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Ask the Slot Expert: More reader comments about whether edge sorting is cheating

4 April 2018
A few more reader comments about the Phil Ivey edge sorting case. See my last two columns for details about the case. It seems to me that a big red flashing light should have been making the dealers' and the pit boss’s heads spin the minute someone asked for a specific brand of playing cards and then ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: More reader comments about whether edge sorting is cheating

4 April 2018
A few more reader comments about the Phil Ivey edge sorting case. See my last two columns for details about the case. It seems to me that a big red flashing light should have been making the dealers' and the pit boss’s heads spin the minute someone asked for a specific brand of playing cards and then ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Readers weigh in on Ivey's edge sorting case

28 March 2018
Last week I posted an article about how Phil Ivey and his partner used a technique called edge sorting to win about $20 million playing baccarat and Punto Banco, a game similar to baccarat. Ivey lost both of the court cases related to his winnings, one filed in New Jersey and the other in the United Kingdom. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Why do some casinos have both Class II and Class III slot machines?

21 March 2018
Question: Why is it that some casinos have both class II and class III slots? Four Winds in Michigan is an example. They seem to have both types of slots. Do they do this because one type of machine has lower payouts? Answer: One class of machines does not necessarily pay back more or less than the other class. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Are the machines in New York's racinos Class II?

14 March 2018
Announcement: I had the privelege of being the guest on Bob Dancer and Richard Munchkin's podcast Gambling with an Edge a few weeks ago. The podcast was recently posted. You can listen to it at https://www.lasvegasadvisor.com/gambling-with-an-edge/podcast-guest-gaming-writer-john-robison/. Question: I listened to your recent podcast with Bob D. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Does speed in hitting the bills matter in the Money Catch bonus on Crazy Money?

7 March 2018
Question: I asked a pit boss once if the shufflers were truly random or used an RNG. He said it did not use a RNG and was random. I was playing with someone once and he said the shuffler can read the cards because they can hit a button and have the shuffler put out the cards in sorted suits. Answer: Hmm. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Is the deal of cards on a video poker machine as random and unbiased as someone dealing a real deck of cards?

28 February 2018
Question: Prior to the recent amendment to the New York Constitution, casino gambling in New York was illegal — thus, video lottery terminals (Class II) were utilized to get around the prohibition. After the amendment to allow gambling in New York, the Rivers Casino in Schenectady, and now the Montreign in the Catskill Mountains, opened. ... (read more)
 

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)

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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