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Ask the Slot Expert: Why Nevada allows the wheel on Wheel of Fortune

18 January 2017
Question: I've heard that Nevada has a rule that says an electronic version of a game must have the same odds as the live game. If that's the case, why do they allow things like the picking bonus on 88 Fortunes and the non-random wheel on Wheel of Fortune? Answer: Regulation 14.040 Minimum standards ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: When does a Class II slot machine stop the bingo drawing?

11 January 2017
Question: Last week I went to a casino on Macau (I live in Hong Kong) to play 50 Lions. I got 24 lions mixed with diamonds on all lines. I love the game. I know that Las Vegas has regulations that the payback rate should be at least 90%. Do you have any information about the payback rate for slot ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Which video poker paytable is best

4 January 2017
Question: I have been going to Atlantic City for years. Most of the video poker machines that used to payoff are gone and replaced with penny machines. The casinos are beating the people and what is the casino control commission doing? Which in your opinion is the best video poker machine to play? Answer: Penny slots are taking up more and more of the casino floor. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Do low top jackpots on slots hit more frequently?

28 December 2016
Question: I read your articles on 88 Fortunes. I hit the Major Jackpot recently at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. I was playing 68 cents and won $900 plus. I did not realize that I didn't have a shot at the Grand prize of $10,000 plus. I picked two Grands, two Major, two Minor, two Mini and then another Major. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Any big wins on video keno?

21 December 2016
Question: I play video keno at a few of the casinos in San Diego. Almost three years ago, I hit seven jackpots ranging from $1300 to $4500. I've not hit another since. It seemed as if every time I walked into the place, I hit over a two-month period. I always play the same numbers -- eight years of playing those numbers. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Another misleading pick-em bonus

14 December 2016
Question: I have a question about Treasure Chest video poker machines. You get to pick one of five treasure chests after hitting a four-of-a-kind. The amount you can win ranges from 140 quarters to $1199. Does it matter which treasure chest you pick? My belief is that it doesn't matter which one you choose. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Changing the minimum bet on a slot machine

7 December 2016
Question: I play Double Double Bonus Poker at the Parx Casino in Pennsylvania. I have always wondered if I'm playing a VLT or RNG machine. At times I have been dealt two pair and discard one of them and still get two pair. Or if I hold just the high cards, I get the same payoff. This was my shot at ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Intro to the random number generator

30 November 2016
Question: what is the difference between the VLT machines at the racinos and the slot machines at the Vegas-style casinos? Answer: The only thing I can say for sure about a VLT versus a slot machine is that the VLT is operated by a state lottery, hence "video lottery terminal." Some VLTs operate the ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Casino loosens slots for certain players?

23 November 2016
Question: As always, enjoy your articles and expert insights, but I'm gonna complain here a bit. My son gets me a subscription to Casino Player magazine every Christmas. I am getting the issues a month late. I get October issue in November, for example, so any offers, shows, etc., are over by the time I get the magazine. ... (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