Dispelling Popular Slot Machine Myths

Slot machines are among America's favorite casino games and one of the most widely recognized symbols of gambling in our culture. Despite their popularity, most people know very little about the machines themselves. Test your slot knowledge with the True/False questions below that will help dispel popular slot machine myths.

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  1. If a slot machine hasn't paid out for awhile, it's due for a win.
  2. A slot machine can tell the difference between maximum and minimum bets.
  3. Players can determine a machine’s odds by counting the symbols on each reel.

  4. Using a player's club card will increase the chance of winning a jackpot.
  5. After hitting a jackpot, a player should move to a new slot machine. The machine currently in play is not likely to hit again.


  1. False. Slot machines operate randomly at all times - no matter how many wins or losses have occurred in the past. A machine that has not paid out for a while has no greater chance of paying out in the future.
  2. False. The number of coins played – or the amount of a wager – does not affect the outcome of a game it only affects how much a player may win or lose.
  3. False. Because multiple numbers generated by the RNG (random number generator) can correspond to the same symbol on a reel, there are many more number combinations possible than are visible to the eye. Even though there may be only 15 symbols on a reel, there can be thousands of virtual stops.
  4. False. The RNG that determines the outcome of each play is not linked to the player's club card reader. The RNG cannot tell whether a card is inserted or not, so the outcome of the game is not affected.
  5. False. The odds of winning another jackpot on the next play are the same as they were before hitting the jackpot. There is no such thing as a "hot" or "cold" slot machine.

*Facts and figures taken from the American Gaming Association's Guide to Understanding Slot Machines