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Ask the Slot Expert: Tripped up by "up to"

3 February 2021
I've needed a new cell phone for a year or so now. Well, I don't actually need a new phone. I need a new battery for my five-year old Samsung Galaxy S6. There's an authorized Samsung repair facility two blocks from my regular Starbucks (nearby, that is) that can do the replacement. I think Samsung prefers that you buy a new phone rather than replace the battery. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Making up with my favorite video poker machine

27 January 2021
It was probably one of the shortest break-ups in history. I've played the video poker machine that I broke up with three times since I told it "it's not me, it's you." After years of reliable service, the slot club subsystem on the machine had become increasingly flaky. I've always had rare -- emphasis on "rare" -- problems with the subsystem on video poker machines. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Breaking up (with a video poker machine) is hard to do

20 January 2021
A few weeks ago I wrote about how I was going to have to break up with my favorite video poker machine. It was my favorite for these reasons. There's no glare on its screen. It deals quickly when set to the fastest deal speed and it is in a quiet area of the casino. Other regulars like the machine too. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Las Vegas casinos are not giving anything away anymore

13 January 2021
Question: Years ago our team at work, 12 of us, were all going from Southern California to St. Louis. Someone had the great idea to leave from separate airports. Some from Los Angeles, some from Ontario, and some from Orange County, in case there was an accident all of us wouldn't be dead. We all flew Southwest. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Breaking up with my favorite video poker machine

6 January 2021
Question: Your column on annoying players who don't use the deal button mirrored my feelings completely. You forgot to mention that those same players always pick the loudest machine in the area. I always have a pair of earplugs in my pocket for when I encounter these individuals, they really help. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: The Cash Out-Fake-Out

30 December 2020
Have you ever been fooled by the Cash Out-Fake Out? There's someone's playing a machine and, for whatever reason, you really wish they weren't. Maybe you want to play that machine. Maybe they have a behavior that annoys you. I can't think of anything a slot player has done that annoyed me, but there are some things video poker players have done that I have found irksome. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: More on casino procedures and cash sanitization

23 December 2020
Question: With regards to the question of whether cash is sanitized in casinos, or anywhere else for that matter, here is my thought process. Just imagine how many stripper’s butts (male and female) that bill has been in and that should have you running to the restroom to thoroughly wash your hands! ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Are casinos sanitizing cash?

16 December 2020
Question: Your story on 12/9 about twice meeting up with the same grifter reminded me of a similar incident a few years ago. I was playing at the Flamingo at a bank of VP machines which were close to another. Some dude came up to me and excitedly said that I could have his hit on a machine in that other row because he had an emergency to take care of. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Three royals in 18 hours

9 December 2020
Question: Thanks for the explanation as to how you ended up with NSU deuces as your go-to game. An update on my Royal Flush amazing run. Over the last three sessions of about 6 hours each I have had a Royal each session. Very unusual. I have had over the years two in one day about an hour apart. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Why do you play Deuces Wild?

2 December 2020
Question: You mention playing Deuces Wild almost exclusively. I, and your readers, would find it very interesting why you chose that particular game. Maybe in a future column you could touch on that. At the Indian casino here I play Triple Double almost exclusively. Play once a week for six hours. ... (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