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Can slot players alter results?

7 November 2009

Is there anything a slot player can do that will alter his/her outcome once it has been determined by the random number generator?

The likelihood being, "a nonpayment result, as a rule"?

Is there any way to alter that (usual and consistent) result, and TURN THAT SPIN into a win?

Robert

Dear Robert,

There's nothing players can do, legally, to alter the outcome.

If they could figure out a way to move the reels or change the images on the screen to a winning combination, that wouldn't turn a loser into a winner because the result from the RNG is what matters, not what appears on the payline or the screen.

So, they'd have to figure out some way to make it look like the RNG chose a winner. For security, the program running the slot stores the result in multiple memory locations and compares the values to ensure there's no tampering or programming errors. The player would have to change the values in all those locations -- plus, they'd have to know what values to use for a winning combination.

I don't think there's any way for players to alter the result of a spin, and I know for sure there's no way for them to do it legally.

Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
John


Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert, at slotexpert@comcast.net. Because of the volume of mail I receive, I regret that I can't reply to every question.

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