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Ask the Slot Expert

29 October 1999

My favorite casino lowered their video poker paybacks, but they raised their slot club cashback. Should I look for another casino?

The exact same situation happened to me at the Atlantic City Hilton. They replaced all of their one-dollar 9/6 Jacks or Better machines with 8/5 or lower machines. But at the same time, they increased their cashback rate.

I suggest you look at the total picture when evaluating a casino and its slot club. If you still like playing in the casino, and you like the rest of the property and the restaurants, there's no reason to go elsewhere--especially if the slot club has become more generous. But I would tell your slot host and the director of slot operations that you noticed the machines were replaced with lower-paying machines.

I try to look at the total picture when I evaluate a slot club. Although I would prefer that the casino have many 9/6 Jacks machines in all denominations, I'll play in casinos with inferior video poker if they make up for it by being more generous with cashback and comps.

Here's something else to keep in mind. You're not guaranteed to lose by playing a video poker machine with a lower payback. Your results in video poker are subject to randomness and volatility. It takes a million or so hands for a percent or two change in payback to have a greater effect on your results than randomness.

On the other hand, you're guaranteed to benefit by the increase in the cashback rate. It's not subject to either randomess or volatity. You may actually make out better in the long run by giving up a little of your video poker payback in exchange for the sure thing, the increase in the cashback rate.

John Robison


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