You’ve heard stories of big jackpot winners in things like Powerball and the lottery. After the winners are identified, the first question that comes up is, “What will you do with the money?” Earnest Cobb, a self-professed multimillion dollar winning slot machine player, claims to have given away most of the money he’s won.
Every once in a while you hear one of these extraordinary gambling stories. No doubt, you scratch your head and wonder if it is true. Might Earnest Cobb be the Billy Walters [arguably America’s most successful sports bettor] of slot machines? You can decide for yourself.
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Earnest Cobb, who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army, says he has won over $10.3 million dollars playing slot machines and has given away approximately 7 to 8 million of it. Considering his purported success, it is interesting that Cobb states he’s never been asked to leave a casino:
“I’ve won over $10.3 million dollars in slot jackpots…The casinos mainly don’t want a person in there that’s cheating…Nothing that I do, there’s no cheating involved. It’s a spiritual thing. It’s a karma thing and it’s just a me being a great person type of thing. When I hit slot jackpots, I give away a lot of money. And I do that because you know I feel as though it’s better to given than to receive… To date out of the $10.3 million, I think I gave away probably $7 or $8 million dollars…I’ve been doing it since I was in the army playing slots over in Germany back in the 90s.”
When it comes to winning money playing slots, Cobb says that timing and good karma are some of the reasons why he’s been successful playing a game he admits is not in a person’s favor.
“It’s all about timing…When you run into a slot machine that has a low payout percentage, those don’t even matter either because it’s all about timing. Somebody can go and drop hundreds of dollars in a slot machine, win nothing and then someone else can come right up, put some money in and hit a jackpot. I’ve done it many times…The odds is not in our favor, but when you’re playing a game of chance, any game of chance, whether it’s roulette or 21 or whatever, you always want to hope for the best…If I go into a casino with a couple grand to play with and I lose probably $16, $1700 dollars, I stop and then I go and give away the other two, three hundred dollars. Just helping somebody, it’s amazing what it can do for my karma and for the jackpot.”
Mr. Cobb believes his spirituality and belief in God is a factor as to why he’s been so purportedly successful winning at slot machines.
“First know, they are only going in there with what they’re willing to lose…You want to try and do something for someone that you don’t know…I don’t like using the word pay it forward because I’ve been doing that before they even came up with the word pay it forward…but you want to show the lord that you’re not so taken by money to where you don’t care about people. I love people. No matter what color, no matter what gender, I love them. You know and when you sincerely love people, things just happen. It’s not luck. It’s nothing more than really believing in the Lord. Some people will say well, you shouldn’t talk about God and gambling, well, when the vow is said and done, none of us are perfect and I think every jackpot I hit I was blessed with it.”
MR Cobb claims that on a show on the TLC Network, he was filmed playing slot machines. He says he ended up winning $1800 and then gave it away:
“They followed me. I was the only guy, as far as I know, I’m was the only man in the state of Michigan to be filmed while he was playing slots in Michigan and yup I hit a jackpot and gave it away. But then I was giving away even before I hit that jackpot. They did a lot of editing, but yeah, I did that and it made me feel good because when it’s all said and done, when I’m able to give to somebody who don’t expect it, then that makes me let them know that that was a blessing from the lord.”
Earnest has laid out his slot machine formula in a book titled The Secrets to Hitting More Jackpots. I wondered why Mr. Cobb would want to give his secrets away and bring attention to himself? This was his response:
“For one, I’m not greedy and then for two, I really want to show people that if I can do it, anybody could do it. And since this book’s been out, people have already got back with me and let me know that they’d hit jackpots and you know they had a whole bunch of luck because of it. And my whole thing is something to be able to give back to the people…I’ve been in the casino so much. I read one slot book that was just, it they just lied and I couldn’t take it no more. So I decided to write a book to let people know how I do it and in my book it’s let you know about different intervals that I go through as far as hitting the buttons and all kinds of good stuff.”
To gamblers and non-gamblers alike, Earnest Cobb’s story is sure to be intriguing. As for a formula to win at slots? Hmmm, I don’t know. It stretches the bounds of my imagination. Whatever the case, Cobb is an interesting individual.
You can find more information about Earnest Cobb and his book Secrets of Hitting More Jackpots at www.theslotguru.com.
You can email Chris Yandek at ChrisYandek@CYInterview.com