Video Poker: Machine Malfunctions

Not too long ago the monster of all slot machine malfunctions occurred at the Resorts World Casino in Jamaica, Queens. A lady, thinking she won almost $43 million, returned the next day to learn she was getting a steak dinner instead. What went wrong? In this case, it really was a malfunction since the top prize on the display glass was $6,500, even though the machine flashed $42,949,672.76 and the woman was smart enough to take a selfie. The casino grossly mishandled the situation by not just offering her the top prize of $6,500 rather than enduring a far greater loss in bad publicity. Here are some tips for what you should do if your slot machine malfunctions.



IN SEPTEMBERâ??S ISSUE OF Southern Gaming, I wrote about the winning hand frequency for 9/6 Double Double Bonus (9/6 DDB), one of the most popular games on the casino floor. However, 9/6 Jacks or Better (9/6 JOB) has both a higher expected return (ER) and a lower variance (less risk to your bankroll) than 9/6 DDB. Why then, do so many players choose 9/6 DDB over 9/6 JOB? They love the potential thrill of more jackpot opportunities and they do not understand the implications of the hand frequency data. (more…)

Video Poker: Theo For Comps

Nowadays players are much better informed than in bygone times. Thatâ??s a double-edged sword, since many casinos assume that their base patrons know more than most do about game strategy as well as the comps game. One area, in particular, that is widely misunderstood is the system used within a casino to determine the amount of dollars you will be offered in comps, especially for food. (more…)