How to Win At Slot Machine
What is a RNG? Why Do Slots Use Random Number Generators and Will That Impact My Chances of Winning on a Slot Machine?
RNG stand for random number generator. This is the mechanism inside the slot machine computer that generates thousands of random numbers per second (in sets of 3 or 5 numbers, depending on the number of reels), and at the exact moment a player triggers a spin the RNG spits out a combination of numbers that then become the combination that the reels stop at.
This means that the outcome of every spin is random. For example, if a player leaves a machine and a new player sits down and wins the jackpot, the previous player may feel bad about not staying for one last spin, but what we have to understand is that in order for the first player to have won that jackpot, he would have had to press the spin button at the very same second, exactly, to win that very same spin. If he would have pulled it one second later, the combination would have been entirely different.
This random number concept is the hardest concept for most slots players to grasp. It’s not just about winning at the slots, but why players will lose. Most players think if a slot machine has not hit a big payout in a while, then it is certainly due. This is another false assumption. Theoretically, a machine could hit a jackpot back to back, although thisoccurrence is highly unlikely.
So if the numbers are generated completely at random, then why does a machine sometimes feel hot or cold? A machine is never really hot or cold. Over the long-run, a machine will stick to its payback percentage. This is not to say that in the short-run something different may occur.
Think about flipping a coin. Fifty percent of the time it lands on heads, and the other fifty percent of the time it lands on tails. If you only flip the coin 20 times to test this, you may get skewed results. If you flipped the coin 4,000 times you would have a heads to tails ratio of about 50:50. The only catch with the slots is that the outcomes of the reels are weighted. The jackpot is much less likely to hit than any bar, any bar, any bar.
Example (this is just an example and not an actual scenario):
Let us say that a slot reel has 50 reel stops. Stops 1-25 are blanks, stop 26 is the jackpot symbol, stops 27-40 are cherries, stops 41-50 are bars. It doesn’t take a math genius to figure out that you have a two percent chance of getting a jackpot symbol on the given reel.
So the way it all works is that there is a separate map of numbers and symbols for each reel (click here for visual example), and the random number generator is spitting out sets of three numbers between 1 and 50. Upon pressing the spin button, the three random numbers generated are 44-41-18, which would result in an outcome of bar bar blank. The outcome of a spin is totally random, but the odds of that outcome are weighted.