# Slot Machines How Do They 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.

1. Not all games or machines have the same number of possible outcomes.
2. One essential element that all machines (non-skill based games) share is the outcome is determined by CHANCE ONLY.
3. 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.

## What are the odds of hitting a jackpot on a slot machine?

### Slot Machines – How to Win and How They Work

Games of No Chance – Math is the universal language, and it rarely ever lies. Each game you play at a casino has a statistical probability against you winning—every single time. While this house advantage varies for each game, it ultimately helps to ensure that over time, the casino won’t lose money to gamblers.

1. For people who are really good at blackjack, the advantage for the casino might be only 0.5%, but certain types of slot machines might have a 35% edge over a player—and other games fall somewhere in between.
2. The slot machine odds are often some of the worst, ranging from a one-in-5,000 to one-in-about-34-million chance of winning the top prize when using the maximum coin play.
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The house advantage obviously isn’t insurmountable—people do win (sometimes substantially). However, it does mean that the more you play, the more the math works against you, and the better the chances are of you walking out of the casino with less money in your wallet than when you came in.

Casino Game Odds
GAME BET/RULES HOUSE EDGE
Baccarat Banker 1.06%
Player 1.24%
Tie 14.36%
Big Six \$1 11.11%
\$2 16.67%
\$5 22.22%
\$10 18.52%
\$20 22.22%
Joker/Logo 24.07%
Bonus Six No insurance 10.42%
With insurance 23.83%
Blackjack Liberal Vegas rules 0.28%
Caribbean Stud Poker 5.22%
Casino War Go to war on ties 2.88%
Surrender of ties 3.70%
Bet on ties 18.65%
Catch a Wave 0.50%
Craps Pass/Come 1.41%
Don’t pass/don’t come 1.36%
Odds — 4 or 10 0.00%
Odds — 5 or 9 0.00%
Odds — 6 or 8 0.00%
Field (2:1 on 12) 5.56%
Field (3:1 on 12) 2.78%
Any craps 11.11%
Big 6,8 9.09%
Hard 4,10 11.11%
Hard 6,8 9.09%
Place 6,8 1.52%
Place 5,9 4.00%
Place 4,10 6.67%
Place (to lose) 4,10 3.03%
2, 12, and all hard ways 13.89%
3, 11, and all easy ways 11.11%
Any 7 16.67%
Crazy 4 Poker Ante 3.42%
Double Down Stud 2.67%
Heads Up Hold ’em Blind pay table #1 (500-50-10-8-5) 2.36%
Keno 25%–29%
Let It Ride 3.51%
Pai Gow 1.50%
Pai Gow Poker 1.46%
Pick ’em Poker 0%–10%
Red Dog Six decks 2.80%
Roulette Single Zero 2.70%
Double Zero 5.26%
Sic-Bo 2.78%–33.33%
Slot Machines 2%–50%
Spanish 21 Dealer hits soft 17 0.76%
Dealer stands on soft 17 0.40%
Super Fun 21 0.94%
Three Card Poker Pair plus 7.28%
Ante and play 3.37%
Ultimate Texas Hold ’em Ante 2.19%
Video Poker Jacks or Better (Full Pay) 0.46%
Wild Hold ’em Fold ’em 6.86%

Source: Wizard of Odds