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Ask the Slot Expert: Online sites recommendations

26 May 2021
Question: What online slot sites do you recommend? Answer: Answering this question requires a lot of ifs. It reminds me of answering the how does a slot machine work question. The answer was easy 30 years ago when slots were in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Tunica. Things were pretty much the same everywhere because Nevada's rules begat New Jersey's rules begat Mississippi's rules. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Changing payback on a slot machine

19 May 2021
Question: Hope you are doing well. We are fine and glad to have received our vaccinations. There’s been a number of emails recently regarding whether the casinos can change the machine’s hold (the flip side of payout) and/or have a different payout for different denominations on the same machine. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Does a slot machine automatically raise the payout amounts when one bets more?

12 May 2021
Question: Is there a way to find out the total payout percentage for a particular casino I visit? I live in Idaho, and I am pretty sure there are only three casinos in the state. A small town just across the border between Idaho and Nevada gets quite a lot of business. It actually is so small, it's not ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Does the RNG keep spinning while a machine is not being played?

5 May 2021
Question: When a slot machine is not being played, does the RNG still keep spinning or does it spin only when the button is pushed? If it's spinning continuously, then the time one waits before each hit or pull could make a difference, right? If that's not correct, then how is it possible that the ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Risk analysis and video poker, Part 3

28 April 2021
Question: I usually play Hot Roll Video Poker, ten hands at 5-cent, 10-cent and 25-cent denomination. The game of choice is 8/5 Double Double Bonus or 9/5 for 25-cent denomination. This is all we have here in Boston. Each bet is $5, $10, and $25, respectively. The question is : What is the bankroll ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Risk analysis and video poker, Part 2

21 April 2021
Question: I usually play Hot Roll Video Poker, ten hands at 5-cent, 10-cent and 25-cent denomination. The game of choice is 8/5 Double Double Bonus or 9/5 for 25-cent denomination. This is all we have here in Boston. Each bet is $5, $10, and $25, respectively. The question is: What is the bankroll ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Risk analysis and video poker

14 April 2021
Question: I was wondering how much you would charge to assist me in determining the size of the required bankroll for a video poker variant I play. I usually play Hot Roll Video Poker, ten hands at 5-cent, 10-cent and 25-cent denomination. The game of choice is 8/5 Double Double Bonus or 9/5 for 25-cent denomination. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Readers' advice to hold on to slot winnings

7 April 2021
Question: I read with great interest your answer to the reader's question on how to walk out with your winnings and not put it back into the machine. I too have had difficulty getting up from a machine -- whether winning or losing. A long time ago at the old Atlantic City Hilton, I had a run like never before, or after. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: How do you hold on to your slot winnings?

31 March 2021
Question: I love your articles and Q/A. I have no complaints, most of the time, about the casino where I play twice a month with just $400 each time. I find the pay back is fair. Here is where I need your suggestions: I win and I always put ALL the winnings back. I'm alone and play. Like last week I won $850 and gave it ALL back. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Do you stop playing before you run out of money?

24 March 2021
Two weeks ago I wrote about how I had altered my bankrolling from bringing enough money to see me through all but the worst luck to accepting a greater risk of running out of money before reaching my goal. I usually have a goal of playing a certain number of points because I'm trying to keep on a steady ... (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