Slot machines can be a lot of fun. The dinging bells and flashing lights with every win, the interesting graphics and the fast-paced gameplay combine to create an experience unlike any other on the casino floor. Despite the good times, there are a few enemies to these classic games that make play less fun than it really should be. Last time, we covered the so-called winning strategies that scam artists are currently marketing to unsuspecting players around the internet. Today, we’re going to take a look at a slightly less nefarious but nonetheless annoying slot game enemy that you’re bound to see if you hang out at a casino for any time at all.
Lurk and Pop Strategists: The logic does seem sound; watch for players to blow their nest eggs on ice cold slot machines and swoop in after they give up to claim the winnings that they were just short of receiving. It seems so sound, in fact, that thousands of players around the globe have subscribed to this pattern-based strategy over the years. After all, a machine that just ate a player’s entire bankroll is most certainly due to payout soon, right? Well, not exactly.
The truth is that modern slot machines depend on a special piece of technology known as a random number generator to determine wins and losses. If the name didn’t already give it away, random number generators are completely random. For slot players, this means that each spin is a completely independent wager that has absolutely no bearing on the results of previous spins or future spins. Following the same logic, the concept that any machine could be due to pay out is completely erroneous. In theory, your chances of hitting the jackpot are exactly the same on each and every spin. So, what does this mean for lurkers?
Basically, the random number generator means that lurkers are actually wasting their playing time by watching other players’ triumphs and tribulations. Even if a player loses for an hour straight, the lurker has no better odds of sitting down and claiming a big win than he or she would if the previous player had just hit the jackpot.
Ok, so now that the logical explanation is out of the way, let’s take a closer look at why lurkers are enemies of the slot bank. The annoyance caused be these persistent players has nothing to do with the odds or statistics. If you’ve ever lost at a slot and stood up only to see the next player hit a big combination, you can attest that the logic doesn’t make a difference: the lurker’s are just plain annoying.
As if it’s not bad enough to lose, seeing someone else win on a spin that, theoretically, should have been yours is enough to get your blood boiling. When that occurs, remain calm and focus on the random number generator. While the lurking strategy may seem to have been proven in this particular case, it’s likely that the next results will be far less lucrative for the lurking play