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

18 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.


Many people like to play full coin on the slots. Even though it's true that you sometimes get a higher payback when you play full coin on a machine, the extra payback is rarely enough to overcome the additional risk. (Long-time readers will recall a series of tips I gave late last year and early this year about when it is worthwhile to play full coin. You can retrieve these tips using the search page.)

I have to admit, though, that it's much easier to hit the Bet Max button than to play one coin at a time by hitting the Bet One button and then the Spin button or dropping a coin in the machine and pulling the handle. So, here's a bankroll-stretching tip for full-coin players.

If you want to play full coin, do it on a 2-coin machine. If you normally play a 3-coin machine, you'll get half again as many spins from your bankroll alone. More spins means more playing time and more chances at the big jackpot.

This week's tip: If you play full coin, you can stretch your bankroll by playing full coin on a 2-coin machine, instead of a 3-coin or higher machine.


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