The outcome is NOT affected by:
How long it’s been since the last jackpot.
Pressing the button vs. pulling the lever, or vice-versa.
Whether your slot card is inserted.
The day of the week or time of day. (Casinos don’t constantly change returns.)
Whether there’s a convention in town. (See previous.)
Whether the coins are hot.
Anything else you could think of. The RNG selects the combination, and THAT’S IT!
One casino patron asserted to me that a bank of machines was all “on the same circuit” and that if you got some friends to play them all simultaneously, you’d win. This has got to be the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. What does it even mean, that the machines are “on the same circuit”? The same electrical circuit? Big deal. If I put all the lamps in my house on the same circuit and turn them on simultaneously I’m not going to win money or summon the Tooth Fairy. The RNG selects the symbols, same as always.
Slot Myths from the Experts
It’s easy to find misinformation about slots, even in published books, national magazines, and professional websites. We could spend forever providing examples of wrong info, but here are just some we’ve run across.
“You don’t really have to know much to get into the game…. [B]e aware that nothing improves your odds of winning.” –Gambling Magazine
Not true. Selecting a high-return slot greatly improves your chances of winning, and most slot players fail to do this. That’s why I recommend that slot players play only the high return slots at Fitzgeralds, Stratosphere, and Riveria in Vegas. Also, skipping the progressive slots in favor of traditional slots will improve your chances of สล็อต 168bet winning.
“For many gamblers, the big decision isn’t whether or not to play slots, but which slot to play. You’ll be happy to learn that within certain limits, there is no right or wrong answer; it’s just a question of what kind of machine serves your personal desires and style best.” –Gambling Magazine
Wrong. See above answer.
“Most slot players don’t realize how important the occasional jackpot is in holding down losses. A 94 percent-return machine isn’t giving you back 94 cents out of every dollar. Mostly it’s giving back less, because every once in a while, it gives you a bundle. If you aren’t in position to win that bundle, your 94 percent machine might as well be a 74 percent machine.” –Gambling Magazine
Whoa, you could tell these guys were guessing, huh? The jackpot never contributes as much as 20% to the return; it’s more typically like 2%. If machines paid out only 74% between jackpots, nobody would play them.
“If you aren’t playing max coins, you’re gambling very poorly. If the maximum number of coins seems too expensive (for example, $3 on a $1 slot), move to a lower denomination slot.” –Gambling Magazine
“If you don’t feel comfortable playing the maximum coins you should drop to a lower coinage. Play the quarters instead of dollars.” –Gambling Magazine
“My advice is to fill the machine with the maximum amount of coins and play every available payline. If you find yourself at a machine that is out of your budget then move on to a smaller denomination machine…” –Gambling Magazine
This common (and wrong) advice is addressed above. In short, the penalty for downgrading to a lower stakes slot is higher than the penalty for playing only one coin. You’ll generally have a better chance of winning by playing only one coin on the higher stakes slot. On the other hand, it’s a good idea to play lower stakes machines simply because you’re wagering less and you’ll likely lose less money, even though the odds are worse.
“Slots tend to pay off from 80 to 98 percent, meaning that for every $100 that somebody puts into the machine, the machine will pay back from $80 to $98.” –Gambling Magazine
Probably the author knew what he meant, but just worded it poorly. The machine won’t pay back $80 to $98 for each $100 every time $100 is played, but rather will pay back $80 to $98 for each $100 played over the long term.
[Alludes to the highest return on a slot being 97%.] –Gambling Magazine
Fitzgeralds, Stratosphere, and Riveria in Vegas all have 98% slots. Fitzgeralds in Vegas and Reno actually have a couple that pay slightly over 100% (but of course, they’re not telling you which ones).
“Ask the staff. You have waitresses, coin attendants, and the machine attendants who do nothing but watch the slots all day. They will know best the machines that payoff more than others or which machines are due for a large jackpot.” –Gambling Magazine
This is completely retarded. First of all, no machine is ever “due” for a jackpot; every spin is independent and completely random. Second, if employees knew of profitable situations in the casino, they wouldn’t be working those low-paying jobs to begin with. Third, the volatility in a slot machine is so high that you can’t get a feel for which machines pay out better even if you work with them day in and day out. The only way to find out is to play a LOT and record your results.