I know, I can’t believe it either. But, the guy is on a roll. Friday, me and the wife took a friend of mine, Jerry, up to Choctaw Casino to meet Hal. We left Dallas about 6:15 and got to Choctaw about 7:30. The place was already busy. As we were waiting for Hal, we decided to play for a while.
My wife went her own way, which she usually does. Something about me being bad luck. Go figure. Jerry and I started playing quarter slots. We did this for about an hour until Hal got there. Not much happened really, Jerry was down $20 and I was up $20. We then went to meet Hal at the buffet for supper. Now I have always been a fan of the buffet at Choctaw, particularly on Friday nights when the have the all you can eat crabs legs. However, I do not know what has happened up there, but, I can no longer recommend the buffet at Choctaw. In fact all of us, said we would never eat the buffet again. The crab was terrible! Everything was bad. It is simply not worth the money and we are going to eat at a steak place on the way up there on Tuesday when we go again. The Oil Derrick I think it is called. On US 75 in Dension just south of the Red River.
Hal’s son and his friends also met us up there so we had a fairly large group and we all headed down to the old casino after suffering thru the buffet. Hal claims he wins most of his jackpots in the old section. Hal headed straight for the $2 Star Spangled Sevens slots by the players club and his son and his son’s friends went with him. Jerry and I found a $5 blackjack table and decided to give that a try for a bit. I have always hated the $5 ante they make you pay in Oklahoma. But, we played anyway. Jerry and I played for about half an hour and the table was just moving sideways. So, we quit, both down about $20. When you think about it, without the ante, we would both have been even or slightly ahead. But, we were bored so we quit anyway.
We then found Hal playing a $1 Lucky Duck slots machine. There were six slot machines in this particular bank of machines. I found an empty seat two down from him and put in $100. Things were not going well for me. I was down to $20 before I got a red screen and it spun four times and I ended up with $360. I played it down to $300 just to see if my machine was hot (it wasn’t) and I cashed out at $300. Meanwhile, Hal was up and down but cashed out even. One of his son’s friends was playing next to Hal on the end and he cashed out $80 ahead.
After that we moved over to Hal’s favorite machines, Star Spangled Sevens slots. Again, Hal went to the carousel next to the players club. It features $2 and $5 machines. Hal kept alternating between the $2 and $5 machines. His play was up and down. Sometimes he was ahead $700. Other times I would see him around $200. As I was playing at a bank of $1 Star Spangled Sevens next to the carousel, I could watch him out of the corner of my eye or take a break and get up and go over and check him out. I played $100 into a couple of machines, but, could never get anything to happen.
Around this time, Jerry took off on his own for while. He returned half an hour later with a $500 ticket. He had played the $1 Star Spangled Sevens slots toward the front door of the old section of the casino. About an hour later, I headed up there myself and wast rewarded with a nice $500 winner myself!
One thing I should mention is that there is a group of people who play Star Spangled Sevens slots almost exclusively and Hal knows them all. He had is IRS ticket from earlier in the week with him and he was showing it to everybody. And, I was wrong. It was not for $23,278. It was for $23,600!
By now it was getting close to midnight. I told Hal that we were going home. He said he was leaving as well as he had to get up early the next day. I knew he wouldn’t leave right away as we said goodbye. But, that is Hal. Jerry and I went to find my wife who was now down in the old section of the casino playing Wizard of OZ slots. She did not have a good night. I guess there is not much more to say about that. We then headed up to the new casino and I went into the high limit area to try the $2 Elvis King of Coin slots that I won $800 on earlier in the week. Immediately, I won $30. So, I decided to play that and another $50 to see if I could hit anything at all and keep playing for a while. And, I didn’t. So, I went over the the high limit cashier and cashed in all of my tickets.
On the way to the parking garage, my wife suggested I try $100 in a $2 Lucky Duck machine. I gave it a try, but man! I just did not get a thing. So, after that debacle, we went straight to the car. For the evening, I ended up about $440. My wife was down $400 and Jerry won about $200. Not bad for a night entertainment.
So now it is about 1:30 in the morning and we have just arrived back home and the phone rings. It is Hal. He tells me he has just won $8K in the high limit area of the new casino on a $5 Mr Money Bags slot machine! Unbelievable, the luck this guy has. I talk to him the next morning and he says he won another $1,600 on a Hot Red Ruby slot machine on the way out the door. Wow! Wish it was me.