Slot machines are a game of chance. However, this does not mean that there are not ways of putting the odds in your favour. All you need to know is how the machines work and how to play with the best odds of success. Slots are a game of chance as we have just said and the machine payouts are dictated by the Random Number Generator, that all slots use to calculate the payouts. Many people have misconceptions of how the generator works and try and get an edge when there is actually none. Furthermore, many unscrupulous sales people try and appeal to these misconceptions and offer guaranteed profits from slot playing systems which inevitably lead to disappointment as they don’t work. In this section we will look at how the Random Number Generator actually works, common mistakes by novice players and some strategies to use to maximise your profits.
How A RNG Calculates Winning Combinations
The numbers produced by the Random Number Generator in a slot machine are not truly random because they are the result of a mathematical process. If you knew the formula used and the value of the last random number generated, you would be able to calculate the next random number that would be generated; you won’t however be able to do this! The random number generator is not truly random it is actually a series of codes written into the software of the game chip, it is an electronic program that generates numbers and it does it very quickly. In fact, at least 100 numbers every second can be generated. In a slot machine, each one of those numbers corresponds to a result on the reels. The effect of this, for the player, is a random choice from a field of numbers that will determine the outcome of the play.
Why You Can’t BEAT The RNG
In conclusion the basic effect of a slot’s RNG is a random generation of a number from the field of numbers in the program, at least every one-hundredth of a second. The RNG is always generating numbers-whether the machine is being played or is sitting idle. The chip is generating numbers at a rate of no less than 100 per second. When you press the spin button, deal button etc the computer’s processor retrieves the number that is generated at that instant. Even if the programmer of the slot, who knows the sequence in which the numbers are being generated, sits down, by the time he calculates what the next number may be, the machine will have run away from him as at least 100 numbers are generated every second . It is a computer and as we all know all computers can crunch numbers quicker than humans. In addition codes can be changed regularly as an additional safeguard. So while it is not totally random by the nature of its programming from a player’s point of view it is and it is impossible to decipher the program.
Misconceptions About The RNG
The fact that people don’t really understand how the RNG works has led to these common misconceptions
Someone hit a jackpot on the machine you just left; you would have gotten that jackpot if you kept playing
The RNG is continuously cycling through numbers even when the machine is not being played. These numbers correspond to the stops on the wheel that display the winning or losing symbols that are seen when the reels stop. When you hit the spin button, the RNG picks the combination at that given microsecond. If you had stayed at the machine, it is highly unlikely that you would have stopped the RNG at the exact microsecond to display that exact same combination of numbers. To achieve the same results consider this: You both would have had to hit the spin button at the exact same millisecond (that’s 1/1000 of a second) to have achieved the same result and the chances of this happening are to put it mildly highly unlikely.