Bally’s, Tropicana, Trump Taj, Golden Nugget, Resorts and ACH, Also many casinos in PA such as, Parx, Sands, Mount Airy, Valley Forge, Hollywood, Harrah’s, Sugar House and Mohegan Sun.” The first posting was on August 15, 2009—a 3’38” clip of a bonus win at Borgata playing Aristocrat’s 5-reel, 50-payline “50 Dragons” slot game. The machine paid $60.80 on a $1.25 spin that hit a scatter for ten free spins.
Since then, videopappy37 has posted 1,327 additional videos, documenting everything from a bonus win worth $104.87 on Atronic’s King Kong Cash, which has received over 98,000 views to date, to the most recent 11-second shot of a $306 line win on Torch of Olympus. The most popular clip in the collection is a “group of pictures set to video for a friend, Ardee,” including 10 hand-pay bonuses and a $50,000 line win during trip to Las Vegas in November 2009. It has garnered 327,288 views so far.
According to videopappy37, “I like to read the comments other players leave and look forward to responding to them. Slot machine manufacturers are coming out with new games constantly, more so then they ever have before.” With 3,863 subscribers and more than 13.8 million total views, he seems quite at home on YouTube, having experimented with but given up on a page on FaceBook and a blog on Vidcaster in 2012.
Lots More Show-Offs
Another YouTube regular recording slot wins is “bonusqueenDeb,” who plays in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada. She has the distinction of posting the slot success video with most views ever—948,461 of them. It’s a 36-second clip of stills showing a $750,000 slot jackpot for catching three Blue 7s on a classic Red White & Blue machine at Aria Casino in Las Vegas in March 2010. The cost of the winning pull was a single credit of $5,000—definitely for high rollers only.
While bonusqueenDeb has added 264 videos to YouTube, earning her 1,435 subscribers and some 2.8 million views, she’s got competition. For example, “Justin760” uploaded a one-off 9-second clip of a Wheel of Fortune slot hitting for $823,146 that has been viewed at least 925,654 times to date. Other channels dedicated to showing slot machine bonuses and jackpots include those of “sdguy1234” with 2,722 subscribers, “slotwild” with 175 uploads, and “casinomannj,” who has been posting since July 2010, gaining over 4.4 million views and 4,285 subscribers for his 559 winning slot play videos.
Viewers of these YouTube videos should be aware that it takes a bit of daring to record slot wins inside a casino. Most patrons prefer anonymity and are afraid of harassment by floor staff. It’s possible, though unlikely, that they might have their video cameras or phones confiscated or be asked to leave the casino—perhaps without their winnings. On the other hand, it does hurt to ask casino staff for permission. The worst that can happen is a refusal and recording might even be allowed, at least for that brief moment of elation when all the reels are spinning just right.