Some casinos in Vegas I have seen advertise a 95% payout to draw people in. Usually at least 85%. If the RNG (random number generator) has lacked the percentage payout over a period of time, it may start paying higher win amounts in order to reach a percentage threshold. The modern mechanical slot reels are still governed by a computer. I recommend the latter. Mechanical slots are not any “less smart” than the video slots. Remember that they have to pay a certain percentage. Most video slots give you a broader choice as far as betting. But people still like the mechanical slots so the casinos still have many mechanical slot machines. The casino will not pay you if a machine malfunctions.. There is a reason that “The House Always Wins”…..State Laws.

The mechanics of a slot machine

Winning on a slot machine first requires knowledge of how they work. Think about this for a minute. Although this is true for both mechanical slots as well as video slots, we need to take a serious look at how “random” they really are.

Understand now that a slot needs to be programmed to pay out at least 85% of what is put into it.

If slot machines were truly 100% random, the casino itself would be gambling themselves wondering if their business is going to make money or have to pay out everything and shut down. These aren’t “old” machines. It’s a term often misinterpreted as a broken machine. First things first here. In other words both types of machines still have equal payout rules. Most people know that a slot machine works on randomly generated patterns. So is it really totally random? I think not.

Mechanical Verses Video Slots

“Mechanical slots” are being outnumbered these days by video slots. Do they exist? Not really. There is not really any way to tell if a machine is on a higher payout cycle unless you watch people play and see what the machine is doing (that may creep out some people though, so be polite) Or by playing a machine and betting a few small amounts and determining the reaction of the pattern. The casino will make between 5 and 15 cents of every dollar spent…..No matter what.

A “loose” machine in reality applies to a slot machine that is on a higher pay cycle. A slot machine in a casino under state law, (all legal gambling states have laws), are required to pay out a certain percentage. More line options, different ways of betting and they are much more entertaining. I like both, but I have been leaning more toward the video slots over last few years.

The Myth about “loose” machines

People often hear about “loose” slot machines

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