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Ask the Slot Expert: Broken bet buttons: maintenance issue or meant to be

24 April 2024
Question: In today's article (04/17/2024) about not all betting choices being available on a slot machine, my take is that the machine needs maintenance, like maybe some connections need cleaning or something like that. The question was pretty sketchy. It didn't say "I go to this place often and the ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Slot machines with disabled bet buttons

17 April 2024
Question: We have slot machines that have 30-cent, 60-cent, 90-cent, $1.50 and $3.00 buttons but only the 60-cent and $3.00 buttons work. Is that machine legal? Answer: This is one of those questions where I wish the writer had given more details about location. I suspect that the machines are not in ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Facial recognition at slot machines

10 April 2024
Question: Are there cameras in VLT machines to identify players? Answer: I suppose the theory is that the machine's generosity will be affected by who is playing it. Let's say that the casino can alter a machine for whatever reason. What kinds of safeguards have to be in place to prevent ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: A tale of two bankrolls

3 April 2024
Two slot players are sitting side by side at identical Double Diamond machines. They each put $100 into their machines and bet the max on each spin. After an hour or so of play and playing the same number of spins, they get up to go get something to eat at the food court, the buffet having been closed four years ago. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Thoughts on Video Poker Analyzer

27 March 2024
Question: An interesting article about the analyzer, and since it needs to be connected to the players card and the machines could only be of value to the casinos, not the players. Obviously the only help the players can get is by using software that lets them know if they make mistakes, but it is on ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: A video poker product whose time has passed

20 March 2024
You may not recognize John Acres' name, but you know some of the slot technologies he helped develop like player tracking systems and progressives. I attended a seminar he gave about his player tracking system at the World Gaming Congress around 2000. He sold that company, Acres Gaming, to IGT. His new ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Unbelievable slot drama

13 March 2024
Last week I wrote about discovering that some slot channels on YouTube are not real. That is, instead of showing play with real money at risk in a casino, they show play on machines in someone's game room and no money is at risk. That high-value handpay you're envying may be as real as Harry the Lizard on ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Some YouTube slot channels are as real as the WWE

6 March 2024
Question: So glad you called Vegas Matt and his team out. They disgust me. I feel they are not really playing in a casino a lot of the time. Reminds me of Mucho Deniro slots that got called out a few years ago. Answer: Mucho Deniro? Wasn't that Robert De Niro's Lucha Libre name? (Sorry. Couldn't resist.) You pointed out something that I had never noticed or even considered. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Glitch or gaff

28 February 2024
Sometimes people will only accept the answer they want to hear. Natural gas bills in Las Vegas have skyrocketed over the past year. People on Nextdoor are reporting that their bills have doubled or tripled. Some people posted pictures of bills for many hundreds of dollars, even $800 and $900. They've ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Always win at slots

21 February 2024
The title of the YouTube video My Son Cracked The Code To Always Win At Slots from Vegas Matt and his son intrigued me. My first thought was, "I doubt it," but I had to watch the video. The slot that has been supposedly cracked is Buffalo Ultimate Stampede. The game features a Stampede Meter. When a ... (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