They say the secret to a successful trip to the casino is to first decide how much money you can afford to lose, then never bet more than that. If you do lose it all, write it off as entertainment expense, and if you bring even some of it home, consider the trip a success.
Yesterday, Honey and I went to Coushatta Casino to celebrate our 52nd anniversary. She started off winning, but every machine I touched just sucked cash. They no longer have the bank of Hot Shot machines where I won the last time we were there, and I couldn't seem to find a slot where I could even lose slowly over an extended period of time.
Finally, we took a break and enjoyed a nice supper - "comped" by the casino. After that, Honey won on a dollar machine just outside the restaurant, and I went from consistently losing to just treading water.
We were literally on our way out, working our way toward the exit, when I sat down at a big, gaudy, penny machine called Hot Pink Sevens. Over the next half hour or so I won back everything I had lost and then some.
You'd have to say this was a very successful trip. We played for about ten hours, ate a good meal and returned home with about $200 more that we left here with.
We're a little tired today - didn't get home until 12:05 this morning, but we had a GREAT time, and a GREAT anniversary.