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Ask the Slot Expert: Does buy-in affect results on a slot machine?

8 August 2012

Does a slot machine know the amount of money that is deposited at the start of play for a person and does that have any bearing on the percentage of payout?

Let me start with your second question first. The amount of money you deposit into a machine has no effect whatsoever on your results. The Random Number Generator (RNG) doesn't care or even know how many credits you have. Your chances of hitting a winning combination are the same regardless of whether you have enough credits for one spin or 100.

Now, does the program running the slot machine know how much money you put in? Of course, it does. It has to know how many credits you have so it knows whether to light the Bet Max button and any other predefined betting buttons the machine has. But lighting certain buttons is the only effect the number of credits you have has on the machine.

Jackpots for all,
John

John Robison

John Robison is an expert on slot machines and how to play them. John is a slot and video poker columnist and has written for many of gaming’s leading publications. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the prestigious Stevens Institute of Technology.

You may hear John give his slot and video poker tips live on The Good Times Show, hosted by Rudi Schiffer and Mike Schiffer, which is broadcast from Memphis on KXIQ 1180AM Friday afternoon from from 2PM to 5PM Central Time. John is on the show from 4:30 to 5. You can listen to archives of the show on the web anytime.

Books by John Robison:

The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots
John Robison
John Robison is an expert on slot machines and how to play them. John is a slot and video poker columnist and has written for many of gaming’s leading publications. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the prestigious Stevens Institute of Technology.

You may hear John give his slot and video poker tips live on The Good Times Show, hosted by Rudi Schiffer and Mike Schiffer, which is broadcast from Memphis on KXIQ 1180AM Friday afternoon from from 2PM to 5PM Central Time. John is on the show from 4:30 to 5. You can listen to archives of the show on the web anytime.

Books by John Robison:

The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots