Did You Ever Lose Big on a Slot and See the Next Player Win the Jackpot? Don’t Cry! Here’s Why

The Random Number Generator is here. In fact, it’s been here since the 1980’s, when casinos noticed that more patrons were playing slot machines than table games. The device is a computer chip that’s in every machine game in every casino worldwide, including slot machines, video poker and video keno machines. This chip allows the unit to continuously roam through random number combinations at the rate of thousands per second. These are mapped to specific outcomes.

Players’ Slot Scenario

If you are a dedicated slot player you probably experienced a time(s) where your favorite machine ate your last $20. You leave feeling frustrated, turn to a waiting patron and say, ” Don’t bother playing. It’s not hitting.” Nevertheless, the patron starts to play. Walking away, you can’t resist a final glance at the screen, and there it is! JACKPOT! With lights blinking, music playing, and screen graphics going wild. The lucky player watches the credit meter run up to stop at $1,000! “I should have won,”you grumble.”If only I played one more time!”

The bad news is you lost your $20. The good news is you would not have won anyway. Here’s why: In the extra time it took for you to get up and the other patron to sit down, insert money and press spin, millions of numbers were being drawn combing through different outcomes. The Random Number Generator will not stop to select a display until the spin button is pressed. It operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Jackpots can happen anytime, even when the machine is not in play.

When the reels are spinning They’re only doing so to amuse you. The machine already knows where it’s going to stop. Each spin is independent of the next one. They have absolutely no effect on one another.

Pseudo Random

Numbers that are generated by the chip are not truly random. A computer may be fast but it is not intelligent. The industry calls it pseudo-random. Pseudo meaning false, and random meaning no specific pattern. The process also has to be given a seed (starting point) and an algorithm (mathematical formula.) The seeds constantly change.

Loose and Tight Machines

The terms loose and tight refer to certain payback percentages that are made at the factory upon the request of the casino(s). They can vary between 85% & 98% depending on jurisdiction requirements.These are the percentages of monies that are returned to players over a long period of time. Hence the house takes between 2% and 15%. The casinos hold is usually larger on the smaller denomination machines such as pennies, nickles, and quarters. The payback percentages can only be set and changed by the manufacturer.

Contrary to what many players think, casinos cannot change payback percentages at will. Strict jurisdiction laws also prohibit this. If you find a machine that boasts a 98% return, it will be a 98% return every hour, every day, no matter where it’s moved on the floor, until the casino gets rid of it.

Playing Tips

The popular penny machines have the lowest return of about 85%. Hence, a house edge of 15%. A $3 or $4 max bet on these machines will return less to players over time than the higher denomination machines such as dollars, which can return up to 98%. Although the penny units have attractive bonus features, think about playing the higher denominations such as dollars, which can return more to players over time.

Here’s another tip. If you see a bank of machines with one sign that boasts a 98% return, not every machine in that bank will return 98%. It may only one or two from a bank of twelve. However, if the 98% return tag is on the individual machine, that’s the one you want to play. GOOD LUCK.

Learn to Play Craps – Tips and Strategies – Bridge Or Heel the Don’t Pass Bet?

Be smart, play smart, and learn how to play craps the right way!

If the payoff for a Don’t Pass Odds bet equals the amount of the Flat bet, then the Odds bet is bridged. The part of your Odds bet that’s equal to the Flat bet is placed directly next to the Flat bet. Then, the rest of the Odds bet is placed on top “bridging” them. For example, suppose you make a $5 Don’t Pass bet and the shooter rolls a point of 8. Knowing the true odds for the 8 are 6:5 (i.e., six ways to make a 7, and five ways to make an 8), you then lay $6 in Odds with the hope of winning $5. In this example, if you win the $6 Odds bet, you win $5, which exactly equals the amount you win with your $5 Flat bet (i.e., your $5 flat bet is even money, which means you win $5). Therefore, since your Flat bet and Odds bet win the same amount (i.e., $5 each), you bridge your $6 Odds bet by placing a $5 chip directly next to your $5 Flat bet, and then placing the $1 chip so it bridges the two $5 chips.

If the payoff for a Don’t Pass Odds bet doesn’t equal the amount of the Flat bet, then the Odds bet is heeled. This means you place the bottom chip of your Odds bet chip stack directly next to your Flat bet. Then, place all remaining Odds bet chips on top of that single chip but offset and leaning on that bottom chip (i.e., your Odds bet chip stack is crooked because it’s leaning on the bottom chip).

Confused? That’s okay, don’t get nervous. The dealer is always willing to help if you forget. After a couple of times, it all makes sense. It won’t take long before you’re a pro. If you’re not sure what to do the first time you try it, simply tell the dealer, “I want to lay some Odds but I don’t know if it should be bridged or heeled.” The dealer asks, “How much do you want to lay?” Suppose you say, “Fifteen dollars to win ten.” The dealer asks you to drop your chips on the table (dealers aren’t allowed to take anything, especially chips, directly from a player), and then he properly heels or bridges them based on the amount of your Flat bet. You’ll quickly get the hang of it. Just don’t be afraid to ask the dealer questions. His job is not only to deal, but also to be friendly and help the players.

Now you know! Remember, learn how to play craps the right way.