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Ask the Slot Expert: How Do Slots in New York's Racinos Work?28 November 2012
By John Robison, Slot Expert™
Thanks for the kind words about my column.
The machines in New York's racinos are Class II machines, meaning that they do not determine the results of bets themselves but rely on another system to determine the results. As you wrote, the central system tells the video poker machines what the result of a hand will be and it doesn't matter what choices the player makes. Strategy is useless on these machines -- the result is predetermined.
As for their electronic table games, they don't use the "electronic scratch ticket system", but their results are determined by an RNG instead of dealt cards, thrown dice or a roulette ball and wheel.
Most players don't know whether they're playing a Class II or a Class III machine. The classification is statutory, not inherent in how the game plays.
Jackpots for all,
Dear Johnny B.,
Thanks for the kind words.
Let's start with a strategy to do better in a slot tournament round. The only thing a player can do to do better is to try to get in more spins than the other players. The only way to do that is to have a minimal amount of time between the end of one spin and the start of the next one. In that respect, it makes sense to keep hitting that Spin button.
But, as you point, all that pounding before the reels stop spinning is wasted effort. Those button presses are just ignored.
So I agree with you. It's fine to wait a few seconds during the spin before you start pounding the Spin button.
I used to play in quite a few slot tournaments a year. I've seen rounds won by "constant pounders" and by "waiters". (The only thing I didn't see is a round won by me!) Winning is almost all luck. If the waiters keep hitting jackpots and the pounders low-paying combinations, any extra spins the pounders were able to get in will not be able to outweigh the jackpots the waiters keep hitting.
Still, the only thing you can do to improve your results in a round is to get in as many spins as possible. Keep the reels spinning. Doing so doesn't guarantee better results, but it can't hurt -- just don't hurt your wrist.
Jackpots for all,
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