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Blazing 7s Progressive Machine Payback

28 February 2000

I once heard a slot expert say that a Blazing 7s progressive machine has 3 payback chips in it. He said that each chip has more jackpots in it than the previous chip and that the machine switches to the chips with more jackpots in them as the progressive jackpot grows. He said that we should let the amateurs play the machines when the jackpots are low and unlikely and build the jackpots up for us pros. We should play the machines only when the jackpots are high and the machine is using the chip with the most jackpots on it.

A Blazing 7s progressive machine has only one payback program chip in it. It doesn't have multiple chips with different numbers of jackpots on them.

You're just as likely to hit the Blazing 7s progressive jackpot when the meter is low as when the meter is high. The probability of hitting the jackpot never changes. It's the same on every spin.

I like playing Blazing 7s progressives sometimes and I take the value of the jackpot into account when I choose which machine to play. My criterion has nothing to do with the likelihood of hitting the jackpot, however, and everything to do with taxes.

I play machines on which the jackpot is less than $1200 so I can avoid the W-2G. I might also play a machine if the jackpot is above $1500 or so. At that level, I figure that I'll win enough extra money to pay the taxes.


Send your slot and video poker questions to me at slotexpert@home.com.


For more information about slots and video poker:

Break the One-Armed Bandits! by Frank Scoblete
Victory at Video Poker and Video Craps, Keno and Blackjack! by Frank Scoblete
Slot Conquest Audio Cassette Tape (60 minutes) with Frank Scoblete
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