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The Casino Answer Man

20 December 2000

I will soon be in my first tournament and I was wondering if there was any strategy involved other than just pulling the "arm" or hitting the buttons like you do when you play normally? Is it just the fastest person to hit the buttons on the lucky machine?

Laura

The most important thing in slot tournaments is to set the reels spinning as often as possible, giving yourself the maximum number of chances to accumulate points. The best method is to continually tap the max coins button, so that as soon as the reels stop spinning, you start 'em up again.

The continual tapping can be tiring on the wrist. When I play in slot tournaments, I switch hands every so often.

In most states, you play strictly for points. Cash prizes are awarded to the players with the most points. Players do not keep winnings at the machines, so promoters use a souped-up tournament chip that increases the frequency of winning combinations.

Tournaments are different in Illinois. The Illinois Gaming Board requires tournament play be for live money.

One of the gaming board's objections has to do with the tournament chip manufactured by IGT in Nevada. The chip has two settings -- one for tournament play and one for regular casino play. Board members don't want to risk a two-tier chip accidentally being switched to tournament mode during regular play.

Once manufacturers produce a single-mode tournament chip, maybe we'll finally see better tournaments in Illinois.


For more information about slots and video poker, we recommend:

The Slot Machine Answer Book by John Grochowski
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:

> 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:

The Craps Answer Book

> More Books By John Grochowski