It continues to surprise me that there are still people out there who are ready to pay, often in large sums of money, for alleged methods of winning at casinos. A recent post on this forum made me aware of a man who, according to the thread, offers books with secrets for winning at slot machines.
Due to the nature of my work, I will not identify the individual or provide any connections to his website, as I do not want to provide him with any more traffic. That being said, here are some of the slots that he claims to be familiar with (and is ready to offer winning strategies for):
Lightning Link is a shortened form of Lightning Link.
Dragon Link is a video game character created by the Japanese manga artist Akira Toriyama.
Wheel of Fortune Double Gold – Top Dollar Pinball Machine
I haven’t had the chance to play Pinball yet, and I have no interest in trying my hand at any of the other machines since, as far as I can tell, there isn’t a straightforward method to defeat them.
It appears that the majority of Lightning Link games have some form of Progressive, which means that there is a mathematical point (based on the probabilities) at which a machine should become a positive expected value, but there is no reason to believe that anything else about the machines can be beaten.
These programs promise to teach users “Slot language” and define terms such as “Mini,” “Maxi,” “Mega,” and “Grand Jackpots,” although these terms are obvious to anybody with a modicum of intellect just by glancing at a slot machine’s display screen.
According to reports, he is well-known to casinos and sponsors airport terminals, which enable them to promote his books at such locations. Another possibility is that he lets some of his clients watch him play, perhaps in exchange for a fee on their side, so that they can have a better understanding of what he does.
What part of any of this could possibly be legitimate?
If there was a method to defeat Lightning Link, for example, it would have something to do with the top progressives, assuming a certain paytable and return to player (RTP) percentage. I’m not sure how one would go about turning it into a book; it’s simply a case of here’s the number, and here is when it’s good.
A normal game of Slots is similar to a Video Poker Royal Flush progressive, except that there is no actual strategy involved other than just spinning the wheel. In order to win in Video Poker, you would have to make the best possible decisions at all times.
As an example, according to the Wizard of Odds Video Poker analyzer, assuming Optimal Strategy for the change in Royal Flush value on 9/6 Jacks or Better, you would need the Royal to return 4,880 credits ($1,220 on a quarters game) in order for the return to be greater than 100 percent, and anything less would be greater than that.
Slots aren’t much different, as long as you know the total, or “Base,” return to player (RTP), as well as the chance of hitting the Progressive(s) for a particular wager amount. You would just take the percentage rise from the base for the progressive and compare it to the amount of money that you are betting to determine what percentage return you are getting.
If someone claims that there is anything more to defeating Lightning Link than that, such as betting certain sums at specific times, or anything, I would need some incredible evidence to support that claim. In addition to the many variable-state machines available, some of which have been discussed on this Forum, such as Ocean Magic, have obvious benefits over their counterparts. These (as well as others) have been made available for free on various websites.
In any case, individuals such as these will provide different kinds of alleged “Proof” of their claims. You may expect to see personal testimony, videos of individuals winning large prizes, and other such things.