How Do Slot Machines Really Work?
It All Comes Down to Chance and Randomness – Chance Playing on a gambling machine is playing a game of chance. There are often many millions of different possible outcomes of a game. The chances of getting a particular prize outcome may vary significantly for each game.
- Not all games or machines have the same number of possible outcomes.
- One essential element that all machines (non-skill based games) share is the outcome is determined by CHANCE ONLY.
- CHANCE ONLY determines the outcome of any game, there is no play method or pattern that effects whether a game is winning or losing.
Also, because outcomes are CHANCE ONLY, machines do not adjust to a string of winning or losing games causing them to be “due” for a win/loss. CHANCE ONLY means that it is not possible to predict the outcome of the next game. Randomness Modern gaming machines use computer technology to operate their functions.
Slot machine outcomes are determined unsing a Random Number Generator (RNG) which is a mathematically-based program that selects groups of numbers to determine which symbols are selected to produce a winning or losing outcome. Each symbol is chosen randomly and the selection of that symbol is not influenced by outside factors like previous outcomes of winning/losing history.
Video Lottery Games are linked to a Centralized System maintained by the Gaming Commission that tracks all information specific to the game, including its payout rate and win rate. The outcome of the game is determined the second you hit the Play button.
Do slot machines really pay out?
While machines can be programmed to pay out at higher or lower odds, a typical average house advantage for slot machines is 8%, meaning the average return the player is 92 percent.
Do players cards affect slot machines?
Tips, information and more to help you be a savvier player We’ve written a lot lately about whether slot paybacks can be impacted by:
Casinos wanting to earn more than legally allowed If you tier up in a players club The time of day or day of the wee k, at a casino’s whim
We also wrote about why we basically always recommend using a player’s club card (short answer: using it gets you additional payback in the form of comps). Some players really worry about this stuff. This worry is unwarranted – the games are designed to be fair, and a lot of third parties evaluate this.
- In this day and age, if people are being cheated somehow, the consequences would be dire for all involved.
- But one urban legend comes up a lot despite this, and we addressed it briefly in that previous post: That casinos will pay you a different amount when a player’s card is inserted vs. not.
- Status: No.
Definitely not. Seriously. We mean it. Players card systems are separate from the software and hardware that govern the slot machine systems itself. Slot machines are designed purely around mathematical formulas and a random number generator, PAR sheets illustrate how the math works out so that casinos can review.
- Regulators require third party auditing and validation before a game is approved in a market.
- Casinos have to be licensed and have strict rules with govern their ability to operate.
- Do you really think casinos are going to put themselves in jeopardy because you (yes, you!) decided to put your card into a particular machine? Some think because hosts find them on the casino floor, that somehow means the slot games themselves are impacted.
Players card tracking systems serve more than just counting your play:
They tell casinos how long you’ve been on a machine, how much you’ve bet and how much you’ve won or lost.They tell casinos if they have a big player in the house, and allow a more hands-on approach if they think you’re important to get to know.They allow hosts who have many players they work with to know when their clients are on the floor, so they can come over and say hi.
I once arrived late in the evening in Atlantic City, which was my first visit after becoming a Diamond player in their system. Less than 5 minutes after my arrival, a host came up and introduced themselves to say hello and check in on me. That’s the only time I’ve ever had it done to me, but many others have reported this happening to them.
- That’s just good customer service, and using the data at their disposal to make sure important players feel important.
- Hosts and players card tracking systems have no control over the payback of the slot machine.
- Imagine casinos giving that level of control to hosts! Chaos would ensue.
- But players card tracking systems at a casino are designed to capture a lot of information so they can superserve their players.
Slots are designed to be able to share information about what’s happening during a game – what’s your wager, how much have you bet in total, won or lost, etc. This data helps for other reasons, such as generating that win/loss report – they need that info from the slots to do it, so it gets passed along to the card systems.
Card systems are unable in any way to pass information back to the slot that impacts the game. Think about how many times a card reader has been inoperable on a game, or you forgot to put that card in – the game still plays as normal. Slots are designed to work with or without card systems at all – the card system has no impact on the game itself.
So while data does help the casino be savvier about how they cater to you, it won’t change if you get a bonus or not, or how much you’re paid.
Do slots pay better at night?
Why Do People Believe Certain Days and Times Are Better for Gambling? – Casino games are for entertainment, and their payouts are random, so there’s no specific time of the day or week where you’ll experience more wins. Many gamblers believe in superstitions surrounding luck and winning on certain days at the casino.
Hitting the casino on Fridays after 6 p.m. will increase payouts: Some gamblers believe they will win more on Fridays after 6 p.m. because casinos start to fill up with people at this time. A myth is that slots increase their payouts to encourage people to spend more. Payouts are higher throughout the weekend: Many gamblers believe payouts are higher on Saturday and Sunday due to a higher turnout during the weekend so that casinos can encourage more spending. Gambling on Mondays increases the chances of winning: Another common misconception is that since people leave the casino on Sunday evening or Monday morning, slots will pay higher on Monday evenings to keep people in the casino. Past frequencies determine future winnings: Many gamblers believe future winnings depend on the results of past turns. For instance, some might think that if the roulette result has been red for the last 20 turns, the probability of it being black on the following turn increases. However, the likelihood of earning red and black is the same no matter the color that showed up frequently before the turn.
Most of these common gambler fallacies result from people believing casinos change their gaming systems to get people to spend more. The reality is that casinos cannot change every single one of their gaming systems to offer more wins or payouts on certain days or prevent gamblers from winning with the press of a button.