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The Casino Answer Man

15 November 2000

Q. Last week I was looking for a quarter machine, and a couple of times sat down at dollar games by mistake. On one, the denomination was on the video screen, and it was so small I just didn't see it until I sat down. On the other, I actually put a $20 bill into the reader and was surprised when only 20 credits came up. I had to spend extra time going to the cashier's cage -- I'm just not budgeted to play dollars.

Why don't casinos have bigger signs to show where the quarter games are, where the dollars are and so on?

Monopoly Mike

A. Some casinos do have large signs over banks of machines, saying "Dollars" or "Quarters" or "Nickels." But even if they don't, there is a fast way of telling denominations without having to get close up to the machine.

All you need is to know the color code. On top of each slot machine or video poker game, there is a two-tiered light called a "candle." The top light is white. It's usually off. It lights up if you push the "change" button on the machine to signal an attendant, or it flashes on and off if you hit a jackpot that must be paid by hand or if you have a coin jam when cashing out.

The bottom portion of the light is color-coded. The bottom light is red on nickel machines, yellow on quarters and blue on dollars. Look for the colored lights, and you can find the quarter games from clear across the casino.


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
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John Grochowski

John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field, including Midwest Gaming and Travel, Slot Manager, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.

Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. Look for John Grochowski on Facebook and Twitter @GrochowskiJ.

John Grochowski Websites:

www.casinoanswerman.com

Books by John Grochowski:

Winning Tips for Casino Games

> More Books By John Grochowski

John Grochowski
John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field, including Midwest Gaming and Travel, Slot Manager, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.

Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. Look for John Grochowski on Facebook and Twitter @GrochowskiJ.

John Grochowski Websites:

www.casinoanswerman.com

Books by John Grochowski:

> More Books By John Grochowski