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Ask The Slot Expert

25 October 2001

Here's an incident that happened recently at an Atlantic City casino.

Two guys were playing a two-coin $5 Pink Panther machine and hit the jackpot. On the glass, it said the jackpot pays $4,000 when you play one coin and 10,000 coins when you play two. When they hit the jackpot, the screen said, "Congratulations! You have won 2,000 credits!"

Here's everything expressed in dollars. The glass said the jackpot paid $4,000 when you played one coin and $50,000 ("10,000 coins") when you played two. The screen said they won $10,000 ("2,000 credits").

The glass was wrong by $40,000. Other $5 machines that do not have this wacky glass clearly state that the jackpot is $10,000 for two coins.

The casino paid them $10,000. They accepted the money and filed a complaint with the Casino Control Commission.

How much should the casino have paid them and why? Send your opinions to me at my e-mail address below and I'll post the responses and my opinion of what should have been done in a future article.


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