Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Like any good scam, the trick is finding a large pocket of gullible marks that are ripe to be preyed upon.
What better place to start than at the casino?
On my most recent trip to Casino del Sol — hey, I have weaknesses; don't judge me — my peripheral vision caught site of a creepy looking wall display regarding the Oracles of Insight, Del Sol's newest attraction that is meant to point out ... ahem ... hot and ready slot machines.
There are actually two of these displays in the casino. The first is Xandrick, a blue-clad lad with a goatee and both a smirk and eyebrow raise that just adds to its creepiness, who is supposed to tell those interested which machines "have been holding back and could be ready to explode." I don't make this stuff up, people, I just spread it around for all to see.
The other, the red-garbed gyspyish Madame Fortuna, is supposed to tell you which machines have been "overflowing with payouts" as well as how much that machine MAY pay on a particular day and how much it's paid out so far.
I didn't go so far as to test out either of these oracles — my slot preference, when I play, are the penny machines that are basically like paying to watch TV while sipping a frosty beverage or two — but I believe these predictions are made in the form of either an on-screen display or some little card that spits out of a slot.
If it's the latter, just make sure not to wish to go to bed one night as yourself and wake up the next morning as Tom Hanks.