Have you ever noticed how some of the big flashy themed machines are their one visit and gone the next? I really liked the first Michael Jackson Slot – now, it gone and replaced with another that, frankly I don’t like so much.

And yet some of my favorites are always there to welcome me – Aristocrat’s Cashman “Betting Zoo,” WMS’s Monopoly games, especially the older ones, Ruby Ring and IGT’s Cleopatra II.

New slots are appearing every time a visit a casino. Multiple bonuses, stacked wilds, re-triggers, and crazy configurations from the traditional 3-reel and 5 reel. How do you make sense out of all of this?

You visit the Gaming Guru. John Grochowski is someone I love to read. You can find many of his gaming answers, suggestions, stories and insights on Facebook, Twitter, Casino City, Casino Player, and on and on….. Check out YouTube for his many videos as well.

In one of his latest posts, this time discussing the latest the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, he had some very interesting points. John says, “In the slot machine business, there’s a distinction between revenue-sharing games and core games, or for-sale games. Most of the biggest, brightest, sexiest games with licensed themes are revenue-sharing games. But the core games are workhorses. Most casino slot directors prefer that the bulk of their floors be filled with games the casino owns. To keep players coming back, the themes, graphics and, perhaps most important of all, the math models have to be right.”

So, all those fancy-schmancy new games that are here today and gone tomorrow are revenue shared, as if they were leased. Which is why their shelf life is short. Any of the games you see in a casino for more than a short time, the casino probably owns, and then moves them around as they see fit concerning casino traffic, grouping, and payout percentage.

Here is a quick analysis of new slots he witnessed that will be out soon in a casino near you:

1) WMS Gaming – Cool Jewels, a cascading reels game where wilds next to each other lock and move down the screen together. In an exploding jewels event, the value of the explosions increases as the round continues.

2) Centipede, International Game Technology: The latest in IGT’s Reel Edge series with skill-based bonus events, Centipede has an old-school video game feel.

3) King of Bling: Iced Out, Incredible Technologies: The second King of Bling game is a blast with a couple of new features, One is Iced Out, triggered by diamond symbols on the first two reels. The diamonds are held, and everything else goes into respin mode. The diamonds dance, bounce, sway and spin in time to the music, and the tempo picks up as the wins mount. The respins continue as long as they bring more diamonds, which lock into place. The goal is to ice out the screen, covering it in diamonds.

John has a wealth of information at his finger tips and an excellent source for the slots, video poker, poker and table game player. He also takes questions on his website, if you are interested in getting his reply on all that is gambling.

That’s all for now.