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Ask the Slot Expert: Slot jackpot dispute in Florida

19 April 2017
Question: Can you please comment on an incident that happened in Florida this last week? Someone was playing video poker at $50 per hand, and asked a friend to push the button for luck and won $100,000. The jackpot was paid to the person pushing the button per casino rules. This doesn’t sound right to me. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Why are penny slots so popular?

12 April 2017
Question: I hate penny slots, and that’s all I can find anymore here in Oklahoma. I’d love to go back to Vegas but I’m pretty sure the situation is the same there. I used to sit for hours enjoying huge banks of quarter and sometimes dollar machines, while waitresses occasionally brought me free drinks. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Calculating a slot machine's volatility

5 April 2017
Question: I am a junior student of math from China. I have a term project to do statistical computation of a slot game when a paytable and reel strip are given. I learned some computations from books and your website. But I got stuck when tried to compute the volatility of a slot game. I appreciate it ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: When to play video poker aggressively

29 March 2017
Question: I read with great interest your article about those who succumb to "Royal Flush Fever" and toss away a high pair, or other a winning hand, to go after the rare royal flush hit. May I suggest that once you have hit one of these long shots, you are "infected" for life and it is hard to play sensibly from then on? My infection happened in 2008. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Royal flush probabilities

22 March 2017
Question: My friend said that he once read an article that said you were more likely to get a royal flush when you're dealt three of the cards than when you're dealt four. That doesn't make sense to me. Is he right? Answer: I think I read the same article, many, many years ago. Your friend missed an important part of the article. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Hold pat straight flush, or go for the royal?

15 March 2017
Question: My wife was recently dealt a straight flush starting with the 9 through king. What would you do, and what is the proper play? Keep the straight flush or throw away the 9 and go for a royal flush? Answer: What I would do is make the proper play, even though it's sometimes tempting to make a different play. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Adding symbols in a bonus round

8 March 2017
Question: I have a question about the Zeus slot machine. When you hit the free game bonus, there are two additional features with the free games. One is a symbol that awards one additional free game every time it appears on the screen. The other is the one I'm questioning. If any red-colored Zeuses ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: How much to tip for a slot machine jackpot?

1 March 2017
Question: When hitting a hand-paid jackpot, what is the courtesy regarding tipping the slot attendant that pays you? Do you tip higher for bigger jackpots? I hit for $1,300 and $8,000 last week and it seemed to me the attendants were truly appreciative of any tip. Answer: Something strange seems to be going on with hand-paid jackpots. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: What are the odds of being dealt a royal flush?

22 February 2017
Question: I recently was dealt a royal flush. What are the odds of being dealt a royal flush? Answer: Congratulations. All royals are great, but dealt royals are special because they happen so rarely. I was lucky enough to be dealt a royal twice last year, an occurrence I doubt will ever happen ... (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