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Ask the Slot Expert: Cruising to video poker profits

10 October 2018
Question: Part 1: Regarding your comments about cruise ship casinos For what it is worth, I would offer the observation that several land-based casinos offer promotions that include cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has been a popular partner. It would stand to reason that NCL would recognize ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Lack of replacement parts another reason old slots disappear

3 October 2018
Question: Regarding a recent question about slot paybacks on cruise ships and your statement that generally the video poker machines have worse pay tables than land-based casinos, I can attest that it is true. Having sailed on many different ships, the VP tables are "not playable" by Vegas standards. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Do I win less when I use a player's card?

26 September 2018
Question: My wife thinks that the casino can regulate how much it will let you win based on your card being in the machine or not. She thinks she wins more with her card out of the machine than in. Is there any correlation to this myth or can the casinos assist winning or not winning when your card is ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Should I play multi-hand video poker?

19 September 2018
Question: Single play or multiple on video poker? I usually play 9/6 DDB or 8/5 DB at $0.25 ($1.25 per hand). I haven't played any multiple play, but wonder if it is worth it to start. Where can I find out more info and what I'm looking for in a pay table to be equivalent to 98% payback or higher? ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Does getting comps from a host at a casino affect the offers you get in the mail?

12 September 2018
Question: If I use room and food comps, does that lower my comp balance and then I may not get room comp offers potentially? Answer: I'll answer based on my own experiences with the caveat that your mileage may vary. Other casinos may have different policies, and it may matter if the casino caters to locals or tourists and whether you're a local or a tourist. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: A video poker machine with a 100-coin max bet

5 September 2018
Question: I also have often wondered how comps work. I pretty much only play at GVR [Green Valley Ranch], so that's where I have a host. I could be and am probably wrong, but I've come to the conclusion that the casino hosts must be on some sort of commission basis where they get paid based on how much one of their guests loses. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: The curious case of the complicated comp

29 August 2018
Question: I am a 50-year plus experienced gambler. I know a lot about the subject of gambling, but I just can't figure out the following. I live in Las Vegas and get to know many players in the high roller areas. A few of them who are frequenters of different casinos have told me the following. Their casino host or upper management have told them that they can't give them comps any more. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: A slot machine bets more than the player selected

22 August 2018
Question: Empire Casino. Yonkers, NY. I play the minimum on a 1-cent slot machine, max 50 cents. I placed a voucher value $96.16. Played 1-cent, 50-cent bet & hit the play button. Paid no attention to balance as I was playing only a few minutes. When I finally looked at the balance it was $13.00. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: I'm a picky video poker player

15 August 2018
Question: WOW . . . I hope I never sit next to you in a casino. You just telegraphed how picky you are. You kept saying "their doing nothing wrong, so nothing can be done about it." Bet a dime to a dozen donuts you would if you could. Your true colors came shinning through, and I don't think you realized 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