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Debunking Common Misconceptions About Slot Machines

Slot machines have been the subject of various myths since their inception. These myths have persisted over the years, likely due to the fact that the random number generation process is not visible, allowing the imagination to fill in the gaps. Let’s take a look at some common misconceptions about modern slot machines.

Myth: Paybacks on pick-a-prize bonus rounds have to be fixed in advance or they couldn’t program a payback percentage.
Fact: Your choices count on most manufacturers’ bonus events. The programmer sets the possibilities, and that determines the odds of the game. The programmer doesn’t have to fix the value of the bonus event; the odds of the game will lead to an average return.

Myth: Video and online slots are just computer programs, so they’re more easily fixed to beat you than three-reel slots.
Fact: All modern slots, including reel-spinning games as well as video and online slots, use computer software and have results determined by random number generators. The potential for “fixed” results is the same on all types of slots, and rules and regulations work to keep results random.

Myth: Advertised payback percentages on slots show they can’t be random. How can a game have a predictable return and be random at the same time?
Fact: Slot machines are random and have predictable payback percentages in the same way as table games. The possibilities and the odds are the same on every spin.

Myth: After a progressive jackpot or a big bonus win, slot machines have to go cold for a game to hit its programmed percentage.
Fact: Odds of winning are the same on every spin regardless of past outcomes. Game designers know jackpots will hit according to the normal odds of the game.

Myth: On games with wheel-spinning bonuses, such as Wheel of Fortune, wheels are fixed so you get only low payouts.
Fact: Bonus wheels have random number generators just like slot reels. While it is possible to win any of the amounts on the wheel, more random numbers are assigned to lower-paying spaces, so smaller prizes are won more often than the top jackpots.

In conclusion, while there are a number of myths surrounding slot machines, it is important to understand that slot machines are random and have predictable payback percentages. The possibilities are programmed, but the results are random, leading to an expected average outcome. Game designers and regulators work to ensure that slot machines operate fairly and randomly.