All About Gambling Machine Jackpots – There is No Man Behind the Curtain

All About Gambling Machine Jackpots – There is No Man Behind the Curtain is a rewrite of an older post.  It was a time of great frustration. While writing this post in 2014, friends of mine often shared misunderstandings about gambling jackpots. For the most part, I found these musings rather irritating. (I’m less apt to fall into a ranting tizzy these days.) At the time, I was preparing to direct the middle school production of “The Wizard of Oz.” The week after I had a brief casino visit.  Here’s how my visit went.

The Story

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. He hit a royal, and then it kept on being hot for over an hour!”

I stood up and left, but not  because of what he said. 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 money into that machine.  It’s due…”

The Moral of the Story

I like empty casinos. It’s quiet, with plenty of open tables & machines.  In addition, there is no unsolicited advice!

Here are the facts. There are no slot machines or video poker machines due to hit.  that does not include the separate progressive slots that can approach a positive EV.  “Slot machine harvesting” is a post for another day.

“Hot” or “Cold” machines are a human perception based on a small sampling of time and based on nothing scientific or mathematic. Remember, every bet is a single entity in time.  It’s not based on the previous action.

Related Post – Gamblers & Superstitions – If We Could Only Understand the RNG

THERE IS NO MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN!

Back to Broadway. 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!

Hearing gambling myths, hunches, feelings, and miss-guided “facts” are better kept to one’s self.  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, there is no magic.  Slots and video poker are not “due,” “tight” or “loose.” The RNG dictates everything the randomness in every push of the button.

Final Thoughts – All About Gambling Machine Jackpots – There is No Man Behind the Curtain

As much as you try to stop the reels on the bonus, or time that draw button to finish that Royal Flush, it doesn’t matter.  Yes, that’s right, it doesn’t matter. Once you push the button, whatever you see on the screen or where ever the reels stop, you have no control over it.  If you touch the screen for the fun of it then, accepting the science of the Random Number Generator, then have a great time.  But, if you don’t accept the math and prefer the myth, please don’t share your views.  Many of don’t care to hear it!

Accept the math, and not the myth, That’s the truth to gamble with!

Thank you, Toto!

Binbin

Does Friday the 13th Matter to Your Gambling?

Stevie Wonder’s composition said it best:

“When you believe in things that you don’t understand
Then you suffer
Superstition ain’t the way”

But superstition is a part of the gambler’s creed for many. Take the following popular examples:

  • Rub and talk to that slot machine to “warm it up,”
  • Don’t use $50 – they’re unlucky unlucky.
  • Never count your money while you are playing
  • Lucky charms bring luck, don’t forget them.
  • Don’t use the front entrance, based on the belief that upon entering the casino, the bad luck of people who are leaving, having supposedly lost, may rub off on you

Superstitions & luck – important to gamblers of all levels.

Blowing on the dice playing Craps is considered unlucky.

Today is April 13th – Friday the 13th!

While Western cultures have historically associated the number 12 with completeness (there are 12 days of Christmas, 12 months and zodiac signs, just to name a few examples), its successor 13 has a long history as a sign of bad luck.  Fear of the number 13 has even earned a psychological term: triskaidekaphobia.

Did you know a study in the British Medical Journal, published in 1993, concluded that there “is a significant level of traffic-related incidences on Friday the 13th as opposed to a random day, such as Friday the 6th.  Will that stop people from driving to their favorite casino? No!  In the casino, it’s just another day.

First of all, remember it’s a Friday – Payday! Singles night! A night many routinely go to their casino, whether it’s unlucky or not. Friday the 13th won’t deter most from their gambling and entertainment routines.

Secondly, how many of you have actually stayed on the 14th floor of a casino hotel (which we know is really the 13th) and had an amazing winning gambling session. That “13” didn’t really matter, did it?

Finally, try following this:  Superstitious Gamblers will not let other superstitions get in the way of their normal superstitions.  In other words, it seems we choose our beliefs with the selective memory that we gamble with – remembering good luck or bad luck as it fits us.

So drink, eat, gamble and be merry this Friday The 13th.  Just don’t stray under any ladders or pick up any stray black cats.

Binbin

 

Gamblers & Superstitions – If We Could Only Understand the RNG

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RNG = Random Number Generator

Sometimes, I have got to share my experiences – more cathartic for me than anything.  But may we all learn something while I rant…….

Last weekend I visited Mohegan Sun, played though the morning until it got was just too busy.  Here’s a few experiences that morning that need yet another mention:

1) Lady to my left playing Buffalo Stampede next to me keeps taking rewards card out of machine, then in, then out…..you get the idea.  At one point she had it out for a good 5 minutes.  I asked why.  She replied, “Whenever I take it out I get the bonus.”  To which, I said, “You realize of course that the rewards card and RNG that runs the machine are two separate systems.”  She says “Yes, I guess.  But it just feels that it makes a difference.”  ok – and I just kept playing.

Unfortunately, all the time she played without the card, she was denying herself 2X points and tier points – a hefty promo for Mohegan Sun.

2) Man to my right playing Buffalo Stampede is slapping the machine buttons like it’s a wack-o-mole game.  He’s unhappy.  I get a random bonus, but not much of a return.  He barks toward me that the machine is programmed to do that – “I’ve lost $600 already on this machine.  I would know.”  The fact is, the more interesting bells and whistles on a slot machine, the more volatile it becomes.  So, since he spoke first, I just reminded him that “it’s just a random bonus separate from the randomness of the RNG, so the machine doesn’t connect the two events on purpose.”  Unhappy with my non-emotional, scientific approach, he lost the rest of his money in the slot quickly, and left in a huff.

Moral of the story – It’s a machine! There’s nothing personal about it.  The machine has no brain, no emotional attachment to who’s playing it and no spiritual karma to rub and coerce out it.

IT”S A MACHINE!!

Enough said.

That’s all for now

Binbin