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Slot tips that can save you money4 July 2013
This week and next, let’s explore a few of the little things, with some short tips for casino trip. This week, tips are for slot players, and next week I’ll have a few on video poker.
There was nothing wrong with the machine, but there was plenty wrong with her approach. Slot machines are never “due” -- they’re as random as humans can program them to be, and previous results have NO EFFECT on future outcomes.
Here’s the tip: Stay within your budget, and don’t count on a cold machine to suddenly heat up. Long cold streaks are as much a part of the normal odds of the game as big jackpots.
Here’s the tip: Slot machines pay out the same percentages, day or night. To change the paybacks, casinos have to replace a computer chip inside the machine. A Gaming Board agent must be present as evidence tape is broken, the chip is replaced, and the new chip is sealed with new evidence tape. That’s not something that’s done on a day/night whim.
Even with new server-based games, where it’s possible to change games or percentages with a few mouse clicks, states require double-lock systems, where making the change requires approval of both a casino employee and a regulatory agent. Percentage changes are not permitted on any day/night or weekday/weekend whim.
Here's the tip: When a slot attendant tips you off on a hot machine, smile, thank them, then play what you want to play.
Where was the Saver the next time? Under the hat.
Here's the tip: Locations of the Party Savers or big bonuses or any other awards in pick-‘em type video slots -- not just Jackpot Party, but any games where you make picks for bonuses -- aren’t on any rotation. They’re determined by a random number generator, and can just as easily as not be in the same space on your next turn.
Slot play often brings back about twice as much in free play as video poker play. But video poker players using expert strategy on the best games get returns of better than 99 percent, while slot players get from about 88 to 96 percent, depending on coin denomination.
Here's the tip: Free play, typically around a quarter of a percent and rarely reaching a full percent, can’t begin to make up the difference in return on the games between slots and video poker. Play slots for fun, but don’t expect the best percentage return.
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