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Ask The Slot Expert

2 November 2000

In the introduction to your video poker quiz in the July issue of Midwest Gaming and Travel you state "on a 9/6 Jacks or better machine." The Slots manager at the Mille Lacs Indian Grand Casino was not able to tell me what a 9/6 machine was.

Any help will be appreciated.

Burt

Dear Burt,

A 9/6 Jacks or Better machine has this paytable: royal flush 250/4000 (with 5 coins played), straight flush 50, 4-of-a-kind 25, full house 9, flush 6, straight 4, 3-of-a-kind 3, two pair 2, and jacks or better 1.

The 9/6 designation refers to the payback on the full house and flush. A 9/6 Jacks or Better machine is one of the best-paying video poker paytables available. It pays back 99.5 percent in the long run. It used to be enough to just look for a machine that paid 9 and 6 for the full house and flush to find a 9/6 Jacks machine. But now you have to look at the entire paytable. There are paytables that pay 9 for a full house and 6 for a flush and pay other amounts for the other winning hands. These paytables all pay back less than 9/6 Jacks, so you have to look at the entire paytable to make sure you have indeed found a 9/6 Jacks machine.

I specified a paytable in the quiz because the best combination of cards to hold for some of the hands would have been different with a different paytable.

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