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Ask The Slot Expert

14 April 2002

I usually play in Atlantic City. Do the Casinos set the payback on slots differently on the higher end machines?

Marshall

Dear Marshall,

Yes. Casinos in Atlantic City--and everywhere else--generally order higher payback programs for higher denomination machines. According to the paybacks for October 2001 printed in Strictly Slots magazine, nickel slots paid back about 90%, quarters 91%, dollars 92%, and five-dollar 95%.

Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
John

Dear John,

My wife left a Double Down Stud machine and the next person to play hit two four-of-a-kinds and a striaght flush in less than a 1/2 hour. She is very upset! She feels if she had played a little longer, those hits ($3000 total) would have been hers. Do you have any comforting wisdom?

Thanks

It is very frustrating to see someone hit it big on a machine you gave up on. I hope I can provide some comfort.

The machine cycles through hundreds, if not thousands, of outcomes each second. Your wife would have had to have hit the deal button at the precise instants the other player did for her to have hit the same hands. A fraction of a second earlier or later and she would have gotten different hands.

I hope those words provided some comfort.

Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
John


Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert, at slotexpert@comcast.net.


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
The Video Poker 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