although that being over 10 years ago,
this 'september' thing when our world comes crashing down
may result in us divulging in2 other things i'm not convinced
it will be the end of slotting altogether,
there has always been a whisper about something in the industry
remember it is still run by the same people with the same dodgy programmers ......
TIME WILL TELL!
...the next day you're the statues!!
Fair play you've beat the bandits, If I didn't enjoy my job I'd be jealous of you but you asked for thoughts and thats mine.
betchrider wrote:You go upto a bird and grab her quim and say "im gonna knock the fuck outta this" and see what happens
Hold on now. You're 36. £10 cash jackpots. That was.....hmmm......let me see 11 years ago wasn't it isn't it? Hmmm?
1997ish. '96. So you were 25 at the time you started winning. So you must have been losing for at least ten years before hand. How did you support yourself before then? If it DOES get as bad as your rumour says it might (which I doubt) then just get a job in finance. I've seen some ropey fools in that sector, if they can do it and not get sacked, then someone with a bit of acumen can do it. No sweeping up, but you will have people above you. That's life, humble pie time, it's not that bad. Well do whatever appeals to you, but I said finance as most fruity bloopers have quick mathematical brains.
If you were caning it from £10 jackpot days, surely you have some other business interests? Unless you live a very hedonistic lifestyle. If you have some funds to fall back on, it'll give you time to adjust and decide on a new career. If that's Mark Pyne and Ady Carnapoussis you're on about, Ady has links with Dave Chapman the MD of CGL Insurance Ltd. He also knows someone big in IGT, but that's another flip of the coin. So again that's insurance, so you know.....check which doors are open. Hope it works out for you..
But, personnaly, I've been wanting out for a long time (almost 10 years in now )and I've made a lot of postitive steps towards what I know will be a rewarding career in the last few months. So, if you right, I'm lucky, I've already accepted it and am already in the process of moving on.
I have to admit tho, I'm jealous of the other proper players around me who are that bit older, and have been working towards saving, and paying off mortgages for the past few years. Mainly because I'm only 27 and have only been playing as a proper job for 2 years. If I hadn't supported all my skint chumbs, worked propely and not partied constantly for so many years, I'd be seriously minted! Anyway, I digress. (At least I drive a 911! :p)
Either way, just because they can't make cat c's anymore, doesn't mean they wont be about. They'll hang on for a while, and if the new breed doesn't provided cash box return, maybe they'll re-surface. Or maybe they'll be about long enough to give us enough to live off untill the first tricks start to arise.
I do however beleive that the UK government fully endorce and actively want vegas style machines all round. It certainly fits in with the new gambling laws, and if they hit percentage, then why risk a fluctuation in a reasonably reliable tax income stream? And then the cynic in me believes also that they aint dumb to what we do, and simply 10's millions of pounds are won/defrauded (via empties, its fraud in their eyes) by the likes of us, and they cant tax it(lets nots lie, it is an income, lucks got nothing to do with your bottom line).
To reply more directly to your post. I feel were f00ked. But, positively, you are already in a job, and I imagine you work almost the same hours as most 'normal' workers around you, just because you decide what they are doesn't make it less of a job. Also your job is already a dead end job.
Look at shift work for your move onto the employment ladder, plenty places will let you work three 13 hour a day a weeks, that isn't too far from what you'll be doing now.
As a reply to your post in general, I'm happy to milk the money off machines for the moment, when it ends, it ends, got a good degree (and indeed masters degree) that only finished last year, so when it's over I'll get myself a proper job....
As for other full time players without such qualifications....I'd be a bit more concerned.... as an aside I might add that I know a few players that invested in business's from fruit money, they all ended up LOSING money - it's easier said than done, don't kid yourself.
I do believe however, that between now and a couple of years time this will become the case, not instantly but gradually!
Now take the hint, plan for those days NOW and dont wait for it to happen or face a life of burger selling and cleaning the local shopping centre with those metals thingys...... you know what I'm on about.