The Top 5 Slot Machine Myths Dispelled!
There are certain common questions that are many times asked and I'll attempt to put some of the more common misconceptions to rest here. First of all, let me preface my answers in that they apply to "Vegas Style" slot machines in land-based casinos in countries that have transparent regulations, such as the United States. If you play a slot online that's served from Timbuktu, you're on your own. In addition, certain classes of "skill-based" slot machines are coming to market which may have certain nuances to them versus traditional slots, which may follow different rules which we can address separately. With all of that said, let's clear up some of the easy ones:
1. "Why Don't You 'Stop the Reels' When You Play- You Could Have Had So Many More Jackpots!"
I don't stop the rules because it has ZERO EFFECT on the outcome of the game, ZERO! When you "stop the reels" the only thing you're doing is quickening the pace of your game: the reel symbols that eventually appear WILL BE THE SAME if you "stop the reels" or let the game conclude at its usual pace.
And think about it: if you could really gain an advantage by doing this, wouldn't you see legions of "skilled stoppers" making their livings playing slots? Of course you would! But you may say, "I've seen people stop the reels and hit a Jackpot!" and the answer to this is quite simple: they would have hit the Jackpot anyway. There is actually one potential downside to stopping the reels, and it's that it increases your overall rate of play and theoretically, the more you play the more you lose so that's a negative, unless of course you play a set number of spins each time you sit down at a particular machine.
2. "Using a Player's Card Affects My Play!"
Actually, no, it does not! The use or non-use of a player's card has absolutely no effect on the outcome of your play. None. Zero. Zilch. Nada! You may wonder why I "pull" my player's card from a machine during some of my videos and the answer is that I do so in order to create a higher-quality video as many times, a player's card will show your personal or casino information on the screen, which I find distracting. What a player's card will get you are promotional offers in the future, which depending on the level of your play, could be quite lucrative. Of course, that's an added incentive to return to the casino, which for some may be a challenge depending on your level of discipline. Putting it another way, if you're the type of person that will ALWAYS lose more than what your promotional offer provides, and you increase your casino visits only because of the offers, well, you have a choice to make.
3. "You Can't Win on Free Play or It Doesn't Play Like Real Money!"
Free Play and real money play in a slot machine exactly the same. Period. There isn't some setting or logic in the machine that says, "Oh, this is Free Play , so I will make sure not to pay out this time!" Slots don't need to cheat to make money. And yeah, I won $33175 on a bet that was partially on Free Play!
4. "It's Friday and Saturday, Slots Are Set to Pay Less!"
No, THEY ARE NOT! Once again, slots don't need to cheat in order to take your money! While casinos can adjust the payout percentages of machines, they need to go through a regulatory process to do so and machines need to be taken down to do so: it's not a 2-minute process that can be done and undone on a whim or regular schedule.
5. "Picks Aren't Fair!"
This is probably the most controversial myth! When you are presented with a series of "Picks" in a bonus and are then shown the results of what you did NOT pick at the conclusion of that portion of the bonus, it's fair and the choices you made affected the outcome of your bonus. If you do NOT see the results of the picks you didn't choose after you made your picks, it's almost certainly NOT a fair game and you would probably have received the same end results regardless of what choices you made. The best examples of this are Quick Hit Platinum and 88 Fortunes. If I played Quick Hit Platinum for 1000 bonuses, you would find the percents of each free spin option to be about the same. And regardless of where you pick in 88 Fortunes, you're going to get the same progressive award. Quick Hit Platinum shows all choices after you conclude your picks and 88 Fortunes does not. Once again, the machines don't need to cheat to win!
I hope the above helps in some ways although I'm prepared that it still won't put all of these topics to rest permanently, and if you feel the need to challenge me, please leave a comment with ideally evidence to support your opinion, thank you!