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Slots myths - What's the reel deal?

There are a few myths worth dispelling in the world of slots. A commonly held belief is that a slot machine that just gave a big payout won't pay out again for a while. Actually, statistically speaking, the odds are the same for every spin and every spin is completely random and independent of all past spins. So there's no way to predict the next spin and a jackpot is just as likely to be hit right after the last one was hit as it is after a thousand dry spins. This also speaks to a different myth. If you walk away from a machine and then you see someone else winning the jackpot on it, you would tend to think, oh no that would have been me had I stayed and played! The truth of the matter is you would have had to spin at the exact same microsecond as the jackpot winner for the jackpot combination to have been triggered.

Another of the more popular slot machine myths is the concept that slots run in pay and take cycles. The fact of the matter is modern slot machines run off of random number generators which take seed values from variables presented at the time of the spin. Pay and take cycles are pure myth.

It's also a myth that slot machines can stop on any possible set of symbols with equal probability. The truth is, as the random numbers are mapped into positions, certain positions are weighted by the machine to be more likely to be mapped to than others. Modern slot machines simply weight the probability of a specific outcome such that jackpots are hit a specific percentage of the time; hence, predefined payout rates.

Winning strategies - make no mistake!

Most slot machines reward you for playing the maximum number of coins. Or rather, fail to reward you if you don't use the maximum number of coins. For example the jackpot may pay 2000 coins with 2 coins played, but 5000 coins when 3 coins are played. If you don't feel comfortable playing the maximum coins you might consider moving down to a machine that accepts lower-value coins so you can play the maximum. It would be an awful shame to hit a hundred thousand dollar jackpot just to realize you don't get a cent, because you only played 2 quarters and not 3. Instead of playing one coin at a dollar machine, you may want to play the maximum number of coins at a quarter machine. Some online casinos let you play for nickels.

Play at casinos that advertise the best payback percentages. These casinos are eager for your business and are willing to reward you with better payouts.
If you're playing a progressive machine, remember that you'll probably have to bet the maximum number of coins to be eligible to win the big jackpot. Remember again that regulations and stated payout rates of online casinos may be calculated as averages. This means if an online casino advertises a payback percentage of 99% over the last month, it may be (and most likely is) due to a single big winner, which shifted the 'average payout percentage' up a notch or five. Hey, at least you know you can win big there.

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