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Ask the Slot Expert: Advice for playing Class II slot machines28 August 2013
I reprinted your letter without any editing. Let me address some of your points.
How many complaints are too many? The casino business is a business that generates more complaints than other businesses. Players grumble every time they lose money. Formal complaints, I think, are few and far between because in the end players accept losing as a part of the game and the inevitable outcome if they play long enough.
I agree that it is no joke when players drain their bank accounts trying to win their money back. I always tell players that no machine is ever due and the odds are the same on every spin. Chasing your losses usually only leads to greater losses.
The machines are not literally hypnotizing players, but they are designed to make playing them fun and to entice players to keep playing. An intermittent, unpredictable reward is a very powerful way to get people to repeat a behavior. Many times I have heard players (myself included) say that they'll keep playing until they hit the bonus round one more time.
You make a number of statements that are begging for some examples and proof. What evidence do you have that techs know when machines will hit and send family members to play them? What are some examples of machines being compromised while being played? What happened that shouldn't have happened or what didn't happen that should have happened? What evidence do you have that "bogus numbers" are being recorded and reported? Referring to your first "explain that," I need more details about what exactly "that" is.
I don't see any problem in your bonus round example. I've had playing sessions in which the bonus rounds were few and far between and then I won next to nothing -- and even nothing -- when I finally got to the bonus round. The explanation is that they didn't do well in their bonus rounds. Not winning a lot in a bonus round is not an indication that something is wrong with a machine or that the machine is being manipulated.
Finally, I think it is highly unlikely that the State of New York is complicit in a vast conspiracy to run crooked casinos. I'd really like some examples and concrete proof for your statement that "the machines are definitely being influenced and controlled by someone. "
I have the same advice as for Class III machines: Play with money earmarked for entertainment and that you can afford to lose; use money management techniques to ensure your money lasts for as long as you want to play; use your players card to ensure you get the comps your play has earned; and don't play more just to get a comp.
The primary difference between a Class II and a Class III slot machine is how their results are determined. In the end, a 90 percent payback slot is a 90 percent payback slot, regardless of whether it is Class II or Class III.
The only different advice I have is for video poker. A Class II video poker machine is a slot machine, not a true video poker machine. Don't bother playing with a strategy; it's useless. The machine isn't dealing cards from a deck. The central system has already determined the result of your hand -- regardless of what you do!
Jackpots for all,
Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert™, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Because of the volume of mail I receive, I regret that I can't reply to every question.
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