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Online Slot Myths

Posted on 21 May 2011 by bwright | Casino Games

There are a lot of myths flying around the online slot world. Some people will tell you they have a fool proof system while others might try and let you know that winning at online slots is impossible. We take a look at some of the common online slot myths and set the record straight.

Myth 1 – You can’t hit the jackpot on the same machine twice

Many people believe that slot machines have some sought of in built mechanism that will only allow  a jackpot to go off once on a certain machine. Online slot machines use a computer microchip which generates several billion combinations the moment you spin the reels. What appears on the slot is completely random. If you spin up a jackpot, the odds of doing on the next spin are the same as they were when you spun up the jackpot on the first go.

Myth 2 – Casinos rig slot machines to pay during peak periods

There is a train of thought out there that casinos rig their machines to payout more often during peak periods such as weekend and public holidays. This is simply not true. Online casinos are carefully regulated and audited, often by independent companies. With the online casino industry so competitive it does not make sense for casinos to cheat players and risk market share.

Myth 3 – This machine is due to pay

If a machine hasn’t hit a win for some time, some players believe this is the perfect time to up the bet and chase a ‘due’ win. Remember that online slots are run by a random number generator so there is no guarantee that a machine will automatically turn around a run of losses.

Myth 4 – The casino can ‘tighten’ a machine if it goes on a winning run

Another common myth is that the casino can ‘tighten’ a machine at the click of a button if it begins to payout too much. This is pure non-sense. The pay rates of slot machines are governed by the makers of the slot, not the casino. If a casino wants to change the payout rate of a slot they need to ask the manufacturer to do so, and also get permission from the relevant gaming commission as all pay rates must be registered with the relevant gaming commission.

Myth 5 – The higher the denomination of machine, the higher the payouts.

It is indeed true that higher denomination machines pay out more often, the only problem is these payouts are smaller compared to the coin denomination. All slot machines are programmed with pay-out percentage. How you play will not alter this percentage.

It is important to remember that online slots have one of the highest payout rates of any form of online gambling. Not only is this why they are so popular, but it’s also why they are so fun.

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