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Ask The Slot Expert (Playing the Same Video Poker Machine)

7 July 2000

Dear John,

What about playing the same machine all the time?

Say you play at a casino four days in a row. On day one you hit a royal. Should you go back the next day and play the same machine? And if you just happened to hit a royal on that second day, should you still play the same machine the next day?

Thanks,
Rose Mary

Dear Rose Mary:

It doesn't make any difference whether you play the same machine all the time or play different machines. All machines with the same paytable have the same long-term payback. The probability of hitting a royal flush or any other paying hand is the same on every hand--even the hand immediately following a royal flush.

I have a favorite machine at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas and it is the only single-hand video poker machine I play there. When I hit a royal on it, I continue playing it the same day, the next day, and every other day. I continue playing it because there is no advantage to switching machines. The probabilities are the same on all the machines on every hand.

Best of luck in and out of the casinos!
John


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:

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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
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