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Ask the Slot Expert: Betting More Coins Increases Chance of Hitting Progressive31 July 2013
By John Robison, Slot Expert™
It’s not true that there are no gaming regulations covering the Indian casinos in Oklahoma. All Indian casinos are covered by regulations specified in the Indian Gaming Regulation Act. The casinos can’t do whatever they want.
I get many letters like yours. A casino has some renovation project and players think the machines have been tightened to help pay for the project.
The machines in your casinos are most likely Class II machines, which means that they do not determine the results of their spins independently. Class II machines depend on a central system to determine their results. Class III machines determine their results independently.
It can be much easier to change the long-term payback on Class II machines. We can’t rule out a payback change at the casino. What is usually at work in these situation, however, is selective memory. Players think machines may have been tightened because of the project, so every losing spin is a confirmation of the theory. Your hit frequency may be exactly the same as before the renovations, but it seems like you hit less frequently now.
There’s one additional possibility we have to consider. You might just be having an extended run of bad luck.
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I think what you're describing is different from Doug's question. Doug thought the he got more hits when he played max coin and wondered whether each coin played received a separate poll of the RNG. They don't. The number of coins played does not affect polling the RNG.
Your statement is about hitting a specific combination. I can think of one way playing more coins increases your chances of hitting the progressive. Say you become eligible for the progressive by betting full coin on one line on a multi-line machine. If you bet full coin on more than one line, you can increase your chances of hitting the progressive.
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