About Gambling Jackpots – There is No Man Behind the Curtain

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While loving to blog about the the gaming industry, in my real life I am an educator, musician and drama director.

Recently my two worlds collided when I finished directing the production of “The Wizard of Oz” (two fabulous performances, two full houses) and the week after a brief casino visit.  Here’s how my visit went:

I sat down at a Video Poker machine and the person next to me said, “I wouldn’t play that if I were you, the last person left with over $1000 profit – yeah, he hit a royal, and then it kept on being hot for over an hour!”

I stood up and left – not  because of what he said, but because what he said was ignorant and stupid. (And if I have a choice, I prefer not to play next to obnoxious people who can’t keep their less than knowledgeable opinions to themselves.)

So I went to play slots.  As I’m about to sit down. the lady on the next machine says, “that one (slot) is due to hit.  I’ve been playing here for over an hour and at least a dozen people have poured in money into that (machine).  It’s due…”

This is why I like empty casinos – nobody around to offer their stupid opinions.

Let’s get this straight – there is no “DUE” in slot machines or video poker!  “Hot” or “Tight” machines is a human perception based on a minute sampling of time and based on nothing scientifically or mathematically. And


The Great and Powerful Oz was a mistake in human judgement, a perception of what the Lion, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Dorothy WANTED to believe.  Thank goodness one of the leads had the common sense to dig deeper for the truth – TOTO SAVES THE DAY!


It’s just so frustrating to hear so many myths, hunches, feelings, and miss-guided “facts” about slots.  There is no magic.  Casinos don’t change the machines payback % all the time – they don’t have to, because of one scientific, mathematical fact – house advantage is designed from the factory by the  Random Number Generator (RNG).   Every pull of the handle, every push of the button, is an event in life that does not depend on what happened before. 

So, there is no man behind the curtain, their is no magic, slots are not “due,” “tight” or “loose,” and the RNG dictates everything.


Thank you, Toto!


That’s all for now.



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