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Slot bonus round picks - does it matter ?

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Slot bonus round picks - does it matter ?

According to John Robison , most of the choices you make on slots don't affect the outcome with a few exceptions . See the excerpt from one of his articles below . I would add that on Hot Penny Machines the stop reels unsing the hot penny button often ( seems to) works well when you are trying to get a 3rd "bonus" symbol .

"When Your Choices Do Matter

Video poker. The most obvious example of a machine in which your choices do matter is video poker. You give up anywhere from one or two to as many as five or more percentage points in long-term payback when you play by your hunches instead of a mathematically derived strategy.

Bonus rounds on Mikohn slots. Mikohn has carved out a niche for itself by designing slots that require meaningful choices in their bonus rounds. The choices you make during these bonus rounds do affect the amount you win and the more skillful you are in playing the bonus round, the more you can win. An insider at Mikohn once told me that a good player can pick up over one percentage point in long-term payback over a poorer player.

Some examples: Yahtzee -- you have to choose which die or dice to re-roll during the bonus round to try to get the best-paying Yahtzee hand. Battleship -- you have to choose which grid squares at which to fire your missiles in an attempt to sink the enemy fleet. The fewer missiles you take, the higher your bonus. Ripley's Believe It or Not -- the higher your U.I.Q. (Useless Information Quotient), the more you can win. The machine displays a trivia question along with a number of answers. The sooner you pick the correct answer, the higher your bonus. "

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John Robison, an expert on slot machines and how to play them, is a video poker columnist and writes for many of gaming's leading publications. Hear John on "The Good Times Radio Gaming Show," broadcast from Memphis on WMC 790AM Saturday mornings. You can listen to archives of the show online anytime.

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Is 'skill' really the right word? Recently I've heard about an upcoming Pong slot with a true skill-based bonus round where you play pong versus the computer. It's been touted as the first skill-based slot.

I think what you're really talking about here is luck.

Unless the skill is like ACMama's skill in recognizing when a machine is in a mode such that you can take better advantage of the bonus round.

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I think what he means is that it actually matters what you pick in a bonus round.

Most slots the RNG decides as soon as you spin what you get. If you get a bonus round what you will win on the bonus is determined then too. It doesn't matter what you pick in the bonus, you're going to get the predetermined amount.

According to the article what you pick DOES matter in that particular maker's games. There really is one option that pays 5 and one that pays 10 (for example).

I've played that Yahtzee machine. They used to have two penny ones in Caesars. It was soo fun. I used to spend my whole trip to AC looking foward to playing those machines. And then one day, they were gone. I'd just spent 4 1/2 hours driving there thinking how fun they were going to be. :-( It was very sad.

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Yahtzee Slots!!!!?????? I LOVE Yahtzee, are there any of these machines left anywhere?? Just back from Vegas in June, I never saw any there?

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Ambrva,

I had that same experience with "Off the Charts" I LOVED that slot game & I won a lot on it. The Trop had a "sports bar" casino area that had about 8 or 9 of them in there & I would just play round robin on the machines & end up with a giant bucket of nickels. That section of the Trop is closed now-it's right near the stairs where you come in from the Boardwalk-near the table games. I get sad every time I walk by.

I will never forget coming up the escalator to play my fave game & my shock to see the area all boarded up. There was one other OTC machine left in the casino - it was still there & the next time I went back it was gone.

They came out with newer video versions of Money to Burn & Jackpot Party-I wish they'd revive OTC and Cash Crop.

I am looking forward to Vegas as I think some of the downtown Vegas machines still have them. Did you find any Yachtzees on your last Vegas trip?

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They used to have some Yahtzee slots in Ballys too, they were $0.05 games and a (not as fun to me) variation. They are gone too. :-(

According to the Harrahs slot finder they only have $0.01 Yahtzee games at like Harrahs Cherokee or something like that (not AC, Vegas, or Reno). I've never seen Yahtzee anywhere else.

The penny game was crazy fun. The dice dressed up in all kinds of costumes. Firefighter, Show Girl, Police Man, and one (that we never figured out) that looked like a giant condom (ghost possibly?).

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