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Ask The Slot Expert2 June 2000
The dynamic percentage model you described is illegal in all US jurisdictions. No machine is allowed to alter the probabilities of hitting winning combinations based on what it has paid out in the past. Every outcome on every machine, video or mechanical, is chosen at random without regard for what was chosen in the past. In addition, I think a machine that pays back only 68% is also illegal everywhere.
If a machine is set to pay back 98%, the actual amount of money it returns to its players will be very close to 98%. Because each outcome is chosen at random, it may take a million or more spins before the actual percentage gets within about one percentage point of the payback the machine is set for. But as the machine gets played more and more, the amount returned to the players gets closer and closer to the payback for which the machine is set.
It's possible that the situations you described may be true for foreign machines and possibly in Native American casinos, but not in Nevada, New Jersey, Mississippi, Colorado, Illinois, Detroit, or any of the other state-regulated jurisdictions.
Best of luck in and out of the casinos!
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