Can You Tell When A Slot Machine Will Hit?
Recently updated on February 8th, 2022
Slot players enjoy winning, and one way to win is to choose the right slot machine to play. They have this belief that certain slot machines are hotter than others, and that machines that haven’t paid out in a long time are due to payout soon.
But, what is a “hot” machine and can you tell when a slot machine will hit? Believers of this theory say that casino staff are good people to ask about the machines because they work there and they know which machines have paid out in the past. They also believe that in some instances there are outward signs visible on the machine itself that could indicate how far or close the machine is to paying out.
Is It Possible to Know When A Machine is Due?
After much deliberation, all answers point to the fact that theories on hot or cold machines are misguided and that you shouldn’t fall for it. Not what you wanted to hear, is it? Sadly, its impossible to tell when a machine will hit because the game was designed to produce random results. The results produced by a slot machine is computerised using a random number generator (RNG). RNGs are made to randomly select outcomes, so there’s no telling what the next result will be.
Many players make the mistake of believing that the machines past results may be an indication of what future results will look like. There’s a theory for this, it’s called Gamblers Fallacy. But, this theory has been proven untrue because it suggests that you can predict future results when in fact you can’t.
How Random Number Generators Work
Random number generators is software programs that produce hundreds of sets of numbers per second. This happens constantly, even when nobody is playing. The generation of new numbers every second is what makes it impossible to guess what will come next.
When you click the spin button on any given machine, the RNG will take a snapshot of the numbers generated that second and translate those results onto the screen or reels. This happens every time the spin button is pushed.
Signs That A Slot Machine is About to Hit
We’ve already established that it’s impossible to tell when a slot machine will hit. But, just for the fun of it, we looked at some of the possibilities.
- Hot and Cold Machines: A hot machine is one expected to hit soon, while a cold machine is less likely to hit. Many believe that machines that have hit in the past, get hotter and hotter with every loss. Players believe that it will eventually hit again.
- High Limit Machines: High limit machines have higher betting limits so you will need to deposit a lot more money to play this kind of game. But, you will also win more if you get so lucky. High limit slots are therefore the better pick.
- Timing Machines: This tip applies mostly to land-based machines. They say that while playing, you should always be on the lookout for machines that seemingly get a lot of attention. This is an indication that the machine is hot, and may produce a jackpot soon. Make sure you are the next person to play that particular slot and take your chances.