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Ask The Slot Expert

14 April 2000

Dear John,

Recently I was totally appalled when I spent a good three hours playing a single slot machine, and when my money was out, I got out of the seat to go home, and the very next person, on their first spin, got the jackpot!

Is it true that if I had continued playing, it would have still paid the jackpot to me? I understand the randomness factor, but surely the machine was bound to have paid the jackpot soon anyhow?

R.C.

Dear R.C.:

I can imagine how upset you were.

It's not true that you would have won the jackpot had you continued playing. The Random Number Generator in the machine is constantly generating new random numbers. You would have had to have hit the Spin button at exactly the same time that the other player hit the button to have won the jackpot.

The machine was bound to pay the jackpot. The probability of hitting the jackpot is the same on every spin. But it was not bound to pay it soon. No machine is ever due.

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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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