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Ask the Slot Expert: Do casinos remove slot machines when they pay too much?

8 November 2017
Question: My friends and I won a lot of money from a slot machine. When we went back to the casino a few weeks later, the machine was gone. Do you think the casino removed this machine because it was paying too much? Answer: No, I don't. The casino knows exactly how much the machine should pay back in the long run. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Are extra bets on slots worth making?

1 November 2017
Question: If the RNG determines at the nanosecond I spin if I win or lose, then it seems I should only play one line at a time. If I'm playing a dollar machine with five lines, then did I just waste $4 automatically? If it is either going to win or lose, wouldn't one line be sufficient? Answer: Your ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Long-term payback, hit frequency and near misses on slot machines

25 October 2017
Question: I read your recent column about the frequency of losing combinations with great interest. The letter mentioned a Double Diamond machine. I once was chatting with a slot manager at a casino in A/C years ago who mentioned, if I got this right, that they could order a Double Diamond machine in about 20 different “configurations”. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Why does this losing combination appear so frequently?

18 October 2017
Question: Many times, and I mean many, the same losing result will appear on the reels. This one seems to pop up often. I'll get single bar - Double Diamond - single bar, just missing a nice payout. If not the diamond in the middle, then another symbol surrounded by the single bars at each end. Since ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Are there rules for minimum paybacks for the slots in Indian casinos?

11 October 2017
A few weeks ago a reader asked for a recommendation for a video poker app for iOS. Being a Windows/Android guy, I was of no help. A reader who uses Apple products mentioned VP Pocket, which has a tutorial feature. He also mentioned that you have to be careful that apps work with your version of ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Why some slot machines were out of service

4 October 2017
Question: I was at Niagara Falls Casino today and saw five slot machines with stickers on them. It appeared they were being checked out. (out of service at this time) On the checklist it showed "break CPU seals." What does that mean? Are they changing payoffs or the way it performs? Answer: It's ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Do all 3-card royals have the same chances of completing the royal?

27 September 2017
Question: In response to the annoyance of people that hit the Bet Max instead of the Deal/Draw button: I am one of these people for a couple reasons: In a high-distraction (and to be fair, varying state of inebriation) environment, it reduces potential errors of mistaking which stage of a hand I am ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Using earplugs while playing video poker

20 September 2017
Question: I was playing in the high limit area in Caesars AC a couple of years ago and someone hit something like two cherries and a Double Diamond on one of their $100 machines. Many people came to see what the hit was, but hung back in awesome respect of someone even playing a $100 machine. I took a look too, but did not note if he had one or three coins in. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Birthday luck on a video poker machine

13 September 2017
Question: I had to laugh when I read your recent column that mentioned "birthday luck" as I have experienced it only once in my life (well, so far that is!). I was at Trop in A/C on my birthday about six or seven years ago playing video poker and feeling a bit reckless after a nice birthday dinner and drinks. ... (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