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

25 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.


My cousin who lives near Atlantic City was visiting this past week and, of course, the subject of slot machines came up. She commented that it is very easy to lose a lot of money quickly on the video slots when you play max coin.

I've seen it happen myself. I was playing a nickel Monopoly machine with one coin on each line and the fellow next to me was playing full coin. Even though he had over 1,000 credits on the machine, they were gone in less than five minutes. And I was still playing, even though I had far fewer credits than he had when I looked.

Here's a tip to make your money last longer when you play the video slots.

Almost every video slot is a straight multiplier, even in the bonus round. That means that the amount you win is just a simple multiple of the amount you bet on a line. In fact, that's the key phrase to look for: "times your line bet."

You gain no mathematical advantage on these machines by playing more than one coin at a time. Because there is no bonus paid on any combination when you play full coin, the long-term payback will be the same whether you play one coin per line or full coin. So, why play any more than one coin at a time?

This week's tip: On a video slot, play one coin per line to stretch your bankroll.


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