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Do all denominations on a multi-denominational machine have the same payback?

24 November 2008

I read your articles and have gained much information from them.

My question is: on multi-denomination machines, is the machine set on the same level of pay back percent for all denominations or does the pay out percent increase with higher denominations on the same machine? When you change your denomination of coin in does it change the pay out percent?

Thank you,
Guy

Dear Guy,

Thanks for the kind words about my column.

The potential for the long-term payback to go up as you increase denomination on a multi-denomination machine certainly exists. You can see the paytable get more generous for the higher denominations on multi-denom machines with video poker games.

We'll never know for sure with slot games because we can't tell the long-term paybacks for them, but as I said the potential exists. It might be wishful thinking, but I like to think that you'll enjoy higher long-term paybacks when you bet the higher denominations on multi-denomination machines.

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