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Profiling the Profile Wizard - Part 1

31 December 2004

I came across an interesting web page that claims to "profile winning slot machines" using an ALGODEC algorithm. Now, I obviously have my doubts but, hey, anything is possible. The site claims to produce a 70% win rate based on their system.

Here is the web site: http://www.abcadvice.com.

Any truth?

Well, here's what I discovered. First, every website of theirs that I attempted to visit (www.abcadvice.com, www.thewizardteam.com, www.algodec.com) wants to run some sort of Javascript program that is not compatible with FireFox and makes the page impossible to view. It's not surprising that all of their URLs have the same problem. They probably all point to the same website. Having been burned many times, I'm hesitant to use Internet Explorer on sites that I don't know anything about.

So, I Googled Algodec via iwon.com to see what I could find. I found some press releases. They need a proofreader. There is a plague sweeping the country that makes people think that you make a noun plural by adding "'s" at the end. The Wizard Team seems to have been infected by it.

I also found a number of SPAM postings from Thomas & Sarah touting the system. No details, just promises of earning several hundred dollars a day. I don't know what the sites with the posts are supposed to be. One post is in the Agriculture section of science-one.com. Another is in the Activism Peacefire section of activismforum.com.

Next, I searched on the Google site. Even though iwon.com gets its search results from Google, I've noticed the results are sometimes different than those you get directly from Google. I was able to find a slide show that would run in FireFox. The slide show consisted of pictures of IGT machines, just some of the machines you can beat using their system.

Sometimes what you're really looking for is on the second or third page of search results. After scrolling through another dozen or so SPAM postings, I found a blurb on domaingrabber.net. Another passage desperately in need of being proofread by someone who at least attended high school English classes. And, while I think of it, I have no idea what the people who run domaingrabber.net do, but it sounds like they grab domain names and then charge exorbitant amounts of money to businesses that want to buy them.

Getting back to the Wizard Team, according to the page their motto is: You Don't Play...Until It's Ready To Pay! They also say that "the Algodec/Profile Wizard system does not require any expenditure of money to test slot machine's". [sic]

Well, how are you supposed to tell that a machine is ready to pay? Mind meld with it? See if it feels hot? Or cold?

It looks like they're charging only $10 for the information. That's fairly reasonable compared with what some other system sellers charge.

Back to the search results, I see more pages with their press releases and SPAM postings. But here's a page entitled Random Numbers On Casino Slots Are Not So Random from their site. Unfortunately, it has the same JavaScript that won't run in my FireFox browser.

Okay, I can't take it anymore. Even though there are plenty of red flags warning against visiting their site, I'm going to trust that the JavaScript is benign and they will not try to hijack my browser or install spyware. I'll tell you what's on their site in my next article.

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 two or more 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