We have all been there – those of us who play Video Poker and Slots. You’re playing along, things are going well, and then it happens……the machine pause for a moment! What does it mean? Was I winning too much? Did someone in the “Office Upstairs” turn on that switch that changes winning into losing?
Well, you know what it means? NOTHING! At least it isn’t a reaction to ant success you’ve had previously.
Yes, we think it might have stopped our winning momentum, or the rhythmic luck we had our mojo in, but nope – it doesn’t have a clue how much you were winning or how your mojo was – it’s a machine and it doesn’t have the consciousness or emotion to care!
So, what DOES IT MEAN? Well, certain machines – especially certain generations of Video Poker machine manufactured by IGT – pause every so often to do it’s accounting. In other words, the counting of hands played, coin in & coin out, for example, are kept in short term memory. On the IGT VP machines, for example, every 100 hands, it is downloaded into long-term memory, much like your computer does at times. The more games and denominations on a single terminal, the longer it may take – a single game with a single denomination would be barely noticed.
Of course we, as human beings, may notice it happen when we are winning, and shortly after we start losing. “They must have known I was winning!!!!” you might yell. But, seriously, nothing could be farther from the truth.
That’s all for now.