Spotting the Sucker at a Poker Table

The first line of the movie Rounders, which helped spark the poker boom in the late 90s, is “If you can’t spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker.” I played poker with a guy recently who made it incredibly easy to spot him as the sucker (or one of them).

I’d seen the guy in the poker room a few times, but he rarely played in the cash games, only tournaments. His name is Ron. Friday night he sits down at the cash table and at some point during the game he mentions that he saw the “slot guru” at Soaring Eagle casino a couple days earlier. I didn’t know what he was talking about, so I asked. The slot guru, it turns out, is a guy from Michigan who claims to have a winning system for playing slot machines.

Ron tells me this guy has won millions of dollars playing the slots and that he does it for a living. I start to chuckle. He tells me that this guy was at the casino playing a bunch of slot machines all at once and winning like crazy, and that he was giving away $100 bills, and his BMW with his logo and name all over it was parked right in front of the casino. I start to chuckle louder. Oh, and the best part: “He’s got a book that explains how to do it and it’s only $25. I’m gonna buy one. You can get it at the casino gift shop.” Imagine that.

Let me make this very clear: If anyone tells you that they make a living playing slot machines, they’re lying. And if they tell you that they can show you how to do it for $25, they’re scamming you. And if you’re not bright enough to figure that out, you’re the sucker — and not just at the poker table. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, you can do to increase your odds of winning a jackpot playing a slot machine.

Needless to say, I had to check it out. And guess what his secret to winning is? Karma. He gives money to people randomly and that’s why he wins.

Today, Earnest stays true to his early teachings. He shares his passion for winning and giving back. The Slot Guru understands that to be a winner you have to want to win and he attributes his success in life, as well as the casino, to the SPEC Principle: SELECT – PROJECT – EXPECT – COLLECT. You can learn more about the principles that have won him millions at one of his upcoming seminars.

Most of the Slot Guru’s winnings are given to complete strangers. “I love to give money to people who never expect it. Going up to someone and handing them a $100 bill in the casino when they least expect it makes me happy. Giving to others is what I believe the lord wants me to do. It’s all about Karma,” said the Slot Guru.

Norman Vincent Peale meets Lucky Luciano. The video on this page is hilarious.

I have one of many methods when I gamble. When you first walk into a casino, you have to be alert, attentiveness.

Attentiveness to what, exactly? He doesn’t say, of course.

One of the main things when you come into a casino, you have to wanna win.

Wow, that’s brilliant. I’m sure none of the players who lose their ass to the casino wanted to win. If only they’d thought of that.

When it’s all said and done, my method is to go in there and to play the slots that I feel are going to hit.

Well that is just fucking genius!

I use what I call the SPEC method — Select, Project, Expect and Collect. I select the machine that I want, then I project it. I, the slot guru, look at the machine and say “okay, I want $20,000 or $30,000 out of this machine.” Then the slot guru really believes it, he expects it just like everybody expects to get paid every week. Then I, the slot guru, collects it.

He claims that if he goes to the casino 1000 times, he leaves ahead 950 times. And if you believe that, you are a first class moron. And that is exactly what Ron is, which is why he’s the sucker at a poker table too.

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