It’s the most popular myth category. Probably because it’s not completely absurd and has at least some reasonable justification. Gamblers often believe that the slots have a higher chance of winning at certain times of day, for example, early in the morning, on public holidays or weekends. Another misconception is that the level of payments is determined by the location of the slot machine in the gambling house hall. As a result of thorough research, leaders in this category have been identified:
It is much easier to break the progressive jackpot on weekends than on weekdays.
Slot machines pay a lot of money during periods of quietness.
Slot machines that are in a busy traffic zone (entry/exit) have higher and higher payout levels.
The same slot machines in different gambling establishments have a different level of payments.
This list can continue indefinitely, but we believe you have understood the essence. So, to avoid problems, it is worth summing up – all of the above has nothing to do with reality. All slot machines have a built-in random number generator (RNG), which ensures that no spin is dependent on external factors – location, time or anything else that can be invented by the human brain. The chances of winning are always the same and depend solely on mathematical puzzles, which determine the randomness.
This is the whole point of the mystery of the so-called hot and cold cycles of slot machines. If you are unfamiliar with these terms, the “hot” is called the luck strip, and “cold” – a series of losses. Such a swing – absolutely normal phenomenon, and there is nothing wrong with paying attention to them. And yet, to believe that certain slot games are based on the “cold” or “hot” principle in the question of the current winning/loss losing streak is a myth and a potential error. The reason for such irrational behavior is incredibly simple and lies deep in our brain. People are excellent at detecting circuits even in places where they do not exist. The hot hand phenomenon is the easiest way to describe how our brains circle us. In short, it’s perfectly normal to experience a series of winnings or losses, and to believe that they are not random. However, it’s worth remembering, if we’re talking about slots, there’s nothing else but chance in them!
Jackpots are like a magnet, they attract myths. They are so rare and so desirable that players often come up with different concepts to justify their lack.
The number one myth in this category is that the slot that recently paid the jackpot is not likely to repeat the same thing anytime soon. The quick answer to this assumption is this: The HSG is 100% unpredictable, and trying to calculate and identify the principle of unpredictability will only lead to false expectations.
Jackpot myth number 2 can be called the “observer myth”. It was he who formed the basis for one of the most popular episodes of the series “Friends”. The myth is based on the belief that if you start playing the slot machine, which the previous player had a series of losses, your chances of breaking the jackpot is incredibly great. The person who leaves after a losing streak feels frustrated that the jackpot has literally slipped out of his fingers. It’s dramatic, isn’t it? It feels as if someone else will be content with the fruits of your hard work. But it’s nothing more than an illusion. The software that provides a random outcome works even when the slot machine is not in use, generating millions of possible results even during a change of players. That’s why a winning spin is nothing more than a matter of luck, there are no guarantees or schemes, no matter how desperate you try to calculate them.