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Ask the Slot Expert: Gamblers say (and do) the darnedest things

13 April 2022
Jean Scott recently wrote about how well she did in her latest casino visit in her blog: Did we win? Well, not exactly, but we left feeling like happy winners. For the first six or so hours of play, I got deeper and deeper in a depressing hole while playing through $90,000 coin-in, holding one, or two, or even three deuces and never catching the fourth. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Boyd beancounters say "no backsies" on benefits

6 April 2022
From the "Just Because You're Paranoid, That Doesn't Mean They're Not Out to Get You" file: A few years ago, Boyd changed the structure of its slot club. It added two additional premium levels and changed the formulas for moving up in level and for earning points. I met Jean Scott at the Gold Coast the week the new rules went into effect. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Why would a casino remove a popular machine after only three months?

30 March 2022
Question: Do you know how a casino chooses which slot machines to have on their gaming floor? Do you know why a casino would remove a seemingly popular slot game after only 3 months on their gaming floor? The slot game in question is an IGT game called Zodiac Lion and because of the way the game ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Manipulated machines in Montana?

23 March 2022
Question: MONTANA LILS RIGGED: Please get ahold of me sir. I have some information about these lucky lils. I know they are keeping track of wins and losses and pays customers accordingly. Please contact me when you can. I read your article and I was so happy to find somebody that sees what I see! Answer: My first reaction was to move this letter to my slush folder. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Six royals in a cycle

16 March 2022
Question: I just finished what I consider to be a rather strange sequence of Royal Flushes. In my 35 years of playing Video Poker I have not come close to such a sequence. I play two sessions a week at the Indian casino here in AZ. One is about 5 hours long and the other one 7 hours. I only play 8-6 Triple Double Bonus. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: 86'd from a casino

9 March 2022
I recently received an email from someone asking for advice with a casino problem and if I had received the first email the writer had sent about the problem. I hadn't received that email. A few days later it occurred to me that I might have deleted the email without reading it because of the subject. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Bounceback cash or point multiplier?

2 March 2022
A friend who lives near the Gulf Coast casinos called a few days ago to get my take on the current video poker conditions in Las Vegas. He visits Las Vegas frequently -- or, at least, used to visit frequently, pre-pandemic. There was almost complete overlap in the Venn diagram of the casinos we visit most frequently. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: What's the payback on this video poker progressive?

23 February 2022
Question: I’m currently playing a progressive Triple Double Bonus Poker $1 machine that is a 9/5/4 game. The royal flush with 5 coins is currently at $10,238.70. I’ve never seen one this high in all my years of playing and know that this is now a positive play game. With that being said, what would ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: My Theory of Relativity for playing the slots

16 February 2022
A while ago I wrote about my Theory of Relativity in regards to the passage of time in the casino. Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity explained how speed affects mass, time and space. In relation to time, the faster an object moves, the slower time passes for it. You may have heard of the example of the two twins. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: When good slot machines go bad

9 February 2022
I settled in for what I hoped to be an enjoyable -- and profitable -- session playing my favorite Quick Hit Blitz machine. Blitzy was a little glitchy that day. She just wasn't herself. Every once in a while, the reels would take a fraction of a second pause after I hit the Spin button. The reels would ... (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