Questions enquiring slot players want to know

2014-06-12T02:00:00Z 2014-06-12T11:37:05Z Questions enquiring slot players want to knowJohn G. Brokopp
June 12, 2014 2:00 am  • 

Is it possible for computer programs to control the speed of each reel on a slot machine?

Slot and video poker machines have many play characteristics and settings. Among them is the speed at which cards are dealt or the reels spin. On many video poker games, there is a touch screen function that allows guests to select the speed at which they feel comfortable playing. When such a function is unavailable, as it is on most slots, the properties are set internally.

Players will encounter traditional spinning reel slots on which decisions are reached faster than others. This characteristic has no impact whatsoever on the payback percentage of the game. The same outcome would occur had the reels spun slower.

What faster play does affect, however, is a player's bankroll. The faster you play, the more money you bet. The more money you wager within a given time frame means your bankroll becomes more vulnerable to the relentless "hold" percentage of the machine.

Does using a player’s card affect the performance of a slot machine?

Having your player's club card inserted in the machine wields no influence on the performance of the game, how much you win or lose, or whether or not you hit a jackpot.

The card reader does not communicate with the game itself but rather with a database operated and managed by the property's marketing division.

Statistics on how often you visit, what games you play, how much you typically wager, what denomination you play, and how long you stay are tabulated to create a player profile upon which direct mail offers and communications are based.

Using a card can only help you derive more value from your casino outings, especially by earning points for your play that can be redeemed for cash or comps.

There is no doubt player's clubs are self-serving for the casinos, but there is a give-and-take component that makes them beneficial to guests as well.

How do you determine the payout for video poker machines?

The individual payback percentages of traditional spinning reel and video slots are proprietary information, but video poker machines are a different ball game.

The payback percentages of video poker machines are based on a mathematical formula using information from the game's pay table, which is in clear public view.

The standard way to determine a video poker game's payback percentage is to make a calculation based on the number of coins paid back for each one wagered for a full house and a flush.

For example, a Double-Double Bonus game that pays nine-coins-to-one for a full house and five-coins-to-one for a flush is a "9/5" game that pays 97.87 percent.

The best source for finding video poker game payback percentages is Click "improve your skills" and then click "pay tables" in the box that opens. You'll find the percentages for every game and every available pay table.

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