Mechanical slots are not any “less smart” than the video slots.

. I like both, but I have been leaning more toward the video slots over last few years.

The Myth about “loose” machines

People often hear about “loose” slot machines. In other words both types of machines still have equal payout rules. There is a reason that “The House Always Wins”…..State Laws.

A “loose” machine in reality applies to a slot machine that is on a higher pay cycle. Most people know that a slot machine works on randomly generated patterns. The casino will not pay you if a machine malfunctions.

A slot machine in a casino under state law, (all legal gambling states have laws), are required to pay out a certain percentage. Understand now that a slot needs to be programmed to pay out at least 85% of what is put into it. Think about this for a minute. I recommend the latter. These aren’t “old” machines. Do they exist? Not really. More line options, different ways of betting and they are much more entertaining. 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. Usually at least 85%. It’s a term often misinterpreted as a broken machine. But people still like the mechanical slots so the casinos still have many mechanical slot machines. 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. 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.

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. The modern mechanical slot reels are still governed by a computer. First things first here. Remember that they have to pay a certain percentage. Some casinos in Vegas I have seen advertise a 95% payout to draw people in. So is it really totally random? I think not.

Mechanical Verses Video Slots

“Mechanical slots” are being outnumbered these days by video slots. Most video slots give you a broader choice as far as betting. 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