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Did my good luck decrease my free play?

16 February 2009

Hi, John,

Thanks for giving us a lot of useful info in your columns.

I have a question about players' clubs that award free slot play to club members who qualify. Is the amount of free play awarded based solely on money spent (as I'd always thought) or are winnings taken into consideration, too? I had a couple of good winning months a while back, followed by a month when dental bills cut into my gaming budget and the very next month my free play was cut nearly in half.

Thanks again for your informative articles.

Ruth

Dear Ruth,

Thanks for the kind words about my columns.

Any casino can use any formula it wants at any time to award free play, but the formulas are usually based only on the amount of play you give. Casinos know that players win sometimes — after all, their business model is to shift money from some players to other players while taking their cut — and they won't penalize you for your good luck.

I think your experience backs this up. It seems from your letter that your free play stayed the same after your winning months and didn't fall until you played less because of your dental bills.

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