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The Slot Expert's Guide to Winning at Slots and Video Poker

2 July 2001

I spent a long weekend in Tunica a few weeks ago and I noticed that the casinos had installed a number of multi-denomination machines. This week's tip deals with multi-denomination machines.

A multi-denomination machine is the ultimate Game Maker. Not only do you get to play a number of different games at one machine, you can also play a number of different denominations. You choose nickels when you play an Aussie-style, multi-coin/multi-line game, move up to quarters for a traditional 3-reel game, and maybe switch to half dollars to play video poker. You can play all of those games and denominations and never have to switch machines once.

One thing to be aware of when you play video poker on a multi-denomination machine is that different denominations may have different paytables. For example, a machine might have 9/6 Jacks when you have each credit worth $1, but only 8/5 Jacks when each credit is worth less.

Here are two tips for multi-denomination machines:

1. If you want to play video poker, make sure that you know which denomination was chosen before you check the paytables. Otherwise, you may sit down to play a machine that pays its dollar players well, only to discover that quarter players--you--are not paid as well.

2. Also make sure you know what denomination is active before you hit the bet 1 or bet max buttons. You don't want to put $10 in a machine thinking that you'll get a lot of nickel video poker play out of it, only to discover that half your session stake was eaten by one hand because the machine was set for dollar play.

Multi-denomination machines give the slot player a lot of flexibility in one machine. But with that flexibility comes the potential for making a mistake.

This week's tip: Be careful when playing multi-denomination machines.


Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert, at slotexpert@home.com.


For more information about slots and video poker, we recommend:

The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots by John Robison
Break the One-Armed Bandits! by Frank Scoblete
Victory at Video Poker and Video Craps, Keno and Blackjack! by Frank Scoblete
Slot Conquest Audio Cassette Tape (60 minutes) with Frank Scoblete
Winning Strategies at Slots & Video Poker! Video tape hosted by Academy Award Winner James Coburn, Written by Frank Scoblete
The Slot Machine Answer Book by John Grochowski
The Video Poker Answer Book by John Grochowski
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