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Ask The Slot Expert

14 July 2000

Dear John,

I visit Las Vegas once a year. Of course, I want to make the most of my time there. Can you tell me what the new hot slot machines are? What strip hotels can I find them in? My husband enjoys video poker (9/6 Jacks or Better). Where are the best places to play? Any help you can give we would appreciate.

Thank you,
Hopeful Winner

Dear Hopeful Winner:

The hottest slot out now is at the MGM Grand. It's based on the Family Feud TV game show. When you win a chance to play the bonus round, a camera on the slot machine takes your picture and digitally inserts your face in the animations during the bonus round.

Other hot slots are all of the Monopoly-based slots. Also the slots based on Yahtzee. You can find these machines at just about every casino.

As for 9/6 Jacks on the strip, they're getting to be tough to find, especially in the low denominations. The best source I've found for current locations of full pay machines is the Video Poker Home Page (www.vphomepage.com). They report 9/6 Jacks at Ballys ($25), Bellagio($0.05-$100), Casino Royale ($0.25), Caesars Palace ($0.25-$1.00), Desert Inn ($1, $5), Flamingo Hilton (%0.25, $1), Harrah's ($5), Imperial Palace ($0.25, $1), Luxor ($1-$10), Mandalay Bay ($1-$10), Mirage ($2-$100), NYNY ($0.25), O'Shea's ($0.25), Paris ($2-$25), Riviera ($1), Sahara ($0.25), San Remo ($0.25), Stardust ($0.25-$1), Treasure Island ($1-$25), Venetian ($0.50-$100), Westward Ho ($0.25).

Although this seems like a lot of machines, remember that this list doesn't indicate how many machines each casino has. In some cases, they have only one or two.

I hope you hit a jackpot and your husband gets a royal flush.

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:

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