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Aerial Abodes

Pic posted November 18, 2022

What colorful woodwork! @TwoDots

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Alvaro’s Arboreal Flip!

Pic posted November 15, 2022

We had a tree-mendous time at Alvaro’s Arboreal Flip! #TwoDots

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Migrating Meadows

Pic posted November 14, 2022

Birdwatching is never boring in the Migrating Meadows. How Majestic! @TwoDots

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Time for a cat nap!

Pic posted October 14, 2022

Meow-smerized and full at the Neko Nook @TwoDots

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Cora’s Creepy Flip!

Pic posted October 13, 2022

No basic witches here, only winners! @TwoDots

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Best win of night one

Pic posted October 4, 2022

Fortune Bay took away all my favorite games, though

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Only friendly game all day

Pic posted September 27, 2022

Never had back-to-back green progressives before

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The Feline Feast

Pic posted September 21, 2022

The sushi is purr-fect at the Feline Feast, we’re not kitten around. @TwoDots

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That one took longer than usual

Pic posted September 18, 2022

Another major jackpot on Lightning Link

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Helen’s Heroic Flip

Pic posted September 11, 2022

We undertook an epic effort to defeat Helen’s Heroic Flip! #TwoDots

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Zantigo + grocery scratchers

Pic posted September 7, 2022

Hehehe, Sascratch

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Contains real adventure

Pic posted September 6, 2022

Get wrapped up on the Candy Coast! @TwoDots

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One every two weeks seems good

Pic posted August 30, 2022

Wonder what the virtual coin-in totals are between major wins

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The Perplexing Planet

Pic posted August 19, 2022

The Perplexing Planet! Together, we survived the crystallized caverns below. #TwoDots

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Rain delay nickel keno

Pic posted August 19, 2022

Hit one 6 out of 8 for an impressive five dollar bills

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Petra’s Paradise Flip

Pic posted August 15, 2022

We collected dots by the seashore at Petra’s Paradise Flip! #TwoDots

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Another random major

Pic posted August 14, 2022

Which these showed up as often IRL

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Off to a strong start

Pic posted August 9, 2022

Still low-rolling, but a solid night

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Twingo Blackout!

Pic posted August 7, 2022

Never had that before – thanks to John for the great evening ⚾️

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Amber Abode

Pic posted August 6, 2022

We were welcomed with open paws into the Amber Abode. What beautiful things we found! @TwoDots

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Second random major ever

Pic posted August 3, 2022

Wonder if there really are random grand jackpots too…

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Nickel Orchid Addendum

Posted August 2, 2022

Headed up to Grand Casino Hinckley today to test a theory about Black Orchid – that the top Orchid Progressive has the same odds on a nickel bet as it does on any other bet (see my recent long-form post on the Orchid here). On our last stop at Hinckley, there was still one machine with an unusually large top progressive on a nickel bet: a little more than $10,000. Unfortunately, someone beat me to it and that machine reset down to $500 (same as the yellow progressive).

Grand Casino is one of the only properties I know of that has tried to educate guests on volatility. They used to place stickers on the machines with a 1, 2 or 3 so you could tell how the game played. I don’t think they use those any longer, but Black Orchid was always marked a three for high volatility. After my multi-hour session playing nickels, I have to say that playing only one line boosts the volatility through the roof. I think I might’ve had a stretch of 100 or more losing spins before winning anything. Probably not the experience most players are looking for in a slot machine.

Of course the flip side of that is that when you do win, it’s usually for higher multipliers. The closest I came to getting a normal progressive was four cats, which paid $20 (400x win). Also had four jacks once, but that only pays $2.50 (50x). Very few three of a kind wins, although I did get three black orchids once. One of my free spin sessions re-triggered multiple times, for a total of 60 spins (total win: $3.00). Based on play today, I’d say that the frequency of black orchid symbols is the same as other bet levels. All of the other progressives hit much more often with the 40, 80 and 99 cent bets, however.

One last note, nickel orchid is probably not driving the level of play that the marketing department wants from their promotions. The August flier I received offered $5 of free play for every 20 points earned during the day (valid up to three times). I’m only first tier with their players club (“Preferred”) and am not sure how much play is required per point (the Grand Rewards page doesn’t really say). I think I played nickels for almost three hours and earned around 12 points. I prefer to be a low roller in general, but will enjoy going back to “regular” orchid at Mystic Lake next week…

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Not a major, but still fun

Pic posted July 31, 2022

Lots of play @ Mystic Lake on very little money

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The trend for the day?

Pic posted July 30, 2022

Could use some Rib Fest jackpots

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Hello there, Major

Pic posted July 23, 2022

A real-life jackpot would be nice too

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