Let me at least try to give something resembling an answer. Or totally fail trying.
Let us set things straight
The first and the most popular misconception about slot machines is that casinos (their employees, to be specific) temper with the machine in order to prevent jackpots or huge payouts. Sure, there is a twisted logic behind these accusations, but who would play a machine that never gives any money? The supporters of this conspiracy theory will have an instant comeback, saying the machine is rigged in such a way to occasionally reward players just to keep others coming.
This is true, at least up to a point. Each and every slot machine in the world, located online or in a brick and mortar casino, is governed by something called a random number generator (RNG), which randomly determines the outcome of a spin and also keeps a win-loss balance.
You win some, you lose some – it’s as simple as that. There are no outside or inside tampering with the machine. Your outcome is not event immediately decided when you start playing, but it’s been done one spin at a time.
Is there another way to cheat a slot machine?
Can you mechanically cheat a machine is another very interesting question. Basically, it can be done and many have devised clever ways to do so. These methods may be successful in practise, but it is another thing to even try pulling a stunt like that in a casino, with all those cameras watching your every move. You’ll be kicked out at best, with a possibility of a jail sentence. Ever seen Ocean’s Eleven? Well, even they didn’t try to do that.
Thinking of ways to cheat the casino has been a favourite pastime of many crazed punters around the globe, but to sum it up – it simply can not be done, at least not without been caught before a single payout.
Another thing, making strategies in a game of chance is futile. Strategy has got nothing to do with it. However, there are certain guidelines that can help you play longer and by that help you in getting a big prize.
The rules of slots are simple: pull a lever or press a button – and wait until the reels stop spinning. A piece of cake. Actually, there’s much more, so it is important to know the rules of a game you’re playing. I stand corrected – it’s more than important, it’s common sense. After all, real money is at stake.
The first thing to do, even before you start playing, is to study the game’s paytable. There you’ll find useful information on the game – what features does the game have, what triggers them and what payouts should you expect.
This will also tell you about the volatility of the game, which is important to know because of your style of play. If you play more for fun, and for the sole purpose of winning money, then high volatility games won’t be your cup of tea.
There are two more types of games, those with medium and low volatility. Volatility refers to the level of risk the slot brings – the higher the risk the higher is the volatility. One thing is important to bear in mind: no matter how volatile the game is, increasing your wager will make it a bit tighter. The more money is at stake, the more your game will want to prevent you from taking it home.
Also, most of the games can be played in demo mode. This will give you a closer look at the game features and how often they can be triggered and, up to a point, it can prep you for the real deal.
The golden rule for slots player
There’s no particular philosophy behind this. If you’re winning, don’t push your luck. If you’re losing, stop playing or at least, try your fortune elsewhere.
Remember, a slots machine is set to maintain a balance between winning and losing, but that doesn’t mean a win will necessarily compensate your losses. You have to be smart when playing, you must be able to make an assessment whether it is smart to continue playing on some occasions.
Oh, and another thing
Another term important for a seasoned player is Return to Player (RTP), which is the percentage of all the wagers a slot machine will, over time, pay back to players. Games with higher RTP pay out more often, but they don’t give big wins, while those with lower RTP offer hefty rewards, but it won’t come easy.
We’ve already made it clear a machine is not tampered, nor it is smart to try and cheat. A machine can be outsmarted in a certain way, but it will require discipline. Random number generator is the god of the machine and it will determine your experience spin by spin, dime by dime.
Big numbers are against you, so you have to properly know your enemy before going into battle. Be smart when choosing a game that suits your style the best. If you’re looking for a pastime and a bit of fun, stay away from high volatility games. And vice versa – if you’re a high roller, low volatility games will not give you payouts you expect.
In the end, it’s all about luck.