April 30th, 2010
By Jerry Whittaker
Hey son, how’s about you set this machine for me? If I could have 5 bucks for each time I have been asked that question on the slots floor I’d be writing this from a hammock on some sun drenched beach. Come to think of it, I’d probably not be writing this at all.
Fact is a large number of slots player still have entrenched misconceptions regarding slot machines. Whether the play is taking place in a live casino or via internet gambling, the story remains the same.
I’ve watched guys rubbing each coin they drop vigorously against the side of the machine, feeding their coins in a certain sequence or at timed intervals, bumping the machine just before each reel stops and my personal favourite, pouring “special” cooking oil bought from a local traditional healer down the coin entry to try and lay some mojo on the machine.
Apart from the hideous job of cleaning a quart of smelly fish oil out of the innards of the machine afterwards most were really amusing and surveillance tapes of some of the more athletic and exotic tricks made sought after comic relief viewing on our breaks.
The fact is there is nothing you can do to influence the outcome of any spin on any slot machine. The only possible result of the hip slamming, shoulder ramming and head butting is a tilted machine that requires a reset. Or perhaps a broken machine glass which will buy you a hasty and uncomfortable escort to the security offices.
Another slots players favourite is the “hey, you fixed this machine so that it doesn’t pay” theory. I have been beaten silly by little old, blue haired ladies while resetting a progressive jackpot that didn’t lock up because I was “setting the machines”.
Fact number two is there is no way of setting any machine to pay out more or less than it’s supposed to. The RTP (return to player) percentages are set in the machines software and there is no way of changing it.
Slots machines do not follow pay cycles either. Not playing a machine because it has just paid out a jackpot is silly. It can pay out another three top awards on the next three spins or not pay out again for weeks. It’s a totally random process that can not be measured or influenced.
There are just so many of these myths in circulation that it would take days to deal with them. I may touch on a few more of these amusing issues in later articles, but for now suffice it to say you can’t cheat the bandit boys! Whether they are the live or internet gambling varieties, they just can’t be beat!Post at 5:22 pm UTC by Jerry Whittaker