Though perhaps the most popular casino attraction, the slot machine is one of the most misunderstood games around. For some reason, the one armed bandit is the subject of a great deal of misinformation out in the general public. However, if you take the time to understand how a slot machine works and why these bits of falsity cannot be so you will be able to enjoy playing more without thinking skill has anything to do with everything.
For one, and this may have happened to you, people will walk away from a machine and two minutes later somebody hits a jackpot on it. Darn, if you had just been still playing that would have been yours. That is, in fact, not true at all. Slot machines are constantly calculating their numbers and creating combinations that either win or lose; they do this even when they are not being actively played. In other words, you would have had to keep playing and have pulled the lever at the precise moment that the person you saw win the jackpot did.
Secondly, counting symbols or wheels or anything else on the wheels of the slot machine will help you figure out what your odds of winning are. Truthfully, you can’t even see the numbers you would need to, and even if you could you wouldn’t be able to do the math. The odds of winning the big payouts are astronomical which is how they can afford to offer such jackpots in the first place.
Thirdly, you have probably heard casinos talk about their slots being looser now than ever before and other such claims. The truth is that the payout on a slot machine is determined by a computer chip located inside it. The only way to change the payout is to change the chip and that is both difficult and illegal for the casino to do. They would have to actually purchase new machines.
Fourth, you will find that many people out there will tell you to watch for the slot machines that have not paid out in a while. Those are the hot ones. Truth is that they are not. Like with most games of chance, each individual play has a fresh set of odds. No matter how long it has been since the machine paid, the next spin has the same odds as the last one did. It is all controlled by computer chips to ensure as much.
So whether you are on you Catholic Church’s retreat, out with the girls, or just hitting the casinos on a weekend night, you can benefit from understanding the truths about slot machines. The odds are what they are, and when you know that you will know how to play it more wisely.