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Ask the Slot Expert: Why do some casinos have both Class II and Class III slot machines?

21 March 2018
Question: Why is it that some casinos have both class II and class III slots? Four Winds in Michigan is an example. They seem to have both types of slots. Do they do this because one type of machine has lower payouts? Answer: One class of machines does not necessarily pay back more or less than the other class. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Are the machines in New York's racinos Class II?

14 March 2018
Announcement: I had the privelege of being the guest on Bob Dancer and Richard Munchkin's podcast Gambling with an Edge a few weeks ago. The podcast was recently posted. You can listen to it at https://www.lasvegasadvisor.com/gambling-with-an-edge/podcast-guest-gaming-writer-john-robison/. Question: I listened to your recent podcast with Bob D. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Does speed in hitting the bills matter in the Money Catch bonus on Crazy Money?

7 March 2018
Question: I asked a pit boss once if the shufflers were truly random or used an RNG. He said it did not use a RNG and was random. I was playing with someone once and he said the shuffler can read the cards because they can hit a button and have the shuffler put out the cards in sorted suits. Answer: Hmm. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Is the deal of cards on a video poker machine as random and unbiased as someone dealing a real deck of cards?

28 February 2018
Question: Prior to the recent amendment to the New York Constitution, casino gambling in New York was illegal — thus, video lottery terminals (Class II) were utilized to get around the prohibition. After the amendment to allow gambling in New York, the Rivers Casino in Schenectady, and now the Montreign in the Catskill Mountains, opened. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Should I play a video poker machine after it hit a big jackpot?

21 February 2018
Question: The new Montreign Casino opened in New York on Feb. 8th. I have been calling the slot manager to find out what class their slot machines are, but they haven't gotten back to me. I can only assume that they are Class II machines, which my understanding is that the slot results are decided by a gigantic computer some where in upstate NY. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Can you win the grand prize each time you get to the bonus round on Fortune 88?

14 February 2018
Question: So bubble craps is the question besides not holding is this completely random theses Interblock organic machines good to know they don't have a rng in craps like slots or slot roulette predetermined bets where its short lived like baccarat or roulette sometimes with theses machines so I guess the ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Paybacks on penny slot machines

7 February 2018
Question: Do you answer all questions? Or just the ones that agree with you? Answer: No and no. I don't answer all questions. I get too many to be able to answer all of them. I answer the questions that I think are the most interesting or that are about something new or are about something old but in a new way. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Do keno machines use RNGs?

31 January 2018
Question: In Las Vegas, do keno machines operate under an RNG as do poker and slot machines? Or are they independent of an RNG and determine the outcome based on the numbers you played that game? The reason I ask is that all too often it seems I can play a five-number game for hours and the minute I ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: How can slot machines be random if I can't win five spins in a row?

24 January 2018
Question: One of the things I'm curious about is in regard to the term "random." You have mentioned, many times, that every pull on a slot machine is completely random from the next. After playing the slots for over 45 years, I have noticed that it is very rare to have a win on more than three consecutive spins. ... (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