Many players make playing mistakes based upon a lack of understanding of how the RNG works.

If you read this article you won’t make these mistakes and increase your chances of winning the big payouts.

The Random Number Generator

All Slot machines contain a (RNG) which is a microchip that constantly (even while the machine is not being played) constantly generates combinations of numbers at a rate of around a hundred every second.

These random numbers correspond to positions on each of the reels in the machine. When you play, you aren’t really doing anything other than spinning the reels for visual effect.

A player is simply seeing reel positions that correspond to the last set of random numbers in the sequence at the time of the spin.

So what are the common errors that players make?

Here are the most common ones and the influence the RNG has:

1. Using a Slot Machine System

Many players believe they can predict the next spin by using mathematical systems to put the odds in their favor.

The RNG however makes slots a game of chance and there is no way of predicting in advance when the next jackpot is due.

Winning comes down to the precise moment that you play and this dictates which set of random numbers your play generates.

While the RNG is not purely random it is impossible to tell the sequence and even if it were at 100 calculations a second the chances of you being able to hit the pay at the exact time of a winning spin are remote to say the least.

Never use a slot machine system!

2. Looking at the reels and calculating odds

The number corresponds to the symbols on the Reel. There can be hundreds of Virtual stops on each reel even though you see far fewer symbols.

Let’s assume a player sees 15 reels and then calculates the odds as follows:

15 x 15 x 15 1:3,375. This however is only part of the odds what the player does not see are the virtual stops, and this could be a 100 or more per reel!

At 100 per reel, it would be 100 x 100 x 100, or odds of 1:1,000,000. Generally the bigger the payback of a machine the larger the number of virtual stops.

If the jackpot is big the odds of winning it are small as the jackpot obviously has to be financed from somewhere!

3. A Machine has not paid for a while and is due a payback

A machine is never due to payout at a certain time as the payback percentage and payout frequency are calculated longer term.

The RNG is a longer term calculation and there is no reason why it cant go a long time without paying out, or do two or three payouts in quick succession.

4. Playing Fast increase chances of success

There is no advantage to playing the machine faster!

The RNG will generate hundreds of numbers between the spins of even the fastest player and there are no players who can play a hundred spins a second, so take your time.


The RNG is a marvel of modern technology and makes any slot machine a game of chance.

The above common playing errors are based around the idea that slots can be predicted and of course this is not true.

Increasing your chances of winning at slots

While slots are a game of chance, there are some sensible ways of playing them to increase the odds of success.

By sacha tarkovsky
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