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Ask the Slot Expert: Do machines that share progressives also share RNGs?

10 April 2019
Question: I regularly play at MGM National Harbor and noticed that there is often a "bank" of three to five similar machines which "share" progressive amounts. Recently while at the Borgata in Atlantic City I noticed that similar "banks" of machines are independent as to both progressives and red envelope values. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Can casinos change slot machines in real time?

3 April 2019
Question: I just read the report on stopping the spin, rubbing and pounding on a slot machine. This is irritating and I move away. My question... The casino in Yonkers N.Y. Empire was recently bought by MGM. Does the RNG apply only to tribal casinos? I may have misunderstood what was written but I was under the impression that all slot machines at all casinos were random. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Convincing a player that stopping a spin has no effect on a slot machine's spin

27 March 2019
Question: Hmm, why not start here? http://media.igt.com/support/IGTStandardVoucherLayout_v2-2.pdf Much of what you wrote about [slot tickets] is, well, not really right at all. Except for the basic idea that you can't cheat by altering the ticket (creating a fake ticket). You are correct, that's never ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: What information is on a slot ticket?

20 March 2019
Question: While on a cruise I found a $300 slot voucher the first night. I turned it over to the cashier and asked if they would be able to find the owner. I was told yes! Well, it took five days before the owner was found. So my question is: What information is on the voucher, and if you use a ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Hard Rock Atlantic City stunning improvement over Taj Mahal

13 March 2019
Question: Since the Hard Rock Casino opened in Atlantic City this past summer, it has quickly become our favorite destination. They did a fantastic job of renovating the outdated Taj Mahal. The new place is stunning and they have been very generous. The question that I have for you relates to the Hard Rock Casinos in Florida, as well as other destinations. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: How many hands between royals on a machine?

6 March 2019
Question: When a person hits a royal flush, how long will it take that same machine to hit again? Answer: The machine could hit another royal flush on the next hand or it might take 40,000, 80,000 or 100,000 hands to hit another royal. There's no way to know how many hands it will take. Because every ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: More frustrating video poker situations

27 February 2019
Question: As to errors on ticket redemption machines: I have only had one. It was at Hollywood casino Tunica for $300. They checked the machine and it reported amount dispensed. I would be careful not counting your money. I count mine before I walk away from the machine. Your play is being monitored in most casinos. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: A casino promotion with diminishing returns

20 February 2019
Some follow-ups on previous columns. A few weeks ago I wrote about casinos that were discouraging play. In the following week, I corrected that description and said that the casinos weren't discouraging play so much as they were missing opportunities to encourage play. Well, here's a promotion that does discourage play. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Am I under casino surveillance?

13 February 2019
Have you ever noticed how some ticket redemption machines give you the bills first and then the change, and others give you the change first and then the bills? A couple of days ago I used a machine to redeem a ticket for $300.38. This machine gives coins first then bills. I usually count the bills and the change before leaving the machine to verify that it gave me the correct amount. ... (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