Slot Machine in Print for Fifteen Years and Still Going Strong - Phillip J. Boucher

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Slot Machines: Fun Machines or Tax Machines?


To read about Slot Machine Addiction and how slot machines are designed and how they actually work, click here.




Yes, my book, Slot Machines: Fun Machines or Tax Machines? A Technician Reveals the Truth About One-Armed Bandits has been in print for over fifteen years and is still going strong!

 (To listen to an interview I did about the book with radio station CJAD, click here)

Written to explain how slot machines actually work, this book breaks all rules the other books adhere to: I do not tell you how you can win at or beat the slots. I tell you how slot machines are designed and how they operate. I tell you the truth about slot machines. You will learn about odds and probability, percentage, the Random Number Generator, and just how rigid gaming regulations are.

By understanding how slot machines work, it gives the reader the tools they need to help control problem gambling. Many people have told me that after reading my book, they are better able to either get a grip on their slot machine gambling addiction, or to beat it entirely.

As a former Slot Machine Technician for two major North American casinos, my eighteen years as a slot machine technician has allowed me to research slot machine gambling addiction in the exact environment where it happens: right in the gaming venue! Even with all the triggers and stressors that initiate or propel problem gambling that are treated by problem gambling counsellors, such as obsessive/compulsive behaviour, family and peer environments, mental conditions, and so forth, I found that there was something missing in the treatment and research programs. By observing and talking to patrons, it was obvious that the major stressors and triggers that initiated or propelled slot machine addiction were beliefs in the myths, misconceptions, and urban legends about slot machines that are found throughout movies, televisions shows, and books.

Slot Machines: Fun Machines or Tax Machines? A Technician Reveals the Truth About One-Armed Bandits dispels those myths and misconceptions and shows the reader the real way slot machines operate. If you or someone you know has a problem gambling issue with slot machines, get or give a copy of my book and read it with an open mind and willingness to know the truth.

Slot machine problem gambling may break up marriages and families, cause undue financial hardship or criminal activity from trying to get money to gamble with, and in extreme severe cases, may even result in suicide or murder. Don't let slot machine problem gambling destroy you or someone you love. Education about and understanding of slot machines are the first line defence mechanisms to controlling slot machine addiction.

"Slot Machines: Fun Machines or Tax Machines? A Technician Reveals the Truth About One-Armed Bandits", ISBN 1-55270-049-6, is published by Productive Publications in Toronto, Canada, under the pseudonym of Ian B. Williams. Find it at your local bookstore, or ask them to order it in for you. You can also order it directly from the publisher. Visit or You can visit my All Experts page at  

Here are some reviews of the book as posted on

"5.0 out of 5 stars Best Darn Book on Slots Yet!, January 27, 2002
Jeremy Becon (Mississippi)

This review is from: Slot Machines: Fun Machines or Tax Machines? (Paperback)

I can't believe that I finally a book that really says it like it is. Slot machines are a passion for me and I got all the books out there that tell me how to win. But Ian's book tells me how I am not winning. I got his book after hearing him interviewed on local radio station. I read the thing and I am amazed. I never knew how slots worked and now I know how. I used his hints just the other day and man it works! I didn't spend all my money and I did have a more happy time at the casino. Those other writers just promote fluff. Ian really does know what he is talking about. I know that this book will be a super best seller and too bad I can't give it 10 stars! Jeremy"
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Slot Machine Book, October 3, 2001


Tbone (Detroit, Michigan)

This review is from: Slot Machines: Fun Machines or Tax Machines? (Paperback)

Ian B. Williams is a former slot machine technician. This puts him into a very special place in knowing all about slot machines. He describes how slots are designed and programmed. Blew my mind! He explained all those things that I had known about slot as being garbage. Bravo, Ian, on a book well written. When is your next one out? Tbone"


5.0 out of 5 stars Slot Machines Are Addictive, May 16, 2001
Jason (New York, NY)


This review is from: Slot Machines: Fun Machines or Tax Machines? (Paperback)

"I am a counselor on gambling addiction and was shown a copy of this book at a recent conference. I was quite impressed with the information contained therein. Although Mr. Williams writes for the players of slot machines, his insite into slot machine addiction is true and parallels what we know to be statistically factual: that those whom are addicted to slot machines get there from believing in the wrong information put out in books and newspapers and, of course, on television. This book is the only one on slot machines so far to address this issue and we were so impressed by it that we are adding it as a reference guide to our training material. It is controversial and will definately raise some eyebrows. It may also help some addicts to get their disease under control. We feel it will. Jason"


Most Honest Book So Far On Slot Machines, February 22, 2001
"slotguy" (Erie, PA)


This review is from: Slot Machines: Fun Machines or Tax Machines? (Paperback)

I must say that this book is the most honest one yet on slot machines that I have read. The author, a former slot machine technician, gives an unbiased view of exactly how slot machines work, how they are created, and they pay off. He also talks about how slots are tax generators for the government and how people get addicted to slots. He also kills all the wrong information out there about slots, like hot cycles and loose machines. I was impressed and plan to use his tips when I go to Atlantic City in the summer. Everyone should have this book!


Educational, Informative, and Blows Your Socks Off!, May 29, 2005

This review is from: Slot Machines: Fun Machines or Tax Machines? (Paperback)

A friend of mine lent me his copy of this book and was blown away by the information Mr. Williams presents. His friendly and educational writing style makes the book easy to read and understand and he explains exactly how slot machines work, which is different from other writers of slot machine books who tell you how to beat them. Mr. Williams is a slot technician and so knows more than these other guys. I would trust his information better. Too bad it's a limited supply to Amazon. I think if this book was easy to get here instead of from the publisher it might be worthy of a picture of the cover. Anyway, if you want a real good book on slot machines, get "Slot Machines. Fun Machines or Tax Machines" by Ian Williams.


Very Impressed with Book, June 16, 2004
Lily (California)

This review is from: Slot Machines: Fun Machines or Tax Machines? (Paperback)

I bought this book from the reviews on Amazon and was very impressed by it. The only thing it lacks is pictures so that why I only gave it 4 stars, but the explanations of how slot machines work is very detailed and informative. I had to order this book from the publisher. I don't know why Amazon is not carrying it, even though it shows up when you look for slot machine books.



From the publisher's website: "Whether you are a beginner to playing slot machines or a longtime pro, you will discover exactly how a slot machine works. You will understand the principals of slot machine design; learn how to read a slot's paytable properly; understand slot machine terms; know how to read the player metres, and how to effectively play a slot machine.


In essence, you will be able to look at any slot machine, understand the payout system; the type of machine; make an educated decision on whether to play it; play it effectively, and not lose one red cent to any mistake that you may have made before. You will get a better enjoyment out of playing slots; you will not lose as much money, and you will have a better casino experience.


The author notes that only a few years ago the estimated revenue of all U.S. casinos was fifty one billion dollars per year and it is not inconceivable that the world take from slot machines may be well over one trillion dollars annually! Since statistically slot machines count towards approximately seventy percent of the casino's take when the casino also has table and other games, U.S. slots could be bringing in thirty five billion dollars a year alone! Even the Canadian casino industry pulls in billions of dollars per year. And all of the previous figures do not take into account bingo, lotteries, and other gambling activities.


Yes, slot machines, casinos, and other government sanctioned or controlled gambling operations bring in a mind-staggering amount of money (more than the national worth of some countries), and in most cases a percentage goes directly into government coffers. Like gasoline, tobacco, and alcohol, gambling is a definite cash cow for the government. In this context, Ian Williams examines the social implications of slot machines in our society; both the positive and negative."


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