Slot machine games are easily the most popular feature at all types of casinos – brick and mortar, online and mobile. Because so many people play and love these games (or sometimes hate them if they are losing), naturally a lot of myths, rumors and urban legends have grown up about slots. But they are just that – slots myths, stories that people have made up to explain why slots “behave” in a certain way. The truth is, slots are operated by a computer program which contains a random number generator (RNG) to ensure that the slot results are completely fair and arbitrary. Let’s look at a few of the common myths and the facts behind them.
“I’ve spent a lot of money on that game, so I am due for a big payout.”
Imagine that you’ve been playing your favorite slot for hours. You’ve put a lot of money into it, and as a result, you feel like you’re due for a big payout any minute now. Sorry to disappoint you, but slot machine games are totally random. They work according to their RNG, and there is no action you can take to affect its workings. Continue playing if you’re enjoying the game and are within your budget, but not because you “know” that the slot is about to pay out a giant jackpot.
“Slots are the worst game to gamble on.”
Slots do tend to have a higher house edge than casino table games such as blackjack, baccarat or craps. The house edge is the advantage to the “house,” or casino, that is built in to every game of chance it offers. Players as a group must lose at least slightly more than they win for the casino to make a profit and stay in business. While it’s true that table games generally have a lower house edge, they are games that rely on skill and strategy, rather than pure luck, like slots. An inexperienced player or someone who’s just having a rough night can lose much more with bad bets at a table game than any slots player.
“Always bet one coin at a time” OR “Always bet the max.”
Here are two myths that quite obviously contradict each other. One says that if you keep betting slowly, one coin at a time, you will eventually hit the big payout. The other states that making the maximum bet possible is sure to pay off. The fact of the matter is that almost nothing is “sure” in a slots game. Remember that random number generator? The only exception is when you’re playing progressive slots. In these games, to be eligible for the progressive jackpot if you get the winning combination, you must bet the maximum number of coins.