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Ask the Slot Expert: Another strange experience with found tickets

24 May 2017
Question: On a recent trip to Gun Lake Casino in Michigan, I found two tickets on the floor. The total was $90+. I went to a cashier window wondering what to do (I did not try to cash the tickets). She tapdanced around the question and said to go to security. Security said, "Those are not your tickets, ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Where I hit my royals

17 May 2017
Question: Always enjoy your articles and the information you publish. I just read your latest about royal flushes and the percentages of hitting a royal vs. how many cards to the royal you were dealt. We live in the S. Lake Tahoe area, so we play at the five casinos they have here. Reading your article ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: How many cards I held when I hit my royals

10 May 2017
A few weeks ago I addressed an incorrect statement I overheard about royal flush probabilities. This person said he had read an article that said that you're more likely to get a royal flush when you're dealt three cards to the royal than when you're dealt four cards to it. Of course, that statement is wrong. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Betting more and winning less

3 May 2017
Question: I live in Oklahoma and visit the Native American Casinos once a week or so. It is rare we hit a bonus. I tried raising my bet to the maximum and my results were almost no hits at all. Are the machines set to pay less frequently? I find it odd that max bets rarely produce a win on the casinos I visit. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Can you handicap slots?

26 April 2017
Question: Read your article about pick 3 out of 12 coins for progressive jackpot. Many games say player participation has no effect on outcome in the rules. In other words, picking three coins is just for entertainment purposes. Answer: The text I've seen is "Player interaction during the bonus round ... (read more)
 

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: 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)

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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