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Ask the Slot Expert: When does progressive 8/5 Jacks go positive?

16 February 2017
Question: I play the Progressive Joker Poker machines in Harrah's AC. I am wondering what the odds are of getting five-of-a-kind. Answer: You can expect to hit a five-of-a-kind about once every 11,000 hands, on the average on Joker Poker. The key phrase is on the average. You won't get a quint every 11,000th hand. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Russians cheat a slot machine's RNG

8 February 2017
Question: The RNG can't be beat? Google the headline Russians Engineer a Brilliant Slot Machine Cheat and take a read. Answer: The headline refers to a recent article in Wired. The RNG cannot be beaten -- not without inside knowledge. I've written about RNG cheats many times in the past. Each time a ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Wheel of Fortune max bets

1 February 2017
Question: Your article on the Worst Video Poker Instruction Tape was hilarious! Can you put that on YouTube or somewhere to share? Answer: The column in question was published on this site on 09/14/16. I believe that the program is not in the public domain, so I can't post it. As I'm sure you did too, I searched for it online and couldn't find any copies. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Prosecuting a slot player who cashed out credits he didn't notice were on the machine

25 January 2017
Question: I recently had my first trip to a casino. I walked up to a slot machine to play it and put my ticket in to play and played once or twice and then cashed out. When I cashed out I noticed that the amount on the ticket was more than what I thought I had won. I redeemed the ticket and was done for ... (read more)
 

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)

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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