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What do you think of my slot strategy?

16 January 2010

Hi John!

I am wondering what your opinion is of the strategy that I currently use when playing dollar slots. I first choose a slot that requires three dollars max to get the big jackpot. I insert a $100 bill then I play one dollar each time I push the button. I can usually hit a pretty decent payoff within the first 50 dollars. Then I am outta there on to the next machine. Playing one dollar each time extends my play time on a machine and gives me more chances to get a decent payout. I know I won't hit the "Big One," but the chances of that are slim and none, based on my past experience. I am happy to get the small payouts and play longer. What do you think?

Dave

Dear Dave,

I think you have a fine strategy. You're absolutely right that playing one dollar at a time will extend your playing time.

I would suggest, however, that you pick your machines carefully. Never play this strategy on a Buy-A-Pay, a machine on which additional coins buy additional winning combination. And I wouldn't play it on a progressive. The strategy is perfect for straight multipliers.

Your chances of hitting the "Big One" are small, never none. Because the chances of hitting the jackpot are small, you can even use the strategy on bonus multipliers (machines that pay a bonus on the jackpot for full coin).

Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
John


Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert, at slotexpert@comcast.net. Because of the volume of mail I receive, I regret that I can't reply to every question.

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