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Ask The Slot Expert

19 July 2001

Dear John,

Can you tell me where I can play the WMS Gaming Machine "Stroke of Luck" in Reno? I have played this machine in Vegas at the Mandalay Bay and would love to play it this weekend in Reno. Thanks!! :-)

Best regards,
Elizabeth

Dear Elizabeth:

The WMS Gaming web site (www.wmsgaming.com) does not list which casinos have which of their machines. You can try calling their headquarters in Chicago (800-932-3021) or their office in Reno (775-827-6617). Someone in sales or public relations should be able to answer your question. You can also try calling the casinos and asking them if they have Stroke of Luck.

Best of luck in and out of the casinos!
John

Dear John,

Do you know what happened to the comps at Bellagio?

For the last two years we have been getting very nice offers from Bellagio. We have taken them up on these offers a couple of times and on each visit we received additional comps, so I know that they were pleased with our level of play. We love the property and we not only gamble there, we have eaten at each of the resteraunts.

Since the MGM buyout....nothing. Is this a change in policy? Should I look for another hotel? What would you suggest? What have you heard?

I haven't called our slot host yet, but in the meantime I'm curious about what changes MGM may be inflicting on it customers.

Thanks,
Bill

Dear Bill:

I have heard rumors that MGM tightened up the comps at Bellagio and the other Mirage properties, but I received a very good offer from Treasure Island after the merger and Frank hasn't seen any difference in his level of comps. Since you have a host at Bellagio, give him or her a call and ask about the mailings.

Choosing a new home base in Las Vegas is a rough process. I had to do it last year because I used to always stay at the Desert Inn, and that's not an option anymore. The DI was in the process of making their video poker inventory less desirable, so I might have had to decide whether I still wanted to stay there even though I didn't like their video poker had they remained open.

Comp policies change all the time. I wouldn't start looking for a new hotel unless you feel you now have to pay more than you think it's worth to stay at Bellagio. If you want to stay with a Mirage property, you can try the Mirage or Treasure Island, both of which require less play than Bellagio for similar comps.

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