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Ask The Slot Expert8 March 2002
I think the key phrase in your letter is "seems to." Try an experiment. Play 1000 spins one coin at a time on a machine and count the number of hits you get. Do another 1000 spins playing three coins at a time. The number of hits you get should be very close each time. (Note that 1000 spins is the bare minimum needed to compare hit frequencies, so it might take another 1000 or more spins for the two numbers to converge.)
It's illegal in every jurisdiction with which I'm familiar for a slot program to take into account the number of coins played when determining which symbols will land on the payline. The number of virtual stops on each reel and the layout of the symbols on those virtual reels remain constant regardless of the number of coins played.
Now, it is possible to have a higher long-term payback when playing full coin, but that's just because some combinations pay more when you play full coin. Still, the chances of landing those combinations doesn't change when you increase your bet.
Best of luck in and out of the casinos! John
P.S. I went to the site you mentioned and Norton Anti-Virus said the page was infected with the Nimda virus. It may have been a false alarm, but you may want to use an anti-virus program to scan your PC to make sure you are not infected.
Most of the gambling jurisdictions here in the United States modeled their rules on either Nevada's or New Jersey's or a combination of the two. I don't know what regulations apply in South Africa.
Nevada has a regulation that to be licensed in Nevada, all of the machines that a slot manufacturer makes, regardless of where the purchasing casino is located, must meet Nevada's regulations. I think it's safe to say that the number of coins played will not affect the symbols that land on the payline on an IGT machine.
I was able to download the e-book, even though the virus on the home page was a bit off-putting. The author does a good job of explaining how a modern slot machine works.
I recommend both The Slot Machine Answer Book and Break the One-Armed Bandits. And I also recommend my own The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots, which will be available online (Amazon and www.greatstuff4gamblers.com) and at bookstores in about one month.
Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about slots and video poker, we recommend:The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots by John Robison
Break the One-Armed Bandits! by Frank Scoblete
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