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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)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Converting free slot play to real dollars

20 December 2017
Question: I usually try to schedule visits to my local casino on the days when it is having hourly drawings for its Players Club members. Except for the last big drawing, which is for cash, all the smaller winners usually get $1,000 in free slot play. So far I haven't been lucky enough to win, but should ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Slot machines removed because they paid out too much

13 December 2017
Question: There were a couple of new machines at a casino in Biloxi, MS, that I played one day. When I returned a couple of weeks later, I was told that they removed them because they were paying out too much. This was told to me by an employee. I know there was a couple that played most of the night and had won over $8,000. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Are slot machines tighter around the holidays?

6 December 2017
Question: What's a good machine to play in a high limit room? Answer: Well, I don't know what you mean by good. Do you mean a machine you'll have fun playing? That's part of my definition, but I don't think that's what you meant. Given that last week's question was about loose machine placement in high ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: The truth about loose slot machines

29 November 2017
Question: Where are the loose slots in a high limit room? By the entrance? By the cage? Answer: Loose slots can make a guest appearance on The Walking Dead. The loose slot, like trickle-down economics, is a zombie idea that just won't die. But unlike trickle-down economics, there was some truth to the loose slot story. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Do the amounts on the Wheel of Fortune affect how often you spin it?

22 November 2017
Question: At The Orleans in Las Vegas, there are three high-limit Wheel of Fortune slot machines in their high limit room. They are all right next to each other. Two of them are $5 credit machines, and you have to bet two credits ($10 per spin) to qualify for the wheel spin that appears only on the final third reel, center line pays only. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Bonus rounds that end just as they start

15 November 2017
Overheard at the video poker machines a few days ago: One player was teaching another how to play. The teacher said to the student, "You want to hold the cards that give you the best chance of winning." Strictly speaking, that's not the best strategy to follow. No combination of cards can give you a ... (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