This lesson sorts out Slots Myths and the facts for curious
slot players at Learn, Play
Slots Myths develop when you ask, "I might win more at the slot machines by playing only one coin at a time?" or "I have a a sizable win and this machine has to turn cold to make up the difference."
Have you ever felt that you could go happily end an online gaming session or leave a casino if only the Web master or shift manager would push the jackpot button for you?
You're not alone. Even slot players who understand how the games work sometimes wonder if there's a little something they could do, a little adjustment they could make, that would change their luck. Those feelings have led to a mythology surrounding slot machines that rivals Mt.Olympus.
Let's bust a few slots myths:
SLOTS MYTH: Slot machines that haven't hit in a while are "due."
FACT: Slot machines are never "due" to pay off. The combinations you see on the reels are determined by a program called a "random number generator." It continuously spits out numbers that correspond to reel combinations, and it is as close to random as humans can program a computer to be.
What that means is that previous results have no effect on your next spin. If a machine is programmed so that the top jackpot will hit an average of once per 10,000 spins, and you've gone 9,999 spins without hitting it, your chances of hitting the jackpot on the next spin are still 1 in 10,000.
If you've just hit the jackpot, your chances of repeating on the next spin also remain 1 in 10,000. Your chances of winning on future spins don't rise and fall with your past results. The odds remain the same.
SLOTS MYTH: After a jackpot, machines must turn cold to make up the payout.
FACT: Players believe machines turn cold after jackpots. But the casinos are in this for the long haul, and they know the machines continue to pay at a normal rate after a big hit. Jackpots just blend into the background of millions of spins of the reels.
Let's say we're betting three coins at a time at a machine with a top jackpot of 10,000 coins, and that the machine is programmed to pay 95 percent in the long run. We hit the jackpot on our first pull. How low must the payback be over the next 999,999 spins to bring the overall percentage back to 95 percent for 1 million reel spins?
Would you believe a drop to 94.7 percent would do it? After a big jackpot, results remain random. There are cold streaks after jackpots, and there are hot streaks, too.
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