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The Casino Answer Man

15 July 1999

It always seems like when I play one coin in the slots, that's when I hit the jackpot, and when I play three coins I get nothing. Are the machines programmed to do that?

No, your experience has just been coincidence. The combinations you see on the reels are determined by a computer program called a "random number generator." It continually generates random numbers corresponding to potential reel combinations. It works away even when no one is playing.

When you hit the button and signal the machine that you're about to play, the random number generator stops on a number and sets the reel combination for that spin.

The random number generator does not communicate with the machine's coin-counting mechanism. The programs are on separate chips, so the random number generator does not know how many coins you've played. If your timing in playing maximum coins was the same as your timing in playing one coin, you would see the same combination on the reels.


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John Grochowski

John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field, including Midwest Gaming and Travel, Slot Manager, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.

Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. Look for John Grochowski on Facebook and Twitter @GrochowskiJ.

John Grochowski Websites:

www.casinoanswerman.com

Books by John Grochowski:

Winning Tips for Casino Games

> More Books By John Grochowski

John Grochowski
John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field, including Midwest Gaming and Travel, Slot Manager, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.

Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. Look for John Grochowski on Facebook and Twitter @GrochowskiJ.

John Grochowski Websites:

www.casinoanswerman.com

Books by John Grochowski:

> More Books By John Grochowski