slot myths

Slot machines that haven't paid out in a long time are due

 Slot machines are never due to pay out. The odds of hitting a jackpot, for example, are always completely the same for every spin. Likewise, the odds of hitting the jackpot on the very next spin remain the same. This is achieved by a Random Number Generator (RNG) which will constantly generate a series of numbers that corresponds to a position of the reels.

Someone hit the jackpot right after you. That was your jackpot

Not True. The RNG, run by a computer chip inside the machine, is always working; even when the machine is not being played. When the spin button is pressed, the RNG picks a number to the closest microsecond the button was pressed. It is therefore highly unlikely you would have pressed the spin button at the exact same microsecond to win the jackpot.

Casinos can lower/increase a slot machines payout at will

It is possible but in reality, it hardly ever happens. If a casino wanted to change the payout of a slot machine, they would have to completely change the computer chip in the machine. The payout percentage is programmed at the factory and if a casino wishes to change it, they would have to complete loads of paperwork, consult with the Gambling Commission they are responsible to and have witnesses present for the whole process.

If you bet with more than one coin, your odds of winning increase

Betting with more coins only increases the amount you win not your chance of winning.The RNG has no idea how many coins you have bet. The number of coins you bet is measured by a separate computer chip that does not communicate with the RNG. And as the RNG controls the outcome of a spin, betting three coins on a spin instead of one does not increase your chances of winning.

Casinos can reward loyal players with jackpots

If a casino was to do this, they would quickly be closed down. It is completely illegal for anything other than the RNG to determine the outcome of a spin or dictate when a jackpot is awarded. Also, there are plenty of examples of players playing at an online casino for the first time and winning life-changing amounts of money.

The payout percentage is 95%, I will get back $95 of every $100 I bet

Although theoretically possible, it would be unlikely to happen. The payout percentage of 95% is based over a very long period of time. Longer than anyone could conceivably sit at a machine and play on a slot machine. It is therefore more likely that you will either win less or more than the 95% payout percentage.