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Profiling the Profile Wizard - Part 2

9 January 2005

I recently received an e-mail from a reader asking my opinion of a slot system he had seen on the Internet. I did a little searching and found numerous SPAM postings on different websites touting the system. When I tried to visit one of the URLs selling the system, I got a JavaScript error (using FireFox). At the end of my last article, I had decided to throw caution to the wind and visit their site using IE.

I actually didn't throw caution completely to the wind. I first went to the site using my work PC, which has a really good anti-spyware program on it (from the Giant company). I wanted to download it and install it on my home PC, but Microsoft bought Giant at the end of last year, and Giant no longer sells the program. I'll have to wait for the Microsoft-branded version of it later this month.

In any case, no warnings went off and it looks like the JavaScript is just there to disable the left and right mouse buttons. It may do more things, though. It seems to hijack the ctrl-V and shift-Insert key combinations. There's a really nasting looking obfuscated string that has to be "unescaped" before being evaled, so I don't recommend you visit the site. If they weren't trying to hide something, they wouldn't have escaped the string. And I'm really scared by the way the IE logo flickers in the status bar on the bottom of the page.

Looking at the content on the site itself, just as in their press releases, tons of typos everywhere. They say their system is "like counting cards, but much .. much easier!"

Already, here's a problem. Counting cards works because blackjack is a dependent trials game. That is, what has happened in the past affects what will happen in the future. Slots, on the other hand, are independent trials games. What has happened in the past has no bearing on what will happen in the future. When a ten is dealt in blackjack, you're less likely to get a ten because one of the tens in the deck is now out of play. On the other hand, when you hit mixed bars on a slot, your chances of hitting mixed bars on the next spin haven't changed. One of the mixed bars combinations was not removed from the machine.

On their page about the RNG, they say: "Our method will help you in two ways, (1) .. Playing only those machines that will pay a win sooner than much latter [sic] thereby saving you money ... You don't play a machine unless it is ready to pay. (2) Knowing when to stop playing after a win which is as important if not more important than knowing when to start."

So, how does this system work? From their site:

Therefore to profile casino slots, you will need a partner to work with who will standby a computer somewhere, anywhere, next door or even in another country who will run the data retrieved from a slot machine(s) by you at the casino. So! .. what we have is two people, one at the casino who will find the appropriate machines to profile, call in the data to their partner using a cell-phone .. and the other person being connected to our special website, would run the data through the Profile Wizard data base program and be prompted with a decision as to what the person at the casino should do next .. play and win .. or pass and find another machine .. etc .. etc!

How much will ths cost? In my first article, I wrote that I had found a release on another site mentioning something about $10, but that figure is nowhere to be found on their sales site. On their order page (By the way, why does every link they have on their site have to open a new instance of the browser?), your choices are $138 for five days of unlimited profiling, $278 for 15, and $418 for 30.

As I said before, slot machines are independent trials games. You can't predict what will happen next by what has happened in the past. The RNG is running constantly and the machine goes through dozens of different outcomes if you wait even a fraction of a second before pressing the spin button. How can they possibly profile a machine?

This system is complete nonsense.

The final insult is in the Contact Information and Technical Support section:

We have been running several websites for the past few years with our contact info available to everyone who visits but due to the tremendous amount of non sales related questions and even some not related to casino slots altogether, we decided to charge a $5.00 non refundable fee to process all non customer inquiries whether they are sales related or not, or website business related or not. Sorry about that!

Gee, you have to pay $5 just to ask them a question about their system.

On many pages on their site, they mention other slot systems and call them "crap." Well, they ought to know.

Save your money.


If you want a good value for a couple of hundred dollars, come to Frank Scoblete's Gamblers Jamboree at Casino Windsor near Detroit on May 21 and May 22, 2005. There will be over 36 seminars featuring many of the writers on the Frank Scoblete network, including myself. Regular rates for the jamboree are $199 for one person or $299 for two, but you can get a 10% discount if you mention that the Slot Expert sent you. Call 1-800-944-0406 for more information or to register.


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