Posted August 14th, 2013, 07:10 PM
Here are my thoughts from my limited experience.
1. How many participants are needed to be effective?
I think it's really a case of "the more the merrier", but you don't want such a large group that you can't all watch the machine and share the experience. If a group is too large, you could break it into smaller groups.
2. How do you set the dollar limit per person?
A number around $20 is usually good. If you're going to play a machine that runs $3/spin, then I'd recommend going for $21 so as to keep it even.
3. How do you pick the slots? I know nothing about how to identify a good machine.
I think the better ones are games that have highly visible bonus features. For example, the Wheel of Fortune games are often played because if SPIN comes up on the reels, everyone can look up to see how much is won. Also, you want to ensure that the machine makes sufficient noise when there's a win so that everyone can hear it.
4. Does this need to be coordinated with the casino manager?
No, but if the casino manager or host is willing to help, they might contribute trinkets or other little prizes that you could include. For example, the player who won the top amount during the slot pull could get a t-shirt or a key chain or something.
5. What is a good time/day to hold one?
There have been two times that seemed to work. First, it should be an "at sea" day, if at all possible, and earlier in the cruise is better. Some do it right after the Meet & Mingle party. One time we had it after lunch on an "at sea" day. That was a fun one.
6. Is there anything else I should be aware of?
You should predetermine the winning conditions for the group. As a couple examples, you could:
- Have everyone contribute $21. Then, each person gets 7 spins on a $3 Wheel of Fortune machine (max bet, of course). Leave the winnings in the machine. After everyone has had their 7 spins, if you've doubled your money ($42 * number of players), then cash out and divide the winnings. Otherwise, each player in turn gets another spin until you've doubled your money or depleted it.
- Another way to do it is to put all the money into the machine at once, and then each person takes a spin. If you have a circular area, you could have people walk in a circle and when they get to the machine, they take their spin. Repeat until:
- Everyone has had at least one spin, and
- Money is doubled or depleted
I've seen some people post some very detailed rules and procedures for how their slot pulls were going to be handled. I don't remember where to find them at this point, though. Perhaps someone else reading this thread might be able to share some.