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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)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: Was that really a missed royal?

25 November 2020
How many times has this happened to you? You hit the Deal button and your final hand has four cards of a royal flush. You grumble a bit, maybe curse out the machine, and say, "Another missed royal." But did you really just miss out on a royal? Anytime I end up with four cards to a royal in my ending hand, my gut reaction is to think, Ugh. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: A reader's recent trip to Las Vegas

18 November 2020
Question: We were in Las Vegas the first week of November as planned. Here is what we observed to hopefully help others who are thinking about a visit. We (2 couples) stayed at separate locations; I stayed at the California downtown, the other couple stayed near the Silverton. We each were satisfied with our respective accommodations. ... (read more)
 

Ask the Slot Expert: The last word on the bonus round on 88 Fortunes

11 November 2020
Question: On June 8th 2016 you wrote an article about 88 Fortunes and the gold coin bonuses. You said you were going to write the gaming commission in Nevada and the company that makes the game to ask them about the 12 coins and if there are three of each progressive prize (Mini, Minor, Major and Grand) underneath there all the time. ... (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