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The Slot Machines Urban Legends

There are many urban legends about slots that people will like to believe are true. Some players will also like to believe that their lucky charm brings them luck and will always let them win. The sobering truth about slots is that they only pay out when they are supposed to. There is no secret formula to making these machines pay out all their coins to you.

A slot machine is a programmed game that is basically a computer with software that dictates when it pay outs. These wins are generated by a RNG (Random Number Generator) which randomly decides when a player wins. These programs are sophisticated and created by professionals that can’t even tell when a slot will pay out.

Here are some of the most told urban legends about online slots and live slots.


Many people believe that the location of a slot in the casino will determine if it is sure to be a winner. Some feel that the ones right at the front will never win as they are put there to “trick” the players into using bad slots. They will run around in circles looking for ones that haven’t been played or are in obscure locations. This is a waste of effort and you can look quite silly running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

Regardless of where the slot is, it will be programmed just like the rest. If a slot machine does happen to be paying off because it’s in the back where no one will ever play it, this is just your lucky day and the RNG has been hit. There is no connection between its location and pay outs that should ever be used to determine what slot you play.

The waiting game

One of the funniest and sometimes awkward moments in a casino is when you see a player stalk over another player like a vulture waiting for them to die. They feel that the person playing now will juice up the machine and once they leave, it will be their turn to win. They jump in the seat as soon as this person gets up as if it was the last chair on earth and start pumping the machines with coins.

Not only is this totally false, it is also quite rude. Again, the machine will not be juiced up and hit once you sit down. It will hit at a random time that no one can ever predict.


Some players believe that when they hit the buttons or click the buttons online a certain way it will trigger the slot to pay out. This is one of the more comical urban legends and can be considered to be borderline obsessive compulsive.

A slot machine is not a safe that can be cracked by entering a code. The way you hit the buttons will never determine when it hits a payout. You may feel better about doing this as it will likely fulfill your OCD needs, but that’s about as far as this method will go.

These are just a few urban legends about slot machines, but there are many more. The bottom line is that a slot machine will only pay out when it is supposed to according to its software. There is nothing you can do to make it win while you are playing it.

Share with us some of your favorite myths about slot machines. If you feel some are true, we’d like to hear about it.

Online Slots Terminology

Are you a new slots games player? Not sure you are getting the right grip of the game? It is a well known fact that casino games tend to have their own slang and terminology, it is always important to get familiar with them in order to play the game wisely. Slots have their very own terms as well, and as a player it is imperative that you know it by heart. We have created a small list of the most common online slots terminology to help you understand the game a little better.

The terminology we are including on this article could come in handy for every type of player: beginners and veteran players might encounter a couple of things that they were probably not so familiar with and improve their game a little. Let’s take a look at our online slots terminology “dictionary:

Coin size: This does not refer to the size of the coin as well; you don’t really use coins to play online slots. This is referring to the amount you want to bet per line on your game.

Credit meter: This is a little screen that tells you how much credit you have to play with. It is more often seen on land based slot machines; however it is also used on the online slot versions in some cases.

First deposit bonus: If you are playing at an online casino for the first time, they will provide you with a sign up bonus which increases the amount of money you will be playing with.

Max Bet: The maximum bet you are allowed to play on each spin.

Onesies: Players that who bet only one coin per spin.

Pay-line: These are the directions or ways in which the symbols can be lined up in order to get a winning combination. These can be tricky on online slot machines that have many paylines; it is recommended that you check how are the pay lines on each game you play for the first time before hand.

Payout: When you are playing at any slot machine, winnings pay out in relation to the amount of money that is put in, stated as a percentage (payout percentage).

Progressive Jackpot: The top jackpot that grows progressively as more players bet on the game. This is something very interesting: Slot machines are often linked together among several online casinos which mean more players put in more money in and create all together a much larger combined jackpot.

Static Jackpot: A jackpot that is pre-determined and doesn’t change.

Scatter Symbol: These are symbols specifically related to a game. How they work I when two or more of them appear anywhere on your reels, which means a bonus game is activated or features free spins.

Wild Symbol: This is a term was stolen from Poker: as you probably know, in Poker certain cards in the deck can substitute any other card make a winning combination, it works the same in online slots. The Wild Symbol can substitute for any other symbol (except for Scatter symbols) and help you win.

How to Enjoy the Variety of Slot Games

Today I want to write about a misconception that a lot of players seem to fall into while wagering at internet casinos, when a player makes a lot of money or a big win on a game they often continue playing that came for a very long time. This is done with the reasoning that because they have won a lot of money there, the game must have a higher payout percentage than others.

However, this is fallacious reasoning as online casino games are games of chance and there is a possibility that a player wins a lot of money on a game that has a lower payout percentage. If this is the case the player that has decided to stick to this game will probably see it in his losses in the future.

Games like roulette, blackjack and video poker often report the payout percentages of old and new variants so players often end up going for the high percentage ones. The problem starts in games like slot machines because average payout ratios are not usually reported. We advice that players who like to gamble in online slot games do not get stuck with one game but that instead they try out multiple options.

Another thing to pay attention to is that most slot games have average payout percentages between 94% and 96% which means that the other aspects of selecting slot games have a larger significance. We recommend that you pick the ones with big bonuses and variety is very important so an online slots player must try to wager on as many different slots as possible to enjoy the wide variety of online slot machine games that internet casinos offer (almost 70% of online casino games are slots and they offer a wide range of choices).

Online Casino Payout Limits – Part II

Today I will talk about some casino games that have limited payouts at some casinos. If you are unfamiliar with the topic please see my post from yesterday in which I explained why online casinos may sometimes limit payouts on certain games here.

Online slot games are the most common casino games and the maximum amount wagered, more commonly known as the total bet per spin, is controlled by limiting the betting options. There is a limit to the number of paylines, the number of coins that can be wagered in each payline and also the coin denomination. The payout are a ratio of the coins wagered so this means that there is automatically a limit on the maximum payout.

Something else that you will find at online slot games is that they have free spin bonus rounds that allow players to receive payouts without having to place additional wagers. A lucky streak of free spins can really add to the payouts so most slot games have a limit on the number of times that the free spins round can be retriggered. There is also a limit on the upper limit for the payout in the free spins round.

Some online slot games and video poker have a feature called the gamble game which allows players to double, triple or even quadruple their winnings. Online casinos often limit the maximum payout that can be received in the gamble game. Once players reach this limit they cannot play the gamble

Some online slot games and video poker games have a feature called the gamble game. In this game players can try to double or even quadruple their payouts. A lucky streak in this game with a large initial payout can amount to big numbers. Therefore online casinos limit the maximum payout that can be received in the gamble game. Once this limit is reached players cannot play the gamble game and have to return to the main game.

One thing that players need to be really careful about are online casinos that offer very high payouts but directly limit the maximum payout. Most varieties of keno fall into this category, for example a variant of keno offers a payout of 100,000 for hitting all 15 numbers so if you were betting at a coin size of $10 the payout would be $1,000,000 but the game has a limited payout of $250,000; this means that even if you hit all 15 numbers you would still get only $250,000.