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Ask the Slot Expert: Just one RNG?

23 November 2011

We play at Turning Stone in Vernon, New York, an Indian casino. We like to play something called Easy Riches, which has 3 levels of progressive jackpots, depending on your bet amount. My question is, are all of the machines connected to the same RNG computer, so any machine could win any of the 3 jackpots or is the jackpot already programmed into a certain machine, so you would have had to be sitting at that machine to win that jackpot? You have probably had this question a million times :) So to sum it up is there one computer for all 12 machines or individual or both?

Turning Stone has Class II slot machines, so there is only one computer determining the outcomes on the slot machines. Still, any machine could hit any jackpot on any spin. No machine is programmed to be the one to hit the jackpot.

If these were Class III machines, like in Las Vegas, each machine would determine the outcomes of its spins independently.

Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
John


Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert, at slotexpert@comcast.net. Because of the volume of mail I receive, I regret that I can't reply to every question.

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