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Ask The Slot Expert

9 August 2001

Dear John,

Paris and Ballys in Las Vegas are conducting a yearlong contest for slots with a $1,000,000 cash prize going to the winner. First you must qualify and play a qualifying monthly contest with the top fifty (50) players each month going to the finals for the $1,000,000 cash prize.

My question is: How do you play the machines to win these qualifying rounds, given that you have qualifyed to make it to the monthly contest?

Thanks,
Markus

Dear Markus:

The way to play in any slot tournament is to hit the Spin button as fast as you can. You want those reels to start spinning again a split second after a spin ends. In this way, you'll get in the maximum number of spins you can in the time allotted.

Best of luck in the tournament. I hope you win the big prize!

John




Dear John,

How can I play poker at home?

I assume you're asking about video poker.

There are a number of ways to play video poker at home.

First, you can buy a casino games package. This will usually include roulette, blackjack, slots, and other games in addition to video poker.

Second, you can buy a video poker program. I think Bob Dancer Presents WinPoker is the best.

Third, you can go to a website that has video poker games. You can try www.videopoker.com and www.wagerworks.com.

Finally, you can go to one of the zillions of online casinos. Most have a "play for free" option.

My first and last suggestions are valid if you really wanted to know about live (table) poker.

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:

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