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Slot Machine Secrets

Slot games are undoubtedly the most popular casino entertainment. They can reward any player with a big pot in just a few spins. However, the more people play video slots, the more strange fables and narratives appear around them. Let's try to sort out the most interesting slot machine secrets. And are there really any secrets at all or everything is much simpler than it seems?
14.04.2022
Slot Machine Secrets

Table of Contents:
Origin of Fruit Pictures, Card Symbols and Bar Image
Are There Professional Slot Machine Players?
Casinos Can Intervene in the Gaming Process! Can They?
Casino Is The Only Winner
All Results Are Known in Advance
One Slot Has Different Chances to Win At Different Casinos
Summing Up

Origin of Fruit Pictures, Card Symbols and Bar Image

All these symbols have long been traditional for slot machines. Surely, each of the readers has seen fruit pictures or card suits and the Bar symbol on the reels of their favourite online slots. However, it’s unlikely that anyone has wondered why these symbols are so popular now.

Gambling cards were popular long before the advent of slot machines. Therefore, after the invention of the very first mechanical slot games, the choice of symbols on the reels was obvious.

Then, at the beginning of the 20th century, a prohibition on any kind of gambling was introduced in the United States. Real money games were outlawed and slots with cards on the reels were also banned. Then the cards were replaced by images of fruits that are well-known today.

Around the same time, in the 1900s, the Bar symbol appeared on the slot wheels. According to one version, that picture represented the logo of chewing gum from the Bell-Fruit Gum company, one of the largest chewing gum manufacturers at that time.

Are There Professional Slot Machine Players?

Casino games have always been considered nothing more than just entertainment. But some experienced players managed to make gambling a real source of income. These include members of the Blackjack Hall of Fame, famous roulette players and professional poker players.

So what about slot machines? Are there any professionals among ordinary players? The definite and certain answer is YES!

The most famous player among his kin is Ernest Cobb, a man who managed to win $10 million using his own system. You can learn about all the peculiarities of such a strategy from his book “Secrets to Hitting More Jackpots Getting the Winning Edge”.

Another person worth mentioning is John Grochowski. He is an expert on gambling theory and was a longtime columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. Grochowski wrote a series of books about various tricks for winning money at gambling houses.

Nowadays, professional slot players can be called casino online streamers. However, be well aware that their earnings consist primarily of:

  • Earnings from streaming their gaming at online casinos
  • Interest from affiliate programs
  • Prizes for participating in big tournaments
  • Advertising and other media activities

Besides, there is one more interesting category of players — progressive jackpots hunters. They are trying to win big jackpots in games like Divine Fortune, Mega Moolah and some other popular gaming masterpieces. But for such a game, you need to have an incredibly large deposit and be ready to lose for a long time while hoping to hit the main prize.

Casinos Can Intervene in the Gaming Process! Can They?

If we talk about licensed casinos, such a statement is complete nonsense.

In the info section of any slot, there is an indicator of RTP, volatility, dispersion, and rules for the formation of jackpots. The fair performance of all these indicators by providers and casinos is monitored by independent auditors like ECOGRA. If you play online at a well-known casino that has a licence, you needn’t worry about their meddling with the game, for it is simply impossible.

Casino Is The Only Winner

Unfortunately for casual players, this is true. All casino games have a mathematical model that makes your play over a long period of time profitable for the casino. And the main factor in such games is RTP (return to player ratio).

Just imagine a situation where 100 players play the same slot at one casino. Each of them makes 1 spin for at least $1, so now the total pull of the machine is $100. The maximum theoretical win for one player will be around $90 (most games today have a payout rate of around 90%), and this is only if they are very lucky, while likely most of the players do not receive anything — or not as much — from their spins.

Progressive slots give a little higher chance to profit from gambling. Part of the money from each spin goes to the jackpot of the slot.

But keep in mind that such slots have high volatility and you need to make much more spins to get a big win. Betting the maximum is one of the best ways to hit the jackpot ASAP.

All Results Are Known in Advance

A lot of players believe that the result of a spin depends on when they push the spin button. Or maybe their choice in a bonus game affects something. In fact, all such outcomes and numbers are purely random.

Slot machines just execute a special program to constantly distribute the money of all players among them. And the whole process is controlled by a random number generator. It is simply impossible to determine when you will receive free spins or a big win.

That is why various tricks to win on slot machines like changing the size of the bet or playing only at night do not make sense.

One Slot Has Different Chances to Win At Different Casinos

This is completely false. All mathematical calculations are carried out on the developer's server and they are the same for all casinos.

The RTP size and volatility do not depend on the casino, and the only exception to this rule is local jackpots. Winning the jackpot is always easier at casinos where there are less players. However, the size of the main prize in such houses will be way smaller than at more popular casinos.

Summing Up

Classic slots were originally invented as a form of entertainment. When you play slots, you always need to be prepared for temporary losses. You can’t win at slots all the time due to their randomness, however, you can increase your winning odds by sticking to a certain strategy.

Whatever pictures appear on your screen (fruits, cards or others), they all are completely random. Even if you hit a progressive jackpot today, there is no guarantee the same will happen tomorrow.

Choose to play a game of slots only at licensed casinos so that you don’t fall victim to yet another fraud. And remember that the casino you chose will receive profit in any case and there is no need for them to cheat.

You should always play smart and consider slot machines as an option to have fun, not as your source of income.