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Ask the Slot Expert: Experiences playing 88 Fortunes

10 July 2019
Question: I read your response to the question on the 88 Fortunes bonus round with great interest. It is interesting to watch the player next to you carefully selecting the bonus coins as if what they selected had any influence on the predetermined outcome. I let them enjoy the game as they want to and ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Advantage play on VLTs in Washington

3 July 2019
Question: Your article on 88 Fortunes was helpful. I am in Washington state with VLTs and the rice bowl does indeed appear to be deceptive. I am reading around trying to determine which machines at my local casino might have advantage play and, for that matter, if the RNG machine titles that are good for advantage play are also good for advantage play in Washington state. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Jackpot and coin values on Lightning Link

26 June 2019
Question: When playing Lightning Link, I noticed that if you play the 2-cent denomination, the Mini goes from $10 to $20 and the Minor goes from $50 to $100. I always tell people that, if they are going to bet $1, play the two cents. I see so many people playing for $1 at the 1-cent bet. Do the dollar ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Multipliers and dealt royals on Double Super Times Pay

19 June 2019
Question: I just read your piece last week about the person whose wife hit the Royal on Double Super Times Pay. I don't know if you are aware that the rules of the game state that if you are dealt a Royal with any multiplier you automatically get the 10x multiplier on the deal and the draw. Somebody hit ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Westgate does right for canceled slot tournament

12 June 2019
It's 8 o'clock Saturday morning at the Westgate. The promotions staff is setting up for the VIP slot tournament beginning at 10 a.m. that day. The machines used in the tournament are special IGT machines that are usually regular slot-floor machines but can be reconfigured as tournament machines using the tournament server to which they are all connected. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: One progressive for multiple video poker machines

5 June 2019
Question: We just returned from Laughlin, NV. We went to the Edgewater casino and played video poker at the bar. All the video poker games are tied to a single jackpot. I've never seen this before and wonder what kind of odds you are getting. I didn't look at all the games, but Double Bonus poker has a 9/6 pay table. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: What is pay-to-meter for slot jackpots?

29 May 2019
Question: I just was reading last week's column about the large voucher at Pimlico. The whole story they tell sounds fishy to me. I think there's something in there that you weren't being told, and it was funny that they so quickly contacted you so that you could have a column out just four days after it ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Slot machine prints ticket worth more than $10,000

22 May 2019
Question: My 27-year-old grandson and I were at Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore for the Preakness on May 18, 2019. Between races he wandered around and went over to play a slot machine. He put $5 into the machine and spun the wheels, then he did so again. Both times he said the payout line-up of wheels did not indicate they were a winning line. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Do casinos on cruise ships cheat?

15 May 2019
Question: I travel to Vegas often and take quite a few cruises, mostly on RCL. I play lots of video poker and blackjack. Obviously the VP pay schedules are pretty bad at sea. Having played millions of hands of VP over the years, I can’t help but feel that the results of each deal are not as random as they would be in a regulated Vegas casino. ... (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