I have this friend who lives in Las Vegas and is a financial planner. But, he's also an inveterate gambler. Now, don't get me wrong. He doesn't gamble with any of his clients' money (actually, he's done rather well for them), but he likes to spend some time relaxing in front of the slots. He doesn't play blackjack, or baccarat, or even visit the roulette table, and craps is certainly not for him. But he especially likes the nickel and quarter slots where he can wile away a weekend afternoon or evening watching cherries, bells, faces, and numbers tumble over and over.

I raise all of this because my friend is pretty good with slots and his winnings are well ahead of his losses. Actually, he spent some time with professionals and with casino owners, whom he knows very well (he's their financial planner), and got some pretty good tips on how to handle slots.

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