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Low-paying VP machines get play, high-paying VP machines sit idle

10 March 2008

In almost every casino I play in, I'll search for a 9/6 video poker machine among all the 8/5s. Many times I'll find an empty 9/6, and next to it a frenzied player is eagerly slapping an 8/5 machine. The same goes for the joker and wild card video poker games. A few machine pay at the best odds — and are often empty. I don't mind. The other players cover my free drinks and comps.

Casinos will frequently have a mix of high-paying and somewhat lower-paying video poker machines. You always have to check the pay table on your machine to ensure that you're playing at one of the high-paying machines.

I have seen the same thing you have. High-paying machines sit idle, while people play lower-paying machines in the next aisle, across the aisle, or even next to the high-paying machines.

Maybe the light is better at their low-paying 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