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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)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: You can hit the big progressive on 88 Fortunes with a minimum bet

23 May 2018
Question: I read your June 2016 article on 88 Fortunes and was wondering if you ever found out about whether it was possible to win the grand jackpot when betting only 88 cents. Answer: Yes, it is possible to win the Grand jackpot when betting only 88 cents. My July 6, 2016 column contains a letter from a reader who knows someone who won the big jackpot on a minimum bet. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: New tax law affects itemizing gambling losses

16 May 2018
Question: One of the interesting side effects of Trump's new tax bill is that it will virtually eliminate the ability of most gamblers to neutralize their jackpot wins via itemizing. Under the old tax plan, most homeowners generally paid enough in mortgage interest to allow them to meet the minimum threshold for itemizing. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Can a slot machine tell the difference between free play and cash?

9 May 2018
Question: I am constantly reading online that a slot machine cannot differentiate between free play and cash. Recently, the operations of my local casino switched ownership, and we no longer accrue points when using free play. This to me indicates that the machine is indeed distinguishing between cash ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: The Max Bet button on a video poker machine

2 May 2018
Question: I would like to point out a suggestion concerning the use of the max bet button in video poker. For the majority of your article I totally agree. However, not all VP machines are the same. For example, in some jurisdictions, hitting MAX doesn't play 5 credits, it plays 20. At Mohegan Sun, for example, players have to be careful. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Annoying video poker players

25 April 2018
Question: Seriously? You are annoyed by the noise the machines make? Get a set of headphones. That way you can be more certain no one will talk to you either. My wife lets all the credits ring up all the time. It takes more time, she plays less hands that way, and therefore is putting less money at ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: What is a penalty card in video poker?

18 April 2018
Question: I have seen some video poker pocket guides that talk about a penalty card. Can you explain what they mean by a penalty card? Answer: Considering penalty cards in video poker strategy is the perfect example of the 80/20 rule. A simple strategy that does not take penalty cards into account ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: How bet size can legally affect chances for a bonus on a slot machine

11 April 2018
Question: We've always wondered how it works when a machine says, "Higher Bet Improves Chances for Bonus." For example, Triple Quick Hits has three games going plus the moneybags on the side. Something must change in the programming in order to give you more chances at the bonus. I know machines only have one RNG, so we assume the "mapping" to the number of possible combinations must change. ... (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