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Ask The Slot Expert

5 July 2001

Dear John,

We went to Mohegan Sun recently and found a video poker game we never played before. You complete your hand by selecting one of two cards exposed five times until your hand is complete. What is the payback %? What pay schedule should I look for? Also, are the multi-pay machines worth playing? I hit a royal and received $4295, $4000 for the royal, $250 for the straight flush, $25 for the flush and $20 for the straight. It's a Kings or Better machine and next to impossible to program on Bob Dancer Presents WinPoker software.

Thanks for your help,
Frank

Dear Frank:

I have heard of the first video poker machine you mentioned, and I think I played it a year or two ago at the World Gaming Congress Exposition, but I don't know the payback for it or what paytables are available. If you could send me the paytable, perhaps I or one of the readers of Frank Scoblete's Gaming Pages can calculate the payback.

As for the second video poker machine, you're right. I don't think WinPoker can handle a multi-pay machine. Whether or not they're worth playing depends on two factors. First, is the payback competitive with the other video poker offered in the casino. And second, do you like playing the machines. I don't know the paybacks for the multi-pay paytables, but I would imagine that the payback on the machine you played is about the same as that of other video poker machines of the same denomination in that casino. So it really comes down to whether or not you enjoy playing the machine.

Best of luck in and out of the casinos!
John

Dear John,

I know that this isn't about slots, but please do you or Frank know anything about betting on basketball or football? I would greatly appreciate an answer. I am a devoted reader of your writings. I also have a lot of Frank's books.

Thank you,
Markus

Dear Markus,

I'm sorry. Neither I nor Frank know anything about sports betting. Plus, we don't have anyone regularly contributing articles about sports betting to our site, but John May and Fred Renzey occasionally write an article about it. If anyone would like to contribute articles about sports betting, either on a regular or occasional basis, please send me an e-mail at the address below.

Other sections of RGT Online, particularly the Sports Desk and Gambling Tips, have information about sports betting.

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:

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
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