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Ask The Slot Expert11 February 2000
It is definitely possible to have a machine that hits something on every spin and pays back less than 100%.
Consider a multi-line slot machine. If the machine has, say, nine lines, there's a very good chance that you'll get some sort of hit on every spin, and the vast majority of those hits will be for less than the amount of money you wagered on the spin. From your wallet's viewpoint, there's no difference between losing three coins on a spin on a single payline machine and betting nine coins and winning back six coins on a nine-line machine. The net is the same--a loss of three coins.
Action Gaming and IGT showed a new multi-hand video poker machine at the last World Gaming Congress. You play 50 hands at a time on this machine. It is very unlikely that you won't get a hit on at least one of the 50 hands, yet, unless the paytable is one of the few 100%+ payback paytables and you play nearly perfectly, the machine will eventually take all of your money--even though you're getting a 100% hit frequency.
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