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

3 July 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.


This is another tip for all casino games. I call it the Dunkin' Donuts Comp.

When you need a few bucks to get a snack, such as a cup of coffee and a donut, take a shot at winning the money to pay for it. Try a buck or two in a slot or video poker machine or a small bet at blackjack, craps, and roulette. If you win, use your winnings to pay for some or all of your snack. If you lose, well, you're only out a few extra bucks. If you play the tables, choose a roughly 50/50 bet, such as a hand of blackjack, the even-money bets at roulette, or the pass or don't pass line at craps.

Here's how I play the Dunkin' Donuts Comp. Suppose I need $4 for an iced coffee and bagel for breakfast. I'd either: play a hand of blackjack for $5; put $5 down on red, black, high, low, odd, or even at roulette; or put $5 down on the pass or don't pass line at craps. Win or lose, I'm done. If I push, I'll give it another try. For video poker, I'd play $5 through a quarter machine or maybe one hand of dollar video poker, if I'm feeling particularly lucky. For slots, I'd try $3 to $5 through either a quarter or a dollar machine. If I'm ever ahead by $4 to $5, I'll cash out with my "comp."


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