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Are the results of bonus rounds predetermined?

20 February 2010

My question is about the bonus round on slot machines. For example, on a machine called Cafe Mula, I have to pick drinks. If I get three coffee cups the bonus round ends.

Is it really my luck or does the machine predetermine what I will win? Because sometimes I do great and then other times right off the bat the round ends. When the screen shows what I could have chosen, I am sometimes very unlucky I got the only pick saying that it was over. A lot of my friends say it's just luck. I thought the machine picks what you will win or not.

Who is right?

Laura

Dear Laura,

The machine does not predetermine what you will win on the bonus round. The only things predetermined are the values of the drinks. Your choices during the bonus round determine how much you win. When the machine reveals the values at the end of the bonus round, it's showing you what you could have won had you made different choices.

Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
John


Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert, at slotexpert@comcast.net. Because of the volume of mail I receive, I regret that I can't reply to every question.

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