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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)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Are barred players entitled to their cash back outside Nevada?

6 February 2019
Question: Reading your Gaming Guru columns distributed by Casino City Times is one of things I look forward to every time I log into my e-mail account. Thanks for presenting all the extremely valuable information that you have provided over the years, in an entertaining and very readable format. My ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: A casino changes a promotion — and makes it better!

30 January 2019
Over the past few weeks I've complained about actions that casinos have taken. This week I want to laud a casino for an action it took that actually improved a promotion. It's not a fairy tale. It really happened. For many years, the Suncoast Casino offered a Dinner and a Movie promotion. Earn a certain ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Dine-in only dining credits

23 January 2019
Every casino promotion and benefit is designed to get you to go to the casino. Some go a step further and are designed to get you to stay in the casino longer, the theory being that the longer you stay in the casino, the more you'll play. I have a small problem with one benefit that is designed to get you to stay in the casino — dine-in only dining credits. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: When casinos miss opportunities to encourage players to play

16 January 2019
There's an expression in French, l'esprit de l'escalier, which roughly translates to "staircase wit." It refers to when you think of the perfect reply or course of action when it is too late. According to Wikipedia, the expression arose from an essay by French Philosopher Denis Diderot. In the essay, he ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: When casinos discourage players from playing

9 January 2019
Not much changed the first two years I lived in Las Vegas. The video poker inventories at the casinos I play in stayed pretty much the same, as did their slot clubs. The floodgates opened this past year, however, and there were video poker changes (mostly downgrades but one upgrade!) or slot club changes or both at almost every one of my casinos. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Betting advice for Dragon Link games

2 January 2019
A few odds and ends to close out the year. Question: I just got back from a short trip to Vegas where I played bubble craps at several locations. Coincidentally, I read your column both before I left and after I returned. Several observations about malfunctions: In the past the machines seemed to automatically re-roll after one of the dice was tilted against the wall of the pit. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: There must be something wrong with this video poker machine

26 December 2018
I like playing this one bartop machine at a casino I visit once or twice a week. I only play this machine when the bar is not open. I don't want to take up a position when the bar is open because I order only the occasional water or Coke, though sometimes some rum does sneak into my soft drink. The chairs at this bar are normal height, not tall. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Is the bonus amount predetermined when you have a choice of bonus games?

19 December 2018
Question: I was on a ship playing Dancing Drums and sitting next to a friend playing the same machine. She hit the progressive feature and was very deliberate in making her choices (as if she had an influence on the outcome). After she hit the Mini, I tried my best to explain to her that the result was already pre-determined and had nothing to do with her choices. ... (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