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Do machines on the end pay better?

21 October 2005

Is there any truth that machines on the end pay off better?

Should you always put the most amount of coins in each time?

M.A.

Dear M.A.:

Most slot directors today order about the same payback percentage for all of their machines in a particular denomination. The machines on the end will have the same payback percentage as the machines in the middle.

I don't think you should always bet max coin on every spin. On straight multipliers, for example, betting more than one coin per spin is a waste because you're not getting an increase in hit frequency or payback percentage.

You can find more of my thoughts about how many coins to play in each type of machine in my book The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots and on this site by searching for The Best Number of Coins to Play.

Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
John


Hello again!!

I felt like a celebrity when I read my question online! Thank you so much.

In Arnie's letter, just above mine on August 8, you mentioned a TIN when winning jackpots. I know it's a Tax Identification Number, but is that the same as a Social Security number? I thought only businesses and such had TINs.

Thanks again for all you do,
Ellie

PS. Last trip, I won $375!!!

Dear Ellie,

Congratulations on your win.

The reference to TINs was on a Web page on the IRS site from which I was quoting. I searched on the IRS site for information about Taxpayer Identification Numbers and this is what I found out.

According to the IRS site, TIN is the general name for any Taxpayer Identification Number. It includes Social Security Numbers, Employer Identification Numbers, Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers, Taxpayer Identification Numbers for Pending U.S. Adoptions, and Preparer Taxpayer Identification Numbers.

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 send a reply to every question. Also be advised that it may take several months for your question to appear in my column.

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