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Ask the Slot Expert: Buffets, slot tickets and the Olympics

25 August 2021
Question: Always enjoyable reading your column. I read and take note of your thoughts (meaning I neither agree nor disagree, but open-minded enough to think about this commentary), other times I feel it apropos to share some of my thoughts. I will start with the Olympics and end with Las Vegas ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Do casinos need to identify advantage video poker players?

18 August 2021
I recently read about a product whose time -- if it ever had a time -- has come and gone. But first.... Everyone in the gaming industry knows John Acres' name, but I doubt if any players recognize it. Still they feel his influence on the slot floor every day. In 1981 he developed the first player tracking system. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Knowing the rules at the Olympics and in the casino

11 August 2021
The Olympics just ended. It's too early to take a victory lap, but it looks like the Japanese have put on a major international event and not a super-spreader event. They did it with frequent testing, prohibiting Covid-positive athletes from competing, contact tracing, isolating athletes after exposure, and mask wearing except when competing. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Unclear and Loathing in Las Vegas

4 August 2021
Question: Good morning, just some commentary on your newsletter just released this morning regarding the emergency commissioners court meeting help yesterday. First, let me begin by saying I am in Texas and have a trip planned on Monday for a one-week to stay in Vegas. Therefore, I have a lot ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Covid restrictions coming back to Las Vegas? Part 2: The Virus Strikes Back

28 July 2021
Events in the fight against Covid moved as fast as the Delta variant today. Moments after the CDC revised its guidance to say that even vaccinated people should wear masks indoors in areas of the country with high transmission rates. Nevada Governor Sisolak issued a directive bringing back the mask mandate in Clark County and 11 other Nevada counties. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Covid restrictions coming back to Las Vegas?

21 July 2021
Last week I wrote that the script of the nightly Covid update on the local news has changed. Before reopening on June 1, the reporters introduced the update by saying that the statistics (7-day average of new cases, positivity rate) were declining and were the lowest numbers seen all year. Now the ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Predetermination and slot machines

14 July 2021
Question: I don't get it. You are very knowledgeable when it comes to gambling and that's why your "page" is so successful and so many, like me, look forward to receiving your weekly newsletter. However, you seem to spend a lot -- I mean a lot -- of time addressing how the slot machines work. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Accounting for bonus rounds in long-term payback

7 July 2021
Question: Interesting bit on the buffets. We always enjoyed them, however, the amount of food wasted bothers us more and more. And how much food should one eat at a meal anyway? I remember years ago the coffee shop at the Excalibur used to have a $4.99 ham and eggs breakfast special in the wee hours. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Another helping of Vegas buffets

30 June 2021
Question: I am always looking forward to your weekly articles. I find most to be thought provoking, always interesting, so when you 'touch a nerve', so to speak, I like to offer my unqualified, albeit honest opinion. To put things in perspective, (I have contributed letters recently) I live in the ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Lamentation(?) for Las Vegas Buffets

23 June 2021
Question: Thanks for all the information in your last issue: Buffets: Gone But Not Forgotten or The Bean Counters Win Another! Answer: Las Vegas re-opened three weeks ago. That really just meant that the remaining Covid mitigation efforts -- like social distancing and capacity restrictions -- ended. ... (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