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Can horoscopes help me win at the slots?

14 June 2008

Dear Sir,

Do you think horoscopes help me choose the right time to play a slot machine?

I have seen horoscopes that tells us when to gamble, and whether it is worth gambling on that particular day.

Thanks,
Sail

Dear Sail,

Horoscopes are just as effective at helping you win at the slots as putting pictures of your children on the machine, alternating randomly between pressing the button and pulling the handle, waving your hand across the reels before each spin, and wearing your lucky underwear.

I was going to say that you have nothing to lose by following your horoscope because it doesn't decrease your odds, even though it doesn't increase them either. But then I thought of this possible horoscope:

"The struggle may be long, but luck will come your way eventually. Don't give up too soon."

Someone whose horoscope says they're due for good luck may lose more than they can really afford to lose because they think that good fortune will come with the next $100 buy-in. And when good fortune doesn't come, they think it will come with the next buy-in. So they keep feeding machines because they think they're due to hit, just like one can think a machine is due to hit.

Put the horoscopes where they belong — in the bottom of the bird cage.

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