Sunday, May 22, 2011

Idiocy on display

I was at the Tropicana last night. I passed this guy at a video slot machine. As the electronic simulated reels were spinning, he would rub the glass over them, rapidly moving his hand up and down over each "reel" just before it was to come to a stop, thus moving his way from left to right.

I saw such behavior once before, at the MGM, and jeered about it here. Readers then assured me that this is actually fairly common. I spend no time playing or watching others play slots, so I wouldn't know, but I have never noticed it except for these two instances. As I wrote about the woman at MGM, I feel sure that this guy does it because he believes that it enhances his chance of winning. The reality, of course, is that the outcome of each game is determined by a microprocessor a tiny fraction of a second after he presses the "spin" button. He might as well spend the subsequent seconds splashing chicken blood on the machine, for all the good it--or his rubbing--will do.

I don't know why I am still able to be amazed by the level of stupidity people are willing to put on public display, but I am.


Grange95 said...

Oh ye of little faith. Perhaps his failure is due precisely to the lack of chicken blood.

Anonymous said...

Or he is just having fun. My bro does it all the time, just to have fun and be silly. Maybe u should try something ridiculously random and fun sometime.

Snuffy said...

I rate this on the likes keeping stacks of chips in 10 :)

OhCaptain said...

Taxes on the statistically impaired.

Drizztdj said...

I am often impaired in a casino, and will also stoop to this level.

While I've never had a losing trip to Vegas playing poker, I've only had 3 winning trips total thanks to the lure of slots.