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

11 September 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 recently received a question from John Brokopp, gaming columnist, author of Thrifty Gambling, and frequent contributor to this site. He had received a question asking whether it was worthwhile to break a straight flush with three deuces and hold just the trio of deuces.

Many people like to play Deuces Wild because they hit the 1,000-coin mini-jackpot for four deuces once every 5,000 hands or so, on the average. In Nevada, moreover, it's possible to find Deuces Wild machines that pay back more than 100% in the casinos that cater to the locals.

So, how do we play a hand with three deuces? There are many Deuces Wild paytables, so you should check the specific strategy for your paytable to make sure you're making the correct play. A good general rule, though, is to hold only the three deuces unless you have a wild royal flush or 5-of-a-kind. And you can refine the rule by not holding the 5-of-a-kind when it pays less than 15.

This week's tip: When playing Deuces Wild, break everything but a wild royal flush or 5-of-a-kind to hold three deuces.


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
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