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Does the payback change when I change denomination on a multi-denomination machine?

15 February 2010

I enjoyed your article on the RNG.

I have read that the higher the denomination slot machine the better the payback percentage. Since many machines today have multiple choices, I was wondering if you were playing a machine at $1.00 and then switched to $2.00 on the same machine, is your chance of winning now better?

Thank you,
Les

Dear Les,

Thanks for the kind words about my RNG column.

It's entirely possible that the long-term payback on a multi-denomination machine increases when you increase denomination. We can't tell that the payback has increased on a slot game, but we can tell on a video poker game. The higher denominations on a multi-denomination video poker game almost always have better-paying pay tables than the lower denominations.

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