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

1 May 2000

You can hear me give my slot and video poker tips live on The Good Times Show, hosted by Rudi Schiffer with Frank Scoblete, which is broadcast live from Memphis on WHBQ over the air on 560AM and over the Internet on Yahoo! Broadcast on Saturday morning from 8-10 CT.


I'm sure this happened to you. You hold four cards to a royal. You draw, but you don't complete the royal. Then the first card the machine gives you on your next hand is the card you needed for the royal.

Or maybe you hold three of a kind. You draw, but you don't improve your three of a kind. Then one of the cards in your next hand is the card you needed to complete the quad.

Each hand of video poker is an independent event. The hand you're playing now is not affected by the hand you played before, nor will it affect the next hand you play. There's no sense getting upset over a tardy card. The program in the machine isn't trying to bait or frustrate you. Just move on to the next hand, hold the proper cards, and hope for the best.

I know someone who once got so upset over a card that came out one hand too late, he hit the glass on the machine with a little too much force, broke it, and decided to quickly leave the casino to avoid having to explain what he did.

Don't be like this fellow. Casino gambling is supposed to be fun. The more you play, the more frustrating things will happen. But there's always the possibility of a royal on your next hand.


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:

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
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