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Will casinos loosen machines to entice people to play?

23 March 2009

Hi John,

I'll make this short and to the point. More then ever I have received numerous invites at unbelievable rates for hotel rooms in Vegas. One friend commented to me that due to the U.S. economy people are not spending as much at the casinos.

My question is: Can and would the casinos loosen the slot machines to entice you to play and spend your money?

I'm going to Vegas in September and was wondering if the slots might be paying a little more.

Thanks,
Alixe

Dear Alixe,

The problem with raising the long-term paybacks on machines to get people to play is that players don't really experience long-term payback. It would take tracking the results after millions of spins for a player to be able to reliably tell the difference between a 95% payback machine and a 97% payback machine. The casino could go through the expense of replacing the payback chips in its machines and players would not consistently know they are getting a better deal. Some players will lose and they won't be convinced that the paybacks have been improved.

It's much easier for casinos to offer better room deals and extra comps and benefits for playing. In addition, it's a better deal that players know they are getting.

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