The Secrets Behind How Slot Machines Work

Slot machines seem super complex and while it’s part of what adds to their mystique and helps us make feel more at peace with the fact that we don’t have the ability to control the outcome, the truth is that the mechanism behind our favorite games are actually quite straightforward. Discover how slot machines work and solve the mystery that has been haunting gamblers for ages.

Let’s break it down:

At the core of every slot machine – online or offline – is a computer with an advanced algorithm (computer code) that serves as a random number generator. This engine does exactly what it says it does and generates random numbers to make sure of two things: 1. that the house can’t rig the machines and 2. that players can’t cheat the system. It’s a bit of a win-win and essential to understand how do slot machines work.

The game chooses a random number for each reel and then displays that number onto the position on the reel (with physical machines, before video slots or online slots it meant that the reel actually stopped at that place). What this actually means is that the machine knows what will be displayed even before it displays in front of the player. Again this is also the way that online slot machines work. Therefore, we can understand that there aren’t different cycles and your odds are the same for each spin on each slot machines. The rest is really up to lady luck.

So, what does this mean for you?

Unlike other games where you can understand your odds based on the different betting combinations – here it’s really all random so you can’t learn specific strategies. That said, it doesn’t mean that there is no skill involved. For example, knowing which slot game to play is an essential skill for every slot player. Some slot games (especially online) have better bonus rounds with more chances to win. Some bonus rounds are easier to trigger than others. Plus, learning the paytables and getting comfortable with the game itself – which definitely helps you win more.

Also, remember that the higher the coin denomination ,the better the odds are. So, it’s better to play, for example, one coin per line on a 10-cent game than 10 coins per line on a 1-cent game.

Susan Sedlak

Susan Sedlak is a writer based on San Diego, California. Being an avid player, and most importantly, an avid blog reader, Susan knows how to deliver interesting, highly entertaining articles.

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