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Slot player keeps cashing out in an effort to 'trick' a slot machine

Jul 1, 2008 7:01 PM

Cluster Keno by L. J. Zahm | Last weekend I was reading an article about a slot player who kept cashing out and re-inserting the payout voucher in an effort to "trick" the machine into thinking he was a new player.

The author of the article said the player was a computer expert and knew how the machines worked. The player explained that when new money was inserted, the machineís EPROM (erasable programmable read-only memory) chip would "think" a new player was starting, and thus would have a better chance of winning.

Obviously, the tactic is similar to my "re-setting" the video keno machine by cashing out and starting again.

When the author of the article posed the theory to the experts at International Game Technology (IGT), hereís what spokesman Rick Sorensen had to say:

"The player offering that advice is mistaken as to how the game performs. It never tries to guess whether there is a new player on the terminal," Sorensen said. "The game only knows if there is enough money to place a bet, how to play the game once that money has been used to wager on the game, and then how to award the player for any win."

Rob Bone, vice president of marketing for WMS, another leading slot manufacturer, agreed.

"Sorry, but this goes into the same bin as all the other rituals that players go through," he said. "Players love to believe that they are beating the system and have ways to enhance their winning opportunities. First and foremost, while all games have a relative cycle that plays out over time, each individual spin is a completely random event."

I thought the article was interesting food for thought. But I wish the author of the article spent more time quizzing the player as to what kind of success, he enjoyed, if any, by constantly cashing out and starting again.

You can be assured that no representative of a major slot manufacturer would substantiate such a claim.

Moreover, if you look closely at the comments from the cited "experts" in the field, they intimate that machines operate on a "cycle," which is based, in part, on how much money is inserted into the machine.

For myself, I stand by my contention that the practice, for whatever reason, seems to work.

Most recently, Iíve used the re-setting function frequently, especially when the video keno machine seems to enter a "down cycle," in which every game defies the laws of probability by missing every number Iíve marked.

More often than not, by re-setting frequently when that occurs, the machine "rights" itself and begins to find my patterns.

In addition, the best jackpots almost invariably occur within two or three games of re-setting the machine.

This might be, as the expert says, a "ritual" of hapless players like myself, but if it works, at least to some degree, Iím not about to change.

Good luck to any and all who can win with any type of ritual!