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Have the paybacks on full-pay video poker machines gone down?

18 August 2008

Dear John,

I think you work for the casinos. I have been playing video poker for the past 5-yrs, much of my play being in Las Vegas. I use Bob Dancer's theory of play and have been using his software for the all of the 5-yrs. I know how to select full pay machines and understand the odds. My feedback is that there have been less and less paybacks on the full pay machines without the pay scale changing. All of my competitive advantage players are talking about it and we all can't be wrong. Don't say it's just an unlucky day because sometimes moving to a different casino that day works. It appears that they are either paying that day for almost everybody or they are cold to everybody. It never used to be that way so something is up. The bankroll to play is going up and up on quarters and the payback is going down and down. The casinos are screwing with us and we all know it!

SN

Dear SN,

Okay, let's say that's it's not true that video poker machines in Las Vegas have to deal from a fair deck, and that it's not true that the only way to change the payback on a video poker machine is to change the paytable. Let's say that what you've described is outside the bounds of what can happen in a random game and that almost every video poker hasn't gone through a prolonged losing streak at some point in their video poker careers.

Let's say that the casinos are screwing with you and you all know it.

Why are you and the rest of your group of competitive advantage players still playing?

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