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Ask The Slot Expert

24 August 2000

Dear John,

I live in Ontario, Canada and I have a question about the GameMaker machines that have different games on them including video keno.

I have been told all kind of stories about how these machines work. Would you please clear this matter up for me?

My question is: When I pick, say, numbers 1,2, and 3 on any one spin and 4, 5, and 6 come up in that turn, would I have won if I had picked 4, 5, and 6 instead of 1, 2, and 3?

Some people tell me that the numbers you pick do not matter, only how many you pick, which only helps decide how much you will win. Please help me clear up this matter.

Thank you,
Don

Dear Don:

The numbers you pick definitely do make a difference.

You choose the numbers you want to play. When you press the Draw button, the computer in the machine randomly draws the appropriate number of numbers. The machine then pays you off according to how many of the numbers you chose match the numbers the machine chose.

In your example, you would have won had you chosen 4, 5, and 6 instead of 1, 2, and 3.

Best of luck in and out of the casinos!
John


Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert, at slotexpert@home.com.


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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