All slots games today, whether played online or offline, are based on computer software, which simulates the movement of reels. The Random Number Generator (RNG), which is a part of the software, governs the display of the combination of symbols in the reels. The RNG generates a set of numbers in sequence. Each of the numbers is associated through the computer software with a combination of symbols. Some combinations are linked to many numbers and therefore occur more frequently. Some combinations are linked to a few numbers and therefore occur rarely. It is the numbers generated by the RNG, and those numbers alone, which determine the combinations of symbols that appear on the reels. Neither the casino operator nor the player has any access to the RNG.
Is it possible to predict the next number in the sequence by knowing the earlier numbers? The answer is that it is not possible. Mathematicians and computer experts have devised systems that make it impossible to predict the next numbers. It is not possible for us to understand why this should be so without having the prerequisite mathematical knowledge. The random numbers generated are not linked to the time of the day, the date, the phases of the moon or any such phenomenon. Neither are the numbers linked to the amount of the progressive jackpot, or the amount paid out by the slot game in the previous period or to when the jackpot was last hit. The best online gaming software providers, like Microgaming, Playtech and Wizard Gaming get their RNGs tested by expert auditors in the field. Some of these experts are eCOGRA and Technical Systems Testing. And this testing is a continuous process carried out month after month to ensure that the software has not been tampered with.
Unfortunately this is something that many slot players are not able to come to terms with. They feel that they must do something if they have to increase their chances of winning and therefore they have come up with a number of options. Some of these are:
- Keeping a charm with them like a rabbit's foot or a lucky coin. Some even touch the screen with the charm before activating the spin.
- Wearing a particular shirt or clothing of a particular color.
- Playing at a particular hour of the day or day of the week.
- Calculating the average period between hits for a particular game and starting to wager on that game when that period is reached.
- For progressive slots, calculating the average payout for a particular game and then starting to wager on that game when the jackpot reaches that amount.
There is nothing lost in doing any of these because they do not decrease the player's chances of winning. If the player feels comfortable doing so, then fine. But he must not allow frustration to set in when he realizes that these techniques are not working.
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