Did You Ever Lose Big on a Slot and See the Next Player Win the Jackpot? Don’t Cry! Here’s Why

The Random Number Generator is here. In fact, it’s been here since the 1980′s, when casinos noticed that more patrons were playing slot machines than table games. The device is a computer chip that’s in every machine game in every casino worldwide, including slot machines, video poker and video keno machines. This chip allows the unit to continuously roam through random number combinations at the rate of thousands per second. These are mapped to specific outcomes.

Players’ Slot Scenario

If you are a dedicated slot player you probably experienced a time(s) where your favorite machine ate your last $20. You leave feeling frustrated, turn to a waiting patron and say, ” Don’t bother playing. It’s not hitting.” Nevertheless, the patron starts to play. Walking away, you can’t resist a final glance at the screen, and there it is! JACKPOT! With lights blinking, music playing, and screen graphics going wild. The lucky player watches the credit meter run up to stop at $1,000! “I should have won,”you grumble.”If only I played one more time!”

The bad news is you lost your $20. The good news is you would not have won anyway. Here’s why: In the extra time it took for you to get up and the other patron to sit down, insert money and press spin, millions of numbers were being drawn combing through different outcomes. The Random Number Generator will not stop to select a display until the spin button is pressed. It operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Jackpots can happen anytime, even when the machine is not in play.

When the reels are spinning They’re only doing so to amuse you. The machine already knows where it’s going to stop. Each spin is independent of the next one. They have absolutely no effect on one another.

Pseudo Random

Numbers that are generated by the chip are not truly random. A computer may be fast but it is not intelligent. The industry calls it pseudo-random. Pseudo meaning false, and random meaning no specific pattern. The process also has to be given a seed (starting point) and an algorithm (mathematical formula.) The seeds constantly change.

Loose and Tight Machines

The terms loose and tight refer to certain payback percentages that are made at the factory upon the request of the casino(s). They can vary between 85% & 98% depending on jurisdiction requirements.These are the percentages of monies that are returned to players over a long period of time. Hence the house takes between 2% and 15%. The casinos hold is usually larger on the smaller denomination machines such as pennies, nickles, and quarters. The payback percentages can only be set and changed by the manufacturer.

Contrary to what many players think, casinos cannot change payback percentages at will. Strict jurisdiction laws also prohibit this. If you find a machine that boasts a 98% return, it will be a 98% return every hour, every day, no matter where it’s moved on the floor, until the casino gets rid of it.

Playing Tips

The popular penny machines have the lowest return of about 85%. Hence, a house edge of 15%. A $3 or $4 max bet on these machines will return less to players over time than the higher denomination machines such as dollars, which can return up to 98%. Although the penny units have attractive bonus features, think about playing the higher denominations such as dollars, which can return more to players over time.

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