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Ask the Slot Expert: My account was suspended for sharing free play

19 August 2020
Question: I hope you can help me out. I won $100 slot play at a locals casino in Las Vegas, NV. I used some at the time of winning it. Later that night, I returned with my roommate, and I downloaded some of my slot play to him. Then I took my players card out and he was able to play on what I had given him. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Fear of getting sick in Las Vegas

11 August 2020
Question: My biggest fear is I go to Las Vegas and then, when I try to fly home, I have a fever and the virus. We need an insurance policy that will cover a forced stay in a city. Until then, I will drive to a city like Biloxi for fun. Answer: I was stuck in Las Vegas many years ago. There was a ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Should I come to Las Vegas in late August?

5 August 2020
Question: I had to cancel my March LV vacation, casinos closed. I want to plan for a late August trip, but from all your observations, the increasing Covid numbers daily, I worry that LV will AGAIN get shut down, or at least be restricted some more. The bar shutdown thing is a sign that the Governor ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Do casinos ever bring back slot machines?

29 July 2020
Question: Is it possible for a casino to obtain a slot machine that was taken off the casino floor due to leasing reasons? Venetian recently took out Michael Jackson's Wanna Be Starting Something and I'm a big MJ Fan lol. Every time I try to play the new slot machines I just get sad because all the other slots are really boring. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Help analyzing a video poker situation

22 July 2020
I'm not sure how to analyze this video poker situation. I don't think we ever considered an analogous situation in any of the Probability and Statistics courses I took (and have mostly forgotten). And even though analyzing gambling games led to the creation and development of Probability Theory a few centuries ago, video poker wasn't one of the games the mathematicians considered. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Royals and high volatility video poker games

15 July 2020
Question: Is the potential for a royal flush worse than normal when playing high volatility games such as Triple Double Bonus that I like to usually play? Answer: What's normal? This question gives me the opportunity to be a stickler for details. The strategy you play determines how frequently you get a royal flush. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: What will Vegas's casinos be like in August?

8 July 2020
Question: Hi, John, from casino-free New York. None are open and I feel the pain. Budget going farther though. Hopefully I will have my day of fun again soon. Answer: My non-advantage player friends agree with you -- their budgets are going farther. They miss going to the casino, but the extra cash is coming in handy. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Why do some ticket redemption machines always give me twenties?

1 July 2020
Question: Why do the ticket redemption machines in some casinos always give you five $20 bills when it could have given you one $100 bill? Answer: That's one of my pet peeves about redeeming tickets at a machine. If I want $20 bills, I can break a $100 bill. I was very happy when I found one ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Fishing for cash on fish table machines

24 June 2020
Question: I am in Texas. Are there any apps to help my chances of winning on keno, or 7s, or even the fish tables? We have Pot of Gold and Life of Luxury tables, and all types of fish tables. Answer: I'm always amazed at the unusual machines that are in some states. I've never seen these games in New ... (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