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Ask the Slot Expert: Should I play a video poker machine after it hit a big jackpot?

21 February 2018
Question: The new Montreign Casino opened in New York on Feb. 8th. I have been calling the slot manager to find out what class their slot machines are, but they haven't gotten back to me. I can only assume that they are Class II machines, which my understanding is that the slot results are decided by a gigantic computer some where in upstate NY. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Can you win the grand prize each time you get to the bonus round on Fortune 88?

14 February 2018
Question: So bubble craps is the question besides not holding is this completely random theses Interblock organic machines good to know they don't have a rng in craps like slots or slot roulette predetermined bets where its short lived like baccarat or roulette sometimes with theses machines so I guess the ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Paybacks on penny slot machines

7 February 2018
Question: Do you answer all questions? Or just the ones that agree with you? Answer: No and no. I don't answer all questions. I get too many to be able to answer all of them. I answer the questions that I think are the most interesting or that are about something new or are about something old but in a new way. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Do keno machines use RNGs?

31 January 2018
Question: In Las Vegas, do keno machines operate under an RNG as do poker and slot machines? Or are they independent of an RNG and determine the outcome based on the numbers you played that game? The reason I ask is that all too often it seems I can play a five-number game for hours and the minute I ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: How can slot machines be random if I can't win five spins in a row?

24 January 2018
Question: One of the things I'm curious about is in regard to the term "random." You have mentioned, many times, that every pull on a slot machine is completely random from the next. After playing the slots for over 45 years, I have noticed that it is very rare to have a win on more than three consecutive spins. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: American slots and English fruit machines: Divided by more than a common language

17 January 2018
Question: I am an English college student currently studying in London. As part of a research task, I decided to look into the way mathematically true randomness was integrated in slot machines. As I have gathered, you are an expert in slot machines both in how they work and how to maximise the player's profit from it. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: The house edge on very high denomination slot machines

10 January 2018
Question: Hey greetings happy New yr iam just curious .What is the house edge on 500 dollar slot machines. Also if the high limit slots dont get play slot it doesn't matter still with it being set as with the rng? Answer: Happy New Year to you too. May I suggest that next year you dash off your ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Are Vegas casinos more flexible with found money?

3 January 2018
Question: Late last year we were at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and came across a slot machine with $20 credit. After reading all the stories about being busted for stealing money, we found a slot host and reported it. He told us it is yours now. If the person before us left it then it was their problem. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: How does the amount of money played on a machine affect the RNG?

27 December 2017
Question: I understand how slots use the RNG. How does this interact with how much money players over time are putting into one particular machine? Does a machine that is played a lot by many people have a higher chance of paying out over time than one nobody seems to play? I'm trying to figure out if ... (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