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Common slot machine myths
02-09-2009, 08:05 AM
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Common slot machine myths
Myths are something that flow through casinos for a number of reasons. One of the biggest forms of gambling in any casino is the slot machine. On the main floor of the casino you will find both high and low rollers, inexperienced gamblers, and old pros playing these machines.

The majority of people don't understand how slot machines work and once computers were added into the mix, along with the idea of progressive and/or coin-less machines, it's likely that it became even more confusing. Unfortunately, when people don't understand something it will cause these myths to continue to circle needlessly. Now's your chance to learn the truth, in this article, I will outline the most popular myths and tell you whether they are true or not.

Casinos can change the fate by allowing a machine to hit or miss with the flip of a switch

Not - This rumor is completely false. In actuality, slot machines have a computer chip in them and that ship determines how much and how often money will be dispensed. The only way that a casino can affect the level of money that is dispensed would be by changing the computer chip. Rather than changing each chip it makes more sense for them to determine which slot machines to buy and keep them as is.

They won my jackpot!

Not - If you were sitting at a machine and playing the slots and got up for the next person to sit down and win please understand they did not win YOUR jackpot. Slot machines are run off computer chips and random number generators. The slot machine hits based on the number combination working with the computer chip. It is highly unlikely that your staying at a machine would have ensured that you would win the jackpot that someone else did. If you get up and someone else moves the best thing you can do is move on to the next machine.

I know the odds based on the machines symbols

Not - The symbols on a machine have nothing to do with the probability of a machines winning history. The probability is based strictly on the random number generator which was mentioned above. The only people that really know the exact odds are the makers of the slot machines and the casino owners. If you're planning to hit it big consider your odds pretty low. If you're hoping to win a little bit and have some fun then you should consider your odds much better.

I know when a machine should hit!

Not - If you walk around the slot machines and wait for a person to leave a machine or think you are certain you know when a machine will hit, chances are you are wrong. Any odds for a slot machine winning will be all about the random number generation and it has nothing to do with anything else. You should not keep playing or going from machine to machine every time someone gets up because it could become extremely expensive for you.

Using your slot club card will hurt your chances

Not - Your club card is going to be able to help you not hurt you. As you use your card you will get points towards comps in the form of food and hotel rooms. As for what you win, the card and the computer chip that runs the machine does not correspond so by refusing to use your card you are only making sure you will lose out on special benefits.

In short, do yourself a favor. If you hear a myth you should ignore it. As you can see these are the most popular myths and they are all false. If you are a lover of playing the slots then you should play them and have fun. Don't worry about what other people say because if you win it truly was meant to happen and if you don't well the odds weren't right for you that day. Good Luck!

"Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit." - R. E. Shay
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