When people think of casino games, they often picture high-stakes bouts of chance where fortunes can be won or lost in seconds. But that image is increasingly obsolete, as slots have come to dominate the gambling industry and account for a large percentage of profits. One gambling official has estimated that slot machines bring in 85 percent of industry profits.
While casino managers are under pressure to maximize their all-important slots revenue, they also do not want to kill the golden goose by increasing the house advantage too much. They fear that if players are able to detect that the odds of winning on their slots have increased, they will leave for another casino. So they do their best to disguise these changes as much as possible.
One of the ways they do this is by hiding increases in the probability of hitting higher-paying symbols behind an increase in the probability of hitting lower-paying symbols. This is accomplished by weighting each reel differently, so that higher-paying symbols are more likely to hit on the first two reels and less so on the third. By the time you see the spinning reels, though, it’s too late to change your chances of hitting that JACKPOT. The computer has already selected the stops.
Some players believe that it’s possible to control their slot game by pushing the spin button again as soon as they see a winning combination about to appear. They believe that this will give them a better chance of stopping the reels, which will help them win more money. In reality, however, this is a waste of time. The random number generator within all slot machines determines whether or not you’ll hit the jackpot and, if so, when.