One-arm bandits, they used to be called because of the side levers you need to pull to spin them and make a payout which seldom come thus rob you instead. Modern technology, however, changed their appearance with just buttons to press to spin them. Nonetheless, they are still the same man-made contraption, computer-generated and therefore, can be programmed and manipulated to favor casino management. Pay-outs can be set according to a certain ratio based on how much money income the machine had already generated; for example, a 20:80 ratio means that for every dollar input, the machines gives a payout of 20 cents. They are programmed further to accumulate the input bets to certain levels before giving randomly the pay outs including the jackpot.
The “bandits” (I still have to refer them as such unless they put on an attitude of being charitable) are the bread-and-butter of the casino establishment. Since they can be programmed, they always rake in the income in favor of management; they never lose. Knowing the mechanics therefore gives you an idea on how to beat the odds over these machines.
Humans that we are and gamblers at that, we oftentimes have that feeling of being lucky; thus, you go to the casino to try your luck maybe out of a gut feeling or perhaps just a sudden urge. Of course, everybody wants to win! Now, if you get that lucky feeling and the “itchy palm” to gamble, follow these “rule of thumb” to beat the odds and win in the slots:
1. Don’t follow your instincts and just try any machine that suits your fancy or which you think lady luck has driven you to. Observe and look for machines that have been played but didn’t payout. They’re bound to loosen-up and make the payout…to you;
2. Casino management usually position “loose” machines near the entrance or among the first in a row of machines. This is to attract and encourage patrons;
3. Vary your betting. Pay outs may come according to the level of your bets. This will also extend or stretch your gambling money for longer playing time;
For progressive jackpot machines or those that give jackpots randomly, you don’t have to bet big money here; just bet on the minimum because this is where you have to depend on sheer luck to win big.
So, there you are! The bottom line is to keep your cool; do not be too aggressive in looking for that pot of gold in the casino. Remember, if you win a million, it means that $5M was contributed by others to give you that $1M. You can’t beat the house, so be cool and play wisely. Good luck and don’t forget to have fun!