More Slot Machine Myths, Legends and Untruths
It seems that there's no shortage of myths and legends when it comes to slot machines, whether they're played in an online casino or on the strip in Las Vegas. We've discussed several slot machine myths on this site in the past but I thought it'd be a good idea to take a look at some others so you can know when to avoid the kind of casino play that leaves you high and dry.
It Doesn't Matter How You Play the Game
A lot of players think that there is some sort of hidden sequence in a slot machine to make it pay out more often. They believe that putting in coins in a certain way or choosing the buttons to stop the reels in a certain order will make a slot machine more likely to pay out. This was actually used by director Steven Soderbergh to great effect in the final of the Ocean's movies, when Danny set up a hacked machine to pay out to the next person who played after inserting a set number of coins.
This simply doesn't work – you can't think of a slot machine as a thing you "beat" by figuring out its code like an old-school video game. Sure, it might appeal to the more obsessive-compulsive gamers to feel that they've got some kind of control over the game, but the fact is that the Random Number Generator is the one doing all of the work, not any of the game's hardware. It doesn't matter if you're playing an online slot machine or a regular casino game, the math is the math and the math is always the same.
No Matter What You Hear, Location Doesn't Matter
This (obviously) applies to a brick and mortar casino more than it does a site that offers online slot machines, but it's worth taking a look at. You'll occasionally see players searching the floor, looking at how many people are in a row, talking about how the casino programs machines to pay out based on player patterns, etc. These are, frankly, conspiracy nuts because the casino simply can not set their machines up that way.
Instead, every machine has a random number generator set to the same specifications for the casino that they're in and the odds of one machine paying out are the same as another of the same type, whether they're next to each other or if one's right by the entrance and another is tucked away in at the back.
Waiting Doesn't Make a Difference
This one is actually pretty awkward when you see it happen. Players waiting for someone else to get up off the machine because they think the other player has "juiced" it up by playing and it's more likely to pay out. Slot machines don't pay out on a schedule; they pay out based on the machine's programming. In other words, it's like a coin flip. Every time you bet, the odds are exactly the same.
The next time you see someone endorsing some sort of urban legend around slot machines, just ignore them. The best way to play any slot machine is with good bankroll strategy and by taking advantage of bonuses and other casino incentives.
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A Slot Glossary for Players
You're probably not going to encounter many of the terms from this glossary when you play online slot machines, but it's always good to have an understanding of the history of any casino game.
This term refers to the total amount of money bet in a session or period of time. For example, you might say that you have $200 of action ahead of you before you start to play.
This is an opportunity to win additional money from a slot machine, usually in a game format that doesn't have anything to do with spinning reels.
Buy-A-Feature and Buy-A-Pay
Both of these terms refer to slot machines that include bonus features or pay tables that only kick in when you're making the maximum bet.
In a casino, this term refers to a cluster of four or more slot machines. Superstitious gamblers often have preferences as to the placement of the cluster they're going to play at.
This is the term used most frequently instead of "coins" in both brick and mortar and online casinos. You're awarded a credit for each coin amount you place into a machine and you're also rewarded credits back when you win. For instance, if you're playing a quarter slot and insert $1, you have four credits with which to play.
This term only applies to "live" slot machines as it refers to the bag of coins that are used to fill up an empty slot machine's hopper.
This is the frequency of a slot machine's wins and jackpots versus the number of times that it is played. Neophytes often believe that casinos set machines with a greater hit frequency near pathways through the casino floor, but this has never been proven. A machine with a high hit frequency is also known as a "hot" or "loose" machine. The opposite would be a "tight" machine.
This is, of course, the most popular term related to slot machines – it’s the highest payout on a machine. Some people misuse the term to mean any payout.
This is the maximum number of credits you can play in a spin. This depends greatly on the machine that you're playing and the number of paylines available. A traditional 3-reel mechanical slot machine will only let you bet one credit at a time. A 30-payline machine will let you play up to 30 credits.
This is the line by which a winning combination is determined. This varies from machine to machine with some offering up to 50 different ways for players to win on a spin. On some video slot machines, there is a "scatter pay" payline, in which certain symbols don't have to be connected in any fashion in order to count as a win, as long as they appear.
Reels are the rotating narrow barrels on which the slot machine's symbols appear. These are more and more simulated than real now thanks to the prevalence of video slots.
This is a term applied by people playing a certain sort of strategy based on the payout percentage of a given machine. For instance, if it pays out 10% of the time, then it'd have a 9/1 take/pay cycle.
This refers to the ratio of the size of payouts versus the frequency of jackpots in a slot machine. This, along with the "take/pay cycle" and "hit frequency" is the cornerstone of many slot machin
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