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Ask The Slot Expert

8 March 2001

John,

I usually take 200 times my bet for video poker and still usually go home broke. Also I usually put my money through the video poker machine about 10 times based on the number of player club points earned per hand played.

What do you think of these numbers?

Dick

Dear Dick,

It seems like the numbers are working out just right.

Let's say you play a dollar machine at $5 per hand. You take $1000 to the casino.

You say you play that through the machine about 10 times, so you get about $10,000 in action from your bankroll. You won about $9,000 during your play. Your payback is 9,000/10,000 or 90%, which is well within the expected range for playing 2,000 or so hands on any video poker machine.

I'm not surprised you go home broke. A negative expectation game (that is, a game that pays back less than 100%, which is just about every video poker machine outside of Nevada and most of them in) will eventually eat your entire bankroll. The trick is to ensure that the slot club benefits and the value you place on being entertained makes up for the money you lose. And, of course, ensure that the money you lose is earmarked for entertainment and not necessities.

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.


For more information about slots and video poker, we recommend:

The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots by John Robison
Break the One-Armed Bandits! by Frank Scoblete
Victory at Video Poker and Video Craps, Keno and Blackjack! by Frank Scoblete
Slot Conquest Audio Cassette Tape (60 minutes) with Frank Scoblete
Winning Strategies at Slots & Video Poker! Video tape hosted by Academy Award Winner James Coburn, Written by Frank Scoblete
The Slot Machine Answer Book by John Grochowski
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