There are a number of fallacies when it comes to gambling. Heck, there’s even something called the gambler’s fallacy.
One axiom often touted by gamblers states that a machine that hasn’t hit in a while “is due,” while a divergent camp believes the opposite, feeling a machine that has hit (preferably multiple times) is “hot.”
Obviously both of these axioms cannot be true, but a slot machine at TropicanaCasino.com is certainly making the case for the “hot” camp.
For the second time in three weeks, the progressive jackpot on the Wonderland slot machine at TropicanaCasino.com has been hit. Furthermore, this is at least the third time the machine’s progressive jackpot has been hit since legal New Jersey online casinos launched in November of 2013.
“There is no doubt about it, this slot is hot,” Steve Callender, the General Manager of Tropicana Atlantic City said of the recent rash of jackpots in a press release. Callender is apparently a believer in the idea of “hot” streaks.
According to the press release, on Friday, May 22, 2015, an online casino player named Bryan from Essex County hit the game’s progressive jackpot for $398,375. Within three weeks the machine was paying out again.
On Monday, June 8, 2015, a second online player, identified as Theresa of Union County, won a $42,419 progressive payout on the Wonderland slot. If you’re wondering why Theresa’s win was far less, it’s because progressive jackpots are reset after being hit.
Since November of 2013, the machine has paid out over $548,000 in progressive online jackpots, according to Callendar.
The Wonderland machine
The Wonderland slot machine is one of the new breed of slot machines that have replaced the old 7-7-7 mindless arm pull machines. Wonderland has a well known storyline (Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass) and features sleek graphics, decision making, and bonus rounds.
According to the Tropicana’s description the machine is:
“Based on one of the best-loved stories of all time, Wonderland is a 100-payline virtual slot game that offers online players a choice of two progressive jackpots that grow with every wager made. As players explore the magical land, they encounter iconic objects like tea cups and mushrooms and memorable characters like the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter.
Those lucky enough to trigger the bonus round even get to challenge the Queen of Hearts to a croquet game for cash.”
Not the first notable NJ online casino jackpot
The nearly $400,000 won by Bryan at TropicanaCasino.com is a huge score, but doesn’t even come close to the largest online slot jackpot in New Jersey’s short history with online gambling. That honor goes to Kathy Ruella who hit a massive $1.3 million progressive jackpot on the Millionaire Genie slot machine back in November of 2014.
Ruella, who admitted, “I’m not much of a gambler,” first started playing online slots in February of 2013 thanks to a free 20 spin offer from HarrahsCasino.com. Ruella won $300 from those free spins and sporadically played the quarter slot machines.
And for Ruella it was every bit as exciting to win online – $1.3 million will have that effect – as winning in person.
“You know when I’m at Harrah’s Atlantic City, there’s bells ringing and people all come over and it gets verified by a staffer right there,” she said. “But I’m happy to report it [winning online] indeed is the same as in the physical casino, and even better I got to celebrate in my pajamas at home.”
Let it Ride is a popular table game available in brick and mortar and online casinos.
Unlike the small stakes Ruella played, the unnamed player was betting big, $500 on each bet, to win such an amount, as he tried to clear a playthrough bonus at the site – proof that big wins come in all shapes and sizes.