A: There you sit, popping coin after coin into the one-armed bandit, coming up empty every time. But hey, look on the bright side – if the slot machine hasn’t paid off all day, this just means it’s due for a big pay-off, right!? Wrong. You’re a victim of what math professors call the “gambler’s fallacy.” And while it’s possible that some mechanical slot machines way back when, may have responded to continuous play, today’s computer chip-driven slots have no “memory” of previous plays. This means that every pull is a brand new game. Slot makers even claim their machines could pay off 19 times in a row, or zero times over the course of a few years.
Oh, and while we’re on the subject, a “95% average payback” doesn’t mean everyone who puts in $100 gets $95 back. Clear your head and think about this for a sec: a player who puts in $10 and wins $100 has a 900% payback. This means that a lot of other players need to have a very small, or no, payback just to keep the percentage down at 95. There’s a reason the house always wins!Powered by Sidelines