Presentation of a slot machine
As a reminder, the principle of the game is simple: the player inserts a coin or banknote into the slot in the slot machine, then selects the amount of the bet and the number of lines they wish to play, and finally, simply pull the machine lever or press the “Play”, “Start” or “Spin” button to activate the slot machine and watch the reels spin. The reels stop a few seconds later to display a winning or losing combination according to the paytable.
Mechanical slots have been replaced by electronic slots that operate on the same principle. In mechanical slots, the reels are driven by motors and the stoppers are usually activated by solenoids, a device consisting of an electrical wire wound in a helix to form a long reel.
In both cases, once the reels have stopped, the machine must determine the payout, only if the combination is winning.
It is therefore an easy to use game, which can very quickly make us addicted to gambling. Online slots, on the other hand, replicate the same logic but can include lots of additional scenarios (for example, by adding a character to the screen that will take you into a story and interact with you).
Operation of a slot machine
A slot machine usually has a program called RNG (Random Number Generator), which is a random number generator, so it generates millions of combinations every millisecond whether a player plays it or not, and there is no cycle in which the slot machine pays out more, the result of each game is determined from the moment the player presses the button to play.
The microprocessor executes the RNG script which generates numbers corresponding to the symbols displayed on the screen.
The probabilities of winning are the same for each game. To better represent the probabilities, we will imagine a bag containing 10 white balls and a red ball. To win a prize it will be necessary to pick the red ball. Each time a ball is drawn, this one is put back in the bag, before proceeding to the next draw. This means that the probability to fall on the red ball is always the same, no matter how many games are played. Even after 10 draws you will still not be sure to hit the famous red ball, which would be the jackpot.
Myths and legends about slot machines :
Do I have a better chance of winning if I pull the handle instead of pressing the “play” button?
Of course not, the odds remain the same, and it will always depend on the random number generator.
Slot machines can be hot or cold?
That’s not true, it’s still a myth, the odds of making a particular combination are exactly the same in every game. They don’t have to give you a win, even if they haven’t paid anything for hours or even days. In reality, it is rather on your “person” that you will encounter periods of form and deviation that are not related to a particular game but to your own variance. In other words, you can change slots whenever you want without worrying about that detail.
When the casinos are full, I have less chance to win?
Wrong, the odds of winning will remain the same, on the other hand, there will be a higher probability that a player will win, due to a higher number in the same place. Technically, if you play on a progressive jackpot, you have a higher probability because the more players there are, the bigger the jackpot will be, and therefore if you win it, you will have a higher amount.
If someone takes the place of the slot machine I was playing in will it win the jackpot?
Everybody has asked this kind of question at least once, and it’s been asked before, and you think, if I had played a few more minutes, I could have won that amount! Don’t worry, it’s totally false! Indeed, because of the random number generator, you would have had to press the button at exactly the same microsecond as the other player, the slightest tiny difference in time would have given a completely different combination, it’s still well thought out!
If a slot machine has just paid out a big win, should we avoid playing on it?
This is wrong, because once again we are talking about probability, which always remains the same before and after the result of a combination, and it doesn’t matter which one, it won’t influence the number generator. In fact, even if you are in a period of luck, you can change the machine that luck should follow you.
Is there a way to win?
It all depends on the random number generator. And even if there was one, casinos would adapt immediately. However, here is a pertinent piece of advice. In any game of chance there is something called variance. Not every winning move can happen with a perfect frequency. This means that winning moves will come in “bundles”, meaning that chance will always have a long-term tendency to form groups of winning moves and periods of losses. It is therefore possible to vary the height of the bets, play a little more during your winning form and bet less when you are in off-peak periods. This can make a difference in the long run, and even if it doesn’t give you an absolute method to win, the game will be smarter and you will make more profit, giving you a better chance of hitting a jackpot!
I’ve been playing on this slot machine for some time, I haven’t won anything yet, it should certainly give me a jackpot in a short while!
Of course, once again it’s a legend, the probability of hitting the jackpot whether it’s the first or the hundredth time you play remains the same, and the famous payout percentages are based on millions of combinations, so there’s no guarantee that you’ll get a win at the end of the hundredth time, or the millionth time. A gap period can last a long time and remains individual.
Si je joue la mise maximale, ai-je plus de chance de gagner ?
En aucun cas, la machine à sous ne tiendra pas compte du nombre de pièces que vous jouerez.
Mais il est vrai que sur les progressifs, il vaut mieux jouer la mise max au cas où une ligne vous fasse gagner le gros lot. Cela pourrait être très frustrant, si vous obtenez la ligne gagnante sans avoir misé sur celle-ci. Et comme nous l’indiquions dans le mythe « Existe-t-il une méthode pour gagner ? », il est plus intéressant de faire varier les mises selon les périodes de forme ou d’écart.
N’oubliez pas que votre chance de gagner doit être raisonnée. On joue avant tout pour se divertir et espérer un jour toucher un jackpot intéressant, mais ne pas croire que l’on peut aisément plus gagner que perdre continuellement. La nuance est importante. Toutefois avec un jeu intelligent, on peut améliorer ses chances sans ôter le plaisir de jouer. Voilà pourquoi en ayant démystifié les machines à sous, vous aurez une approche plus logique et raisonnable. A vous de jouer !