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Ask The Slot Expert

12 June 2003

In Oklahoma the "real casinos" are illegal. We do have "bingo" slot machines. Do these machines have a Random Number Generator?

I know certain machines can be "hot" or "cold" in real casinos, but I can't figure out these bingo machines. The one I like to play is Beach Vacation. I cannot find a maker on these machines, but other machines are multimedia.

Is there anything you can tell me about these?

Thank you. I enjoy reading all the helpful tips.

Cathy

Dear Cathy,

I've never heard of a machine called Beach Vacation and I wasn't able to find it searching the Internet.

In any case, I can't imagine a machine built in the last 15 or so years that doesn't use an RNG to determine the outcome.

It's buyer beware in unregulated casinos. There's no telling whether the machines in your "casinos" are fair.

Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
John

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I play 8/5 video Joker Poker 2 pair or better in Atlantic City, where the jackpot is 5-of-a-kind. I've read Frank's book Victory At Video Poker which I found informative. I play mostly the Triple Play progressive machines.

My question is the following: Is the strategy the same for the triple play machines as it is for regular 5-of-a-kind machines? I've been following the strategy which appears on page 83. Any feedback would be appreciated.

Thanks!

The strategy for a video poker paytable is the same regardless of the number of hands. So, you use the same strategy for single play, triple play, and even one hundred play.

Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
John

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Dear John,

I am programming a multi-line slot machine.

I am looking for professional reference (book, web-site, etc.) for slot design methodology -- where I can understand how to build the math engine of the slot machine; e.g. percentage, hit frequency, volatility.

Can you help me with a direction for such refernce?

Thank you, Alon

Dear Alon,

Casino Operations Management by Kilby and Fox has everything you need in its slots section.

John

Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert, at slotexpert@comcast.net.

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