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Reaction to the "truth" about slot machines19 July 2008
Be on the lookout for more "truth" soon.
"A casino can set any slot to hit...three single bars one hundred times a day."
This statement is absolutely not true. Casinos cannot set slots to hit a combination a certain number of times. Casinos can however change the probability with which a combination will hit by changing the layout of the symbols on the virtual reels. Today this can be done in all but a handful of casinos only by changing a chip in the machine.
Machines do hit randomly — well, at least pseudo-randomly, which was one of the points of the article you referenced. The output from the RNG is used to select a stop on each virtual reel. You can't predict anything about the next spin from what has happened in the past.
Fred, please don't be like a certain president and let your opinion blind you to the facts.
I'm not surprised that you're doing better playing one coin than max. I have examples in my book The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots that shows why that's true.
The only time it makes financial sense to increase your bet is when the house edge is cut by a factor greater than your increase. For example, if you're going to double your bet, the house edge has to fall to less than half that at one coin for the increase in your bet to make sense. Here's why.
Let's say you're going to play 100 spins and the one-coin payback is 92% and the two-coin payback is 95%. At $1 per spin, your action is $100 and your expected loss is $8 [100*(100-92)%]. At $2 per spin, your action is $200 and your expected loss is $10 [200*(100-95)%]. You lose more, even though you're playing at a higher long-term payback, because you give more action. To break even at $2 per spin, the payback has to rise to 96%. It's very rare that the increase in payback for playing two or three coins is enough to warrant the extra risk.
Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
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