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Don't spoil the fun of playing slots

26 January 2009

Hi John,

I love reading your articles and do believe you really are a slot expert. However, I would not like to go to the casinos with you. I'm sure you are a really nice guy, but it seems like you would take all the fun out of playing slots.

I can see you now saying... "tsk... tsk... tsk," and shaking your head when someone is having a good time (whether they are winning or not). I know the outcomes are all RNG-based, but some of us just like the experience.

Anyway, keep sharing your great articles... just don't come near me when I'm playing slots... lol

Allie

Dear Allie,

Thanks for the kind words about my columns.

I would never say "tsk, tsk" if someone is enjoying playing the slots. I want players to experience all of the highs and lows of slot play. We're going to lose most of the time we play, so we should get as much as we can out of the experience — and our bankrolls.

Most slot players don't need to be concerned with the RNG or how slots really work. But when they think that casinos can manipulate the machines, make them tighter or looser based on external conditions or who's playing them; that machines can be due; or that slot-playing systems can make them consistent winners, that's when I think it's necessary to debunk the myths and spread the truth about slots.

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