The fact that a software program is behind the current generation of slots has generated more than a little suspicion amongst some people that the games are somehow “fixed” to act against the players. This shows a profound misunderstanding about both how they work and the scrutiny that the sites find themselves under.
Fear not! Goldie the Platypus is here to give you all the essential information on how a slot game ticks.
How are Slot Machines Programmed
The slot machine has a long and successful history. First invented in California late in the 19th century by a young electrical engineer called Charles Fey, some 130 years later, the style of slot might be completely different but the basic principle stays the same.
Today, both in land and online casinos, every aspect of the slot machine functioning is generated and controlled by software. The software uses a random number generator (RNG) that determines the symbols displayed on the reels at the end of the spin. Ok, now you know how it works.
The important thing to remember is that the results are truly random. The game doesn’t work on any kind of cyclical basis. It’s not something you can predict, any more than you can predict with any degree of certainty what the next card will be when dealing a deck of cards. So, it’s actually pretty simple.
If you believe that casinos are able to flout the RNG component of slot machine games, think again. Every online casino that operates within the strict regulatory code of gambling authorities has no option but to comply with independent testing standards (TST), random number generator fairness and the rules of authorities like the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), Gibraltar, the UK Gambling Commission, the New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement and other regulatory authorities around the world.
The fact that the action of the games is controlled by software means that slots developer can also program in a factor called Return to Player, or RTP for short.
This is a figure which is expressed as a percentage and which expresses the proportion of the money wagered on a particular game that will be paid back in prize money.
The usual RTP of a slots machine tends to range from between 75% to around 96% but some exceptional games can pay back around 99%. The economics behind this are pretty straightforward – casinos can afford to be more generous when the stakes are higher as the edge that they will be making will also be proportionately higher.
How to Win in an Online Slot
It's a bit of a tricky to answer mate. There isn't a method you can use to win an online slot. As we've already mentioned, all the spins you have in a game are entirely randomized. This doesn't mean there aren't ways to help increase your chances of landing a win, but there is no way of changing the way in which the spins are generated. Some people think there are ways to boost their chances of winning, but it doesn’t work like that guys.
One of the biggest attractions of a slot is its bonus features. This is essentially what separates games from one another. Themes and visuals are beautiful, but they have no effect on the slot's actual gameplay. This is where bonuses come in. Things like free spins, multipliers or additional wilds can have a massive impact on your payout if you’re fortunate.
At Golden Reels, we regularly have promotions and offers on, including a welcome offer for new members. Yes, it’s true, this doesn’t increase your chances while you’re playing, but it does give you more spins to play, which potentially means more wins.
So, hopefully, this has given you some insight about some specific points of online slots games.
Hm, we have been talking about them for so long, it’s time to go and to play some!
See ya Later!