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Are Casino Slot Machines Worth The Gamble?

Aug 26, 2008
When you walk into a casino, most often the first things you see are the slot machines; lots and lots of slot machines. And there are always people ready to play slot machines, since they are games of chance that require no special skills. Casino slot machines are responsible for over 70% of a casino's revenue and seem to be the most alluring to gamblers.

It is true that slots are a favorite casino game and they attract players from all walks of life, making it popular for casinos everywhere. Even if some countries have different types of slot machines, the general idea is still the same. Coin operated machines are the traditional type of slots, which have different reels that turn when a lever is pulled. There are many myths associated with playing slots, some more believable than others.

Some believe that a slot machine gets "warm" or "cold," yet the odds for hitting a jackpot can't change because the casino slot machines software uses a random number generator. Some of the AWP machines (Amusement with Prize) used by the British are the only deviation from that rule and most often they are progressive, which allows the jackpot to steadily increase until someone wins and the machine pays out. If it will help to meet their percentage of payouts, then the casino software has the option of allowing more paying combinations.

There is no real logic behind where the slots machines are placed on the gambling floor, with the exception that higher paying machines are not placed in areas with more traffic. However, many times a casino slot machine will be put with other slots that have similar payout percentages.

Some people believe that you will have more luck with slot games by the temperature of the coins inserted, but of course, the machines do not sense temperature. And again, contrary to popular belief, a slot machine game that has not paid out in a long time is not "due to hit" a jackpot. It is impossible to predict when a machine will hit, since each spin is a random event and is not dependent on the previous spin.

If someone tries to tell you that a particular slot machine game is due to win, then don't believe it. Due to the random number generator, your outcome is only decided at the precise moment when you pull the lever and it randomly generates the numbers.

Due to mathematics and no type of memory chip, casino slot machines can go for days or weeks without hitting a payoff or it may hit three or four jackpots in a row. The machine has no way of "knowing" whether the player has been there for days or if it is their first spin.
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