A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR
The bells, whistles and soothing sounds of slots assist make the discomfort of losing a lot more delightful
By Frank Scoblete
If you like the original movie version of Mary Poppins, you are undoubtedly familiar with its fantastic song “A Spoonful of Sugar.” The song lauds the salutary eﬀects of some sugar placed in some horrible medicine some poor children had to take when they were under the weather.
Sugar made whatever awful concoction the poor children would have to swallow somewhat less difficult to swallow. That was the thesis anyway. In short, one thing bad was coming but it could be presented in not such a negative way.
Now in the world of the slot machines, we can clearly see the sugar getting spooned out to make the reality of what really occurs when you play the machines more than any genuine length of time not so medicine- like.
Take a appear at the world of the slots in the casinos. The machines are colorful, with ﬂashing lights of diﬀerent hues, and music of each type. Add to these the wonderful sound eﬀects with which machines have been orchestrated, which includes the sound of coins getting into the machines that no longer really bother with coins.
Yes, all of these are additions to what is, truly, a machine that could be as non-descript searching as most of the other machines on earth. And these machines have one aim in their style and programming— to take the players’ funds. Straightforward as that!
[Please note: Would slot machines lure in players if they weren’t coated in “sugar”? The lights, sounds, music and energy seemingly spewing from these machines is the mating call of a device looking to squeeze the funds from its suitors. The entire activity can be boiled down to this: Mate with this machine and perhaps, just possibly, you will reproduce more cash than you had before. Then again…]
Slot players have to know that they are playing a game that has a residence edge. They know that slot play is a losing proposition. They must know this due to the fact only a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of players have in fact beaten the machines. That segment of slot play will include players who hit monstrous jackpots or players who played after or twice, won, and quit right then and there, in no way to play once more.
And what of all the other slot players? Why do they hold playing? Can’t they see the danger in the game?
THE LURE OF THE SLOT MACHINES
Look at the slot locations of the casinos—aisles soon after aisles of those impressively colorful, musical, lovely machines oﬀering you a possibility to win some cash or a lot of funds. Slot places are welcoming to the players. They are not threatening at all.
I doubt players would ﬂock to these machines if all their lights had been removed, all their exciting sounds silenced, all whatever beauty attached to the machines stripped away, so that you now had just a metal and plastic contraption.
What if you added to this contraption a sign that showed how much income it took from players over recent history. “I won ‘X’ amount of money from players since last July!”
What if every single machine had this data in big letters?
What if every machine explained in the simplest terms how the home edge will grind away at you?
What if images of the countless losing players have been displayed displaying their total losses for their careers?
What if giant billboards announced to the planet how a lot income the big losers lost? “Here’s Mary Kate, who was wiped out on February 14, 2022.”
Okay, you now have an area of truth, you may possibly say. The sugar-coating of the machines, these lights, sounds, construction designs, no longer exist. What a player now sees is the genuine medicine of the machines—it is not a comforting sight, is it? There’s no spoonful of sugar sweetening anything in this new globe of featureless machines, just the reality of what they do and how they do it.
The casino slot world would shrivel up and maybe it would even disappear. No a single would want what occurred to Mary Kate to happen to them. Massive billboards should show pleased individuals, not desperate-appearing losers.
Of course, my above sugarless-spoon of a slot planet would never come about. Casino managers are fully aware that they need to make their slot kingdoms pleasant and comfortable worlds in which slot players play. No modern casinos can survive if the slots are stripped of their charm.
THE Genuine MEDICINE OF THE SLOT Planet
The genuine medicine of the actual slot world comes down to two words: residence edge.
Yes, machines can be made fairly and appealing. They can sound like so much exciting. The whole slot location of a casino can be comfy and so, so beautiful.
Nonetheless, the house edge is the complete truth of the matter.
All of the eﬀorts of the casino are carried out to distract from how the machines genuinely operate. No sign will state what a machine is genuinely carrying out. The casinos have helped make the slot machines the preferred of players over each game in the property. Slots rule!
Mary Poppins would have created a great casino owner. All the greatest in and out of the casinos!
Frank Scoblete’s internet site is www.frankscoblete.com. His books are obtainable from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Kindle, e-books, libraries and bookstores.