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Ask The Slot Expert

15 November 2001

Hi! Mr. Robison,

I listen to you and all your tips on the Good Times Show. Really enjoy it. I would like to know if you ever play the video keno machines? If so, what is a good strategy for this type of machine?

Thanks in advance,
Carolyn

Dear Carolyn,

Thanks for your kind words about the Good Times Show. It's a lot of fun to do and the people in Tunica have always been wonderful whenever I've visited.

I don't play video keno, so I can't give you any firsthand advice. But I can relay something that I learned from Star Brooks, our resident expert on Tahoe and video keno player. In one of her first columns, she wrote that some of the new keno machines coming into Tahoe had lower paytables than older machines. So I'd pay close attention to the paytables on any machines you decide to play to make sure that you're playing the highest-paying paytables available.

Aside from that, there's not much strategy involved. The numbers are chosen at random on each draw and each draw is independent, so there's nothing to be gained by trying to find favored numbers or numbers that are "due." The only strategy would be to analyze the paytable to find which betting option gives you the lowest house edge.

The general advice for playing a negative-expectation game applies. Only bet what you can afford. Play at your own pace. And always use your slot club card.

Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
John

Hi!

Can you tell me anything about the types (and payback percentages) of the video poker available in Aruba?

Thank you,
Mary

Dear Mary,

I've never been to Aruba, so I can't tell you firsthand. I did a quick search on Google and some of the private video poker Internet bulletin boards to which I belong and came up empty-handed.

I'll post your question on the web site and maybe some of our readers will write in with the video poker they've found in Aruba.

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
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