My friend, Bob Prancer, has been analyzing the hot and cold cycles of video poker machines at the Palms and the Rio for the last six months. He gave me a long printout, similar to what gizmotron showed on the roulette forum, but I couldn't make heads nor tails of it. I'll just pass along his recommendations. First of all, he took notes while drinking coffee and watching the age, gender, and height/weight of people playing the video poker machines. He matched specific people to specific machines over a six month period, and what he discovered was remarkable. When attractive males play a machine for more than 10 minutes and leave, the machine is in a cold cycle for other males, but is in a hot cycle if an attractive woman sits down at the same machine. If an attractive female plays a machine for more than 10 minutes and leaves, however, the machine will respond with a hot cycle for attractive women and older men, but not for attractive younger men. Bob used standard personal attractiveness scales available in most social psychology studies. Bob has developed a working model for predicting these cycles. His scale is called the Numerical Investigative Cumulative Environment for Age/Sex Sensitivity. It applies only to the Palms and the Rio. Evidently, machines in other casinos do not possess these attributes. Moreover, all of the machines in the Palms have them, but only those in certain areas of the Rio. He is uncertain as to what environmental attributes in the Rio vary enough to cause these effects or lack thereof, but he suspects it has to do with certain visual angles. More from Bob next week. I will try to analyze his printout in the meantime.