Virtual Slot Machines - Slot Myths
Slots seem to breed myths more than any other casino game. That's
probably because players have so little control over what happens.
These inscrutable inner workings of the machine only add to the mystery
and myths. Listed below are some of the myths oriented around slot
machine gambling. Some of the tips below are applicable to both land
based casinos and virtual casinos, some just for land based casinos.
Myth: A slot that hasn't paid in a while is due to hit
A slot that hasn't paid in a while is probably tight and certainly
not "due" to hit. The RNG picks numbers at random and
the probability of hitting a jackpot is always the same for every
spin. For the same reason, a slot that just hit a jackpot is now
no less "due" or more "played out" than it was
the spin before. A loose slot is a loose slot.
Myth: Someone played my machine and stole my jackpot
It happens all the time. A slot player steps away from a machine
for a short break and returns to find another player grinning ear-to-ear
having just won a major jackpot on that very machine. If the first
player had stayed he/she would have won the jackpot Right? Actually
no. The second player just happened to push the spin button the
exact moment when a jackpot was on the RNG. A millisecond more or
less would have produced a different result. It is highly unlikely
that the first player would have pushed the button at the exact
same instant. In fact, two or three jackpots may have passed them
by when they were scratching their head or sipping a drink
Myth: I was one stop away from a big jackpot
Your heart skips a beat when the symbols almost line up, but not
quite. Were you close? It may look that way, but there is no such
thing as close for the RNG. The actual number that generated the
sequence may have been hundreds, thousands, or even millions of
numbers away from the nearly identical jackpot sequence. You were
no closer or farther this time than the last time.
Myth: Playing faster increases my chance of winning
Playing faster and spending more increases the effect of the house
edge and makes you lose more. The chance of winning on each spin
is not affected by the speed of play.
Myth: Slots are looser at certain times of the day
Casinos can't change the way their slots pay out without changing
the slot. The payback percentage is set at the factory. There is
no switch or computer program that tightens or loosens a slot at
a specific time or day of the week.