# How To Tell If A Slot Machine Is Hot?

One of the best approaches to ascertain whether your slot machine is hot is to examine the reels. The reels onto a slot machine that is spinning should have the ability to rotate at least two times for every spin. Preferably, they need to rotate than just four occasions.

### How do you tell if a machine is about to jackpot?

By Frank Legato – It’s one of the most-asked questions among slot players : Which machines are due to hit? Or, how do I tell when a machine is due? Or, which machines are the best to play, right now? These are not only among the most-often questions asked in letters to this and other player magazines; they are questions asked at casinos across the country, to slot attendants and floor managers: “Where are the hot machines?” Despite all that has been written about the workings of the modern slot machine, there is still a prevailing notion among players that these questions can be answered—that attendants can give you a hot tip on a machine that’s about to hit; that some outward signs visible on a slot game can show that a machine is close to a jackpot. The Internet “systems” are all scams, and the notions about machines being “due” are misguided. The reason is that a slot machine’s computer is constantly selecting new results—results that have nothing to do with what the machine did three spins ago, four hours ago, for the past week or for the past year.

It all comes down to our old friend: the random number generator. A slot machine’s computer contains what is basically a digital duplication of physical reels. Before the early 1980s, the probability of hitting jackpots, and their likelihood on any give spin, was tied to how many symbols and blanks—known as “stops”—were on each physical reel.

The old electro-mechanical slots had 22 stops on each reel. By logging the symbols that landed on each reel, it was possible to perform calculations that would give you the odds of a jackpot landing on a given spin. That all changed, however, with computerization of the process.

• For casinos, the problem with physical stops was that the odds of hitting the top jackpot could only be as long as the number of stops on each reel would allow.
• The use of a random number generator allows “virtual” reels—a computer simulation of reels containing as many symbols as the programmer desires.

Numbers in the program represent each stop on each reel. If the programmer wants a low-paying or non-paying symbol—say, a blank—to appear more often, it is duplicated in the program so the random number generator selects it more often. Thus, instead of 22 stops per reel, you may have 60 stops, hundreds of stops—as many as the programmer wishes, while staying within the odds limits set by the state.

This is why odds can no longer be calculated through a formula involving the number of symbols on physical reels. The 22 symbols visible to the player no longer represent the slot machine’s probabilities. They display the symbols that can lead to combinations, but there is no way for the player to know how many numbers correspond to those symbols.

The more of them the computer considers there to be on a reel, the more likely it will be selected by the RNG. The All-Important RNG The random number generator in a slot machine is just what the name indicates—it is a software program that generates numbers at random, from the list of numbers entered to represent each reel stop.

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The RNG generates more than a hundred sets of numbers every second, and it generates them continuously, even when the slot machine is idle. This is why each result is independent of every other result on a slot machine. The random generation of numbers is continuous, and no one sitting at a machine can predict which of the numbers the RNG will have generated at the instant you push the spin button.

When you push the spin button, the computer takes a snapshot of the numbers generated that instant by the RNG, and translates it into a reel result. An instant before you push the button, the RNG is generating an entirely different set of numbers; an instant later, yet another set.

No one looking at the slot machine can predict the number it will choose next. This is why a slot machine can never be said to be “due” to hit a jackpot. It is also why those systems you find on the Internet will never work. One system circulating the Internet says that one can watch for “patterns” on the reels of a traditional-style slot machines for clues as to when the next spin will be a jackpot, and adjust your bet accordingly.

Another actually tells the player to watch the reels on a traditional slot machine for wiggling. Bet a single coin until you see the reels wiggle, then bet the max because the wiggle means a jackpot is coming. These gimmicks are all nonsense. No “pattern” formed by symbols in the pay window—an “X” formed by bar symbols, for instance—is indicative of what will come next.

And, “wiggling” reels may mean that the slot machine is old and in need of repair, but nothing else. The physical reels are only there to do what the computer tells them to do. They are display mechanisms. They do the same thing as a video screen—communicate to the player the result at which the computer’s RNG has arrived.

Tips from Attendants Many players still feel that a slot attendant or other floor person who is in one location all day can tell them which machines are “hot”—in other words, which machines are about to pay off. They will throw the employee a tip to identify a hot machine.

It is a waste of money. Even if a certain machine has been paying off all day, this is no indication it will continue to pay off tonight. A slot machine’s cycles are not predictable. The only thing an attendant or floor person can give you is historical information. The sole place this historical information may be useful on a slot floor is a progressive bank—one that has been in place in the same location for a long time.

The useful historical information an employee can give you here is the level at which the progressive jackpot has hit on that game. If it is substantially above that, other players who are familiar with the link will give that bank of slots more play than normal—the “jackpot fever” phenomenon.

1. Jackpot fever pushes more coins through the game.
2. With more changes for one of those machines to generate the winning combination, it is more likely it will hit.
3. More likely, but not guaranteed.
4. And that is the vital part of my message: Even if a progressive is higher than ever before, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s definitely going to hit soon.
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It could go higher, and even higher—and wait until well after your bankroll is gone.

### When should you get off a slot machine?

After Multiple Losses – A sure sign that it is time to walk away from a specific slot machine is multiple losses. No one is going to give you much of a recommendation in this case. It will be up to you to determine how many losses is enough. If you keep spinning and coming up with losses, it is time to try another machine.

### Can a slot machine be hot?

The Bottom Line on Slot Machine Cycles – Slot machines only have cycles if you look back and declare a string of wins or losses to be a cycle. The terminology is misleading though because it leads slot players to believe they can predict future outcome based on past results, which is impossible with random data like slot machine spins.

#### Which slots are hot?

Tips, information and more to help you be a savvier player Hot and cold slots have a link to the previously defined Loose and TIght Slots here on the site. However, I more commonly see players talk about loose/tight in relation to a casino as a whole, where Hot and Cold Slots tend to be based on the action of a single machine.

• Ultimately the concept for both terms is identical, they just tend to be used in different scenarios more often than not.
• As you can figure by the name, a Hot Slot is one that’s been active as of late and paying well, while a Cold Slot is one that hasn’t paid out recently and is going through a dry run.

The thing about all of these definitions is they are an indicator of previous performance. And Vegas-style (Class III) slots don’t have a memory of the past as the next spin takes place when it comes to wins and losses. Hot and Cold streaks, like a Roulette recent numbers board, simply give you an indication of the play that just took place, but can’t help you for that next spin.

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A Hot Slot can stay hot, go cold, or somewhere in between, and a Cold Slot can do the exact same – because the future spins are determined the moment you hit that spin button. The one asterisk to all this is persistent state games can occasionally given an indication of what is to come, but some games are more clear (and guaranteed) than others, and is more the exception than the rule.

Games with spin cycles may have a clear outcome arriving within a certain number of spins, or bonus accumulators may be building, indicating an eventual payoff, but even then it rarely guarantees something popping up on the next spin. If you’re looking for slots that have a better chance at winning, there’s a few resources on here, such as understanding payback percentages as it pertains to denominations, as well as how and when casinos may market “loose slots” as a draw for players seeking their best chances.

#### What does it mean when a slot machine is hot?

Tips, information and more to help you be a savvier player Some players believe you shouldn’t leave a slot machine when a lot of bonuses or big wins have recently landed; similarly, they believe you should walk away if the machine is not paying anything. Do machines get hot or cold? STATUS: They don’t. Hot/cold is an analysis of spins that have taken place; the next spin cannot be determined based on what has previously taken place.

As discussed exhaustively in the past, a game’s next spin can’t be determined based on previous spins (excluding the impact of persistent state reels, which can carry into a future spin). This is similar to the roulette board history board and how it won’t be able to definitively tell you what will come next.

The next spin will be determined on a Class III/Vegas style slot based on the timing of the press of that spin button and what number is active in the RNG at the time you press it, not based on whether there were six bonuses or three big wins preceding it.

The idea of a machine being hot is an analysis of what just happened, but like having had 10 coin flips land on heads in a row, the next coin flip is still either heads or tails, and the odds of that next coin flip being one or the other hasn’t changed from any other time you flip the coin, even if it’s unusual to have 10 heads happen before it.

The weird part already happened because that streak has occurred. On the flip side, a machine that hasn’t paid in awhile being cold is equally an analysis of what happened. Having a streak of no wins doesn’t mean the game is “due” to hit, or that it will remain cold.