I like both, but I have been leaning more toward the video slots over last few years.
A slot machine in a casino under state law, (all legal gambling states have laws), are required to pay out a certain percentage. First things first here. The casino will make between 5 and 15 cents of every dollar spent…..No matter what.
The mechanics of a slot machine
Winning on a slot machine first requires knowledge of how they work. Remember that they have to pay a certain percentage.
The Myth about “loose” machines
People often hear about “loose” slot machines. The casino will not pay you if a machine malfunctions.
Mechanical Verses Video Slots
“Mechanical slots” are being outnumbered these days by video slots. I recommend the latter. Most people know that a slot machine works on randomly generated patterns. There is not really any way to tell if a machine is on a higher payout cycle unless you watch people play and see what the machine is doing (that may creep out some people though, so be polite) Or by playing a machine and betting a few small amounts and determining the reaction of the pattern. It’s a term often misinterpreted as a broken machine.
If slot machines were truly 100% random, the casino itself would be gambling themselves wondering if their business is going to make money or have to pay out everything and shut down. More line options, different ways of betting and they are much more entertaining. But people still like the mechanical slots so the casinos still have many mechanical slot machines. So is it really totally random? I think not.
A “loose” machine in reality applies to a slot machine that is on a higher pay cycle. Usually at least 85%. Although this is true for both mechanical slots as well as video slots, we need to take a serious look at how “random” they really are.
Understand now that a slot needs to be programmed to pay out at least 85% of what is put into it. The modern mechanical slot reels are still governed by a computer. Some casinos in Vegas I have seen advertise a 95% payout to draw people in. There is a reason that “The House Always Wins”…..State Laws.. If the RNG (random number generator) has lacked the percentage payout over a period of time, it may start paying higher win amounts in order to reach a percentage threshold. Mechanical slots are not any “less smart” than the video slots. Do they exist? Not really. Most video slots give you a broader choice as far as betting. In other words both types of machines still have equal payout rules. Think about this for a minute. These aren’t “old” machines