This is a story that was just told to me last night that I feel like I have to share. So in March the Bike had a promotion (I actually think the promotion slogan should be "A new promotion every month!") where the player who logged the most 20/40 scans won an iPad. In addition two iPads were awarded to the players who played the most in the 40/80, but that's not the point here. The point is that the Bike 20/40 was (and still is) a dusty ass game full of lobbying nits. It has probably run over night 1 or 2 times THIS YEAR, and routinely breaks in the middle of the afternoon. Despite this, one brave soldier, a man who has played poker for a living for years, managed to clock over 250 scans (hours) that month. I honestly do not think that the game ran for more than 400 hours, and would set the line at something like 375. In short, he was playing in the game for something like 2/3rds of the total time it was running and single handedly paid close to TEN PERCENT of the drop (given the dusty ass nature of the game, what with people lobbying relentlessly just to collect the $10/scan) that went down the hole.
Think about this. The Bike ran a promotion, and this man stepped up to the plate. He held the game together, averaging over 8 scans per day for the entire 31 days of the month. I was there, trust me, I watched. When the game was shit, he played anyway. He wanted that fucking iPad, and he won it going away, playing more hours in that game than anybody else logged in either it or the 40. And after it was all said and done, on April 1st when my old boss handed him the shiny new toy (which by the way is worth something like $600, less than a fourth of what he made off his scans), do you know what he said to him? "Thanks for your business?" Nope. "We appreciate you playing here?" Not even close. He said, and I quote:
"Of all the people who could have won this, it had to be you"