3 Tactics for Overcoming Slot Zombie Syndrome

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Coin goes in. Arm goes down. Coin goes in. Lights go off. Clink, clink, clang. Coins go in the cup. Coin goes in. Arm goes down… Such is the life of a slot zombie. Walk into a casino and you’ll see them everywhere, gamblers who are oblivious to everything other than the hungry machine into which they’re feeding their precious change.

On the face of things, there’s nothing wrong with being a slot zombie if that’s your thing. Slot machines are zombifying for a reason. They’re fun, easy, and are getting more and more diverse every year. On the other hand, even the most complex machine with tons of options and images can lull one into a trance.

If that’s you, and you want to be in a trance no longer, the good news is that there is hope. There are tactics you can employ to shake the slot zombie syndrome, revive yourself, and find new ways to gamble on slot games excitedly again.

Get Up and Move Around

Moving about is invaluable advice when you want to avoid the dreaded slot zombie syndrome. The problem with being a slot zombie is that you’re just doing the same thing over and over again until your brain drifts. Getting up and moving around is a great way to make the brain come back to its senses and start cogitating.

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This is important for two reasons. First, as much fun as slot machines are, no one really wants to be oblivious to the world. There’s a lot to see and hear and do at a casino. Sitting there mindlessly means paying money to do nothing and miss out on the excitement.

Secondly, a lot of slot machines have an element of user interaction that almost borders on you, the slot player, affecting the outcome of game. While this isn’t true of older machines, the new slot machines are more like video games and present a lot of choices.

It sure would be nice to have a functional mind to process all of those choices and see if there’s one that’s more advantageous than the others.

Get up and move around just so your brain has something to do. Even better, change machines and force your brain to play new games like zombie slots! We hear that’s fun. Stimulation will keep your brain working and keep you out of the slot-zombie zone.

Video Poker

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Video poker may sound like a bit of a cop out, but it’s every bit of fun as a slot machine, it’s far more interactive, and you have a decent chance of cashing out some money if you play it smart. Plus, we’re assuming that if you like slot machines enough to enter into the zombie state, then there’s something about gambling through a computer interface that you like.

Again, that’s not a problem. We want to make suggestions based on what you enjoy so you get the most out of your gambling experience. If you’ve not played video poker before, or not done so in a casino, the good news is that video poker machines are everywhere.

This includes the casino bar which would not want you, the humble gambler, to miss out on the chance to lose money while sipping overpriced cocktails.

Therefore, a nice video game terminal is built into many bars. You can insert a bunch of cash and start pressing buttons to your heart’s content.

If you go the video poker route, you’re already avoiding slot zombie syndrome, because poker is a far more intensive game to play than slots. You have a lot of decisions to make about which cards to keep, which cards to toss, whether to stay or whether to fold. Really, playing video poker can be as thrilling as playing a real hand of poker except that you can do it in the privacy of your own area of the bar.

With video poker, you don’t have to worry about tells or tendencies, reading your opponents, or whether the person that just sat down next to you is a card shark waiting to take your cash. Instead, you just have to press the buttons and play until you decide to take your winnings home.

After a while, the thrill of video poker can subside. When that happens, it’s perfectly fine.

Cash out your money, turn it into change and head back to the slot machines with a renewed vigor and a stimulated mind that’s protected against slot zombie syndrome for a while.

Do be careful when you play video poker, though. There are a lot of machines in a casino that look like they’re video poker machines without actually giving you the chance to play poker. These machines are basically just slots with a prettier skin on them. There’s nothing wrong with them, like any good slot machine, but if you’re trying to avoid being a slot zombie, it’s hard to do that while you still continue to play slots.

Trying Another Game Entirely

Split Image of Casino Sportsbook on Left, Roulette Wheel with Ball on Right
We danced around the issue of playing a game completely different than slots, but if you’re trying to avoid slot zombie syndrome, we had to at least suggest that you give a different game a try. A casino is a cornucopia of different ways to wager and win money that are so much more than just the slot machines.

Again, we’re assuming that because slot machines are your thing, you’re going to be less drawn to something like a poker room. With the game of poker, you’re forced to play against others and the ways to lose money are numerous and dynamic. That’s perfectly fine, because the casino has other games it can offer to you.

For instance, consider betting on races.

At this moment, there is a racing event somewhere in the world. As long as the window is open, you can place a bet on it.

The bets don’t have to be large, so you can place a good number of them on a few different races and see if the thrill of watching your racer cross the finish line doesn’t make you feel just a little bit giddy.

Plus, with a little bit of research, you will have far more control over your money-making opportunities than you ever did playing slot machines. As an added bonus, the sports betting area of a casino is usually home to a few people who are willing to chat with you. Social interaction is a fine way to ensure you don’t become a TV zombie instead of a slot zombie.

If sports betting is not your preferred way to gamble, you can also try other casino games like craps and roulette. Both of these games offer you, the player, as much interaction as you want, from placing bets on a number to actually slinging some dice at the craps table.

This means you have more control over whether you take home money than if you were pressing buttons on a slot machine.

Also, both of these games can be social, and that interaction with other people is more than enough to make even the most hardened slot zombie back into a wide awake, fully functional gambling human. Then, you can go back to slot machines if that’s still your thing!


We cannot stress enough that we believe there is nothing wrong with playing slot machines and enjoying them. The mere thrill of hitting that button and watching a cup full of coins drop out of the machine is enough to get our hearts racing.

Where playing slots becomes a problem is when someone becomes a slot zombie, good for little else than dropping in coins and doing the same thing over and over again. That is what we want to avoid.

The time you spend at the slot machine is supposed to be an enjoyed experience, not a mind-numbing ordeal.

To that end, we recommend three tactics to revive a slot zombie from their state. The first is getting up and changing the scenery. Make the brain work to move the body, or learn a new game. This is usually enough to shake of the zombie effects of too many slots.

After that, we recommend trying a game similar to slots (video poker) but different enough to provide a wholly different mental challenge to the would-be slot zombie. Finally, when that fails, we recommend trying a whole new game all together. The casino is full of all kinds of experiences, any of which should be good enough to prevent another case of slot zombie syndrome.