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The odds are the same9 August 2015
The obvious question is, how would a machine know if you are a new player and whther it’s your first spin? The RNG should have no concept of one session to the next. The only thing that might change is the player’s card or credits added (money in). Any thoughts?
ANSWER: The random number generator doesn’t know if you’re a new player. It doesn’t know if you’re using a players’ club card, or whether your credits come from cash, a ticket from another game or from winnings. All the RNG does is generate random numbers, and no, it doesn’t have any concept of sessions.
There is nothing in the games or their programming that would make big wins come up more frequently early than late in a session. I think there is some selection bias at work, in that everyone has an early portion of their session, but the “late” part comes up only if you’re getting enough money back to keep playing.
If you were to keep track over a long time, you’d find the frequency of big jackpots in spins Nos. 1-10 is no higher than the frequency of big hits in spins Nos. 101-110, or 551-560, or any other 10-spin segment you’d care to designate.
However, if you’re a penny slot player who’s already lost a few $20 bills, you’re not going to get to spin No. 551. The same goes for a dollar player who’s already lost a couple of hundred. Losing streaks are in the nature of slot machines. Regardless of whether it’s early, mid-session or late, there are going to be streaks that deplete the credit meter. When those cold streaks come, players move on, whether it’s to a different game, to take a meal break or to call it a day.
Are there more wins in the first 10 spins than at any other times? Yes, but it’s because there are more “first 10” spins taken, not because of any change in the odds.
QUESTION: If two players play different slots with one person’s player-loyalty card, will that person receive more in the way of comps, free slot play and tier play than if both play on their own cards?
ANSWER: That depends on the specific loyalty program. In tiered programs, two people building points on the same account will move up faster to the next tier. In programs where you redeem points for free play AND there’s a points multiplier at the higher tier, then you will earn more free play with the same amount of play after you’ve moved up than if you were both wagering the same amount but stayed at a lower tier on separate cards.
However, there’s also the value of direct mail offers to take into consideration. Most programs use the mail to offer some amount of free play, meal vouchers or other incentives to return to the casino even to low-tier players. It’s possible the value of such offers to two low-tier cards might offset the increase value of offers to one higher-tier card.
So the answer to your question is a definite “maybe.”
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