In our gambling experience, we’ve been given thousands of tips and myths on how to play slot machines. Some of them were good, most of them were bad, and some were outright ugly. As far as slots goes, we’ve already debunked a large portion of the most common myths. Now, here are some common tips you might hear around the house, read online, or encounter in some way, shape or form as you make your way to the Slot machines.
Progressive Jackpots Myths
We once read that you should pay attention to whether or not the progressive jackpot of a machine has been won recently. If it has, stay away from the machine because there is no way you can win (you can see if the jackpot has been won or not based on how close the sum is to the base amount). We think that I’ve already explained the random principle of the machines so many times that we don’t even need to tell you how ridiculous this notion is. To think that just because the jackpot has been won, you won’t be able to get anything out of the machine is just absurd. You have the same chance as on any other machine, after any other spin. Just because someone was lucky to win the jackpot doesn’t mean that you will have less of a chance.
In fact, we’ve seen the machine give out the jackpot two times within an hour in a casino in Vegas. It’s all about chance, people. It’s bound to happen. Doesn’t mean it will happen often, but it will happen. It’s absolutely possible for a machine to give out the jackpot in two consecutive spins (it’s not very likely, but it is possible). If you’re hell-bent on playing Slots, you shouldn’t care whether someone has won recently or not.
Playing Same Slots Myths
This next one we read in a book. It stated that you shouldn’t play the same machine more than six times. If you don’t win within the set perimeters, you’re supposed to move on to another machine. This is just preposterous! And to think that people read these books and believe that the information presented there is in some way accurate. Saying that you should play for six spins and then move because the machine is cold is like saying that atoms don’t exist because you can’t see them. It’s silly.
Your chances won’t improve with changing the machine. And why “six”? Why not seven or five? Seems sort of arbitrary, if you ask me. Furthermore, there is no number of spins you can use to determine the machine’s status simply because the machine doesn’t have a status. You hit a random number. If you’re lucky, you win. If you’re not lucky (as is the case more often than not), then you lose. It’s as simple as that. Don’t listen to these tips. They are hazardous.
Increasing Your Stakes Myths
The following is pure gold. We once read that you should increase your stakes the more you’re not winning. The reason behind this that the more you lose, the more likely you are to win, and you want to win big when that happens. We can only describe this as ugly. Looks like anyone can write whatever they want in these books and will still make good money out of selling them. We think I might write one, as well. But more on the matter – why is this a bad idea? The more you increase your stakes, the more money you will lose. It’s simple as that. Slots are unpredictable. You might win and you might lose but you can never tell which it will be before you actually press the button and look at the screen. Betting more in the hopes of winning more is the surest way to empty your bank account. Don’t do it.
Membership Card Myths
Some people also believe that using a membership card of sorts with the Slot machine will somehow reduce your chances of winning. This one goes beyond ridiculous. The reasoning is that the machine is programmed in such a way that it will make loyal casino member or clients lose more because it’s expected that they are already “hooked”. This is faulty reasoning, though, and we will explain why. Even if it were possible to rig the game (and it’s not), why would any casino manager in their right mind deprive loyal members of their money more than other people? This way casinos can actually lose their clientèle, which trust me when we say this – they won’t allow under any circumstances. Either way, the chances are the same so don’t worry about it.
We’ve shown you some bad and ugly tips. Now it’s time to give you some of my own.
If you win, lock away your original bankroll and gamble with the winnings alone. If you lock away your original bankroll, no matter what happens, at the end of the day you will leave the casino with the same amount of money you had upon entering (and this is worst case scenario). However, if you keep playing with your entire bankroll, you might lose it all.
Do not, under any circumstances, go to the ATM or the cashier’s desk after a long losing streak. This is quite possibly the worst thing you can do. If you lose a lot of money, don’t think that your luck will suddenly change because of all the losses. It won’t. You will probably end up losing even more. Don’t fall into that trap.
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Don’t think that changing the machine will change your luck. This is not how it works. Your chances of winning are exactly the same on any machine you pick in the facility. Whether you play today, tomorrow or a week from now, it doesn’t matter – the chance will stay the same. So after a losing streak, just stop playing. It hasn’t been a good day – it happens. Go do something else. Don’t spend more money in futile attempts to change your luck.