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7 October 2015
By John Robison, Slot Expert™
My advice would be to play the max bet on a spin that lands the top jackpot combination. Unfortunately, there's no way to know if your next spin will be that spin when you have to make your bet.
I usually don't play a progressive if I can't make the max bet. You usually don't qualify to win a progressive if you play less than max. If you play a progressive without making the max bet, you're just feeding the progressive for someone else and you have no chance to win it yourself. My exceptions are video slots in some sort of a progressive link. I don't want to play $4 or more per spin at the measly paybacks most casinos have on their penny video slots to have a slim chance -- maybe even slimmer than hitting the Megabucks -- at winning a few hundred thousand dollars.
The result of each spin is determined at random without regard for what has happened in the past, even in a Native American casino. There's no way to know the result of the next spin, so there's no way to know when you should raise your bet.
Because you're doing well at $1, I suggest you stick with it. If the machine is paying off and you have more than the $20 you put in, you could play at max coin until you go back under $20. You could also try playing every third or fifth spin at max. You could also try a max bet after a winning spin at $1 and keep betting the max as long as the machine keeps hitting. Or you could try a max bet after, say, three or five consecutive losing spins.
Of course, none of these plans make any mathematical sense because your chances of hitting any winning combination are the same on every spin. There's no mathematical justification for raising your bet.
Class II slot machines may be based on a bingo drawing, but that does not mean that they follow the rules of bingo played in the bingo hall. Filling a column, row or diagonal may not necessarily be a winning pattern.
Somewhere in the help screens on the machine is a screen that shows the winning patterns and what they pay. Covering all the numbers, while a winner in the bingo hall, must not be a winner on that machine. There is no secondary decision that rescinds a winning pattern. You must be paid if your pattern is one of the winning patterns.
The big gaming trade show, Global Gaming Expo, was in Las Vegas last week and I thought that would be the perfect place to get an answer to your question.
Well, not so much. Most of the people in the booths were marketing folks, not tech folks, but I was able to track down a few programmers.
They all use off-the-shelf graphics programs to create the images used in the games. "No sense re-inventing the wheel," they all said There's no consensus on the language used for the game program itself. It could be C, C++ or even machine language or a combination of different languages.
Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert™, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Because of the volume of mail I receive, I regret that I can't reply to every question.
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