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Ask the Slot Expert: Getting gonged on Fu Dao Le

25 July 2018
Question: One of my favorite slot machines is Fu Dao Le, for which I have several questions: When two of the green gongs appear (on reels 2-4), the next spin most often contains none. Sometimes one, and rarely two, but never three. After about 50,000 spins, I would expect to see at least one. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Four-card royals happen frequently on video poker

18 July 2018
One of the differences I've noticed between casual video poker players and more experienced players is that casual players are very interested in seeing what they almost got at the end of a hand. More experienced players just deal another hand after a losing hand, but casual players will say that they almost got four aces or a straight flush. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: W-2G jackpots and Social Security cards

11 July 2018
Question: I've just been told for the second time that casinos are requiring that they physically see your social security card when completing the paperwork on winnings over the $1,199 threshold. Last week a friend of mine was in line at a Wisconsin Indian casino cashier window and the person in front ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Does raising the denomination on a multi-denomination slot machine raise the long-term payback?

4 July 2018
Question: I've been experimenting with playing a higher denomination with a lower bet rather than max bet at a penny. I've noticed some subtle differences, which has peaked my curiosity on the inner workings of the machine. For example, Dragon Link raises the minor or mini payout from $10 and $50 to $100 and $500 when betting 10 cents a line rather than a penny. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Reprogramming slot machines for a tournament

27 June 2018
Question: At MGM Detroit I saw a bank of slots walled off. All were opened and there were tech folks with laptops. One told me they were reprogramming the machines for a tournament. What gives? Answer: What gives? Nothing sinister. Slot tournaments almost always use machines that are programmed differently from a typical slot machine. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Another way to check free play left on a slot machine

20 June 2018
Question: I'm tired of all the grief that smokers receive. I smoke and I try to be courteous to others. What is aggravating is when I am already smoking and someone sits down next to me or close and then starts fake coughing and waving their hands or the people that remove all the ashtrays in a smoking area. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Old slot machines never die, they just . . .

13 June 2018
Question: Penn National (Hollywood) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, has just removed most of the remaining old machines that I have enjoyed playing. Can't help but wonder what happens to the machines and if they can be purchased? Answer: The slot machines go to a farm upstate where they are in a better ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Why are my slot club offers different from my friends' offers?

6 June 2018
Question: For the last year, I lost every time I went to the casino with a friend. No one can understand why. I usually can win most of the times when I am alone. Although I spend more than my friends, they get invited to use the perks given by the host. Can you shed light on this? Sign me: Exhausted ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: 88 Fortunes and resetting progressives

30 May 2018
Question: I am one of those who wrote in previously having said that I was fortunate enough to hit the Grand Jackpot a total of three times playing 88 Fortunes. Twice at CasaBlanca Casino ($11k+ and $13k+) and once at Eureka Casino ($11k+), both casinos are located in Mesquite, Nevada. I hit the jackpot ... (read more)

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John Robison
John Robison is an expert on slot machines and how to play them. John is a slot and video poker columnist and has written for many of gaming’s leading publications. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the prestigious Stevens Institute of Technology.

You may hear John give his slot and video poker tips live on The Good Times Show, hosted by Rudi Schiffer and Mike Schiffer, which is broadcast from Memphis on KXIQ 1180AM Friday afternoon from from 2PM to 5PM Central Time. John is on the show from 4:30 to 5. You can listen to archives of the show on the web anytime.

Books by John Robison:

The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots
John Robison
John Robison is an expert on slot machines and how to play them. John is a slot and video poker columnist and has written for many of gaming’s leading publications. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the prestigious Stevens Institute of Technology.

You may hear John give his slot and video poker tips live on The Good Times Show, hosted by Rudi Schiffer and Mike Schiffer, which is broadcast from Memphis on KXIQ 1180AM Friday afternoon from from 2PM to 5PM Central Time. John is on the show from 4:30 to 5. You can listen to archives of the show on the web anytime.

Books by John Robison:

The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots