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The changing landscape of slot payouts

21 May 2013

Dear Frank,

Frank - I enjoy and appreciate you disseminating your gambling knowledge and expertise. I've got two questions regarding slot machines.

1. I understand that the house edge will change depending upon the denomination of the machine with a nickel machine generally having a higher house edge than a dollar machine. But many machines have multiple denominations, i.e. nickel, dime, quarter, etc. Since you're only playing on one machine, does the house edge change if you decide to play a different denomination on that machine?

2. Lots of machines these days have a major and minor jackpot where they're guaranteed to hit by say $5,000 or $200. If the machine is truly random, how does it know it's getting close to a guaranteed jackpot and must hit by a certain amount? It seems additional programming would be required to do this and, if a machine could be programmed this way, how can we be confident that a machine is truly random at all?

Thanks for your input.

Randy


Dear Randy:

Great questions! If you are changing the denomination of the game you are playing you are actually changing the game you are playing. A 5-cent machine is not the same as a 25-cent machine even if the two machines are the same game. In short, same game with different payout is different game.

The RNG can handle the programming you are talking about. The machines that have this feature -- machines I am really not all that familiar with -- probably do not state that they will unequivocally hit jackpots at the money levels indicated but are more likely to. In addition, slot pros would just wait around for the spins to come near to the said amounts so they could hog the machines.

For your letter I am sending you a copy of my book “The Virgin Kiss.”

All the best in and out of the casinos!

Frank Scoblete
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Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

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Frank Scoblete
Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

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