7 Myths About Slot Machine Strategy

There are a lot of myths circulating about how to win the jackpot on a slot machine. At Golden Acorn Casino, we’ve pretty much heard them all. Unfortunately, many people take these misconceptions to heart and end up disappointed when they don’t win.

At Golden Acorn, we’re big believers that visiting the casino should be a fun experience, not one that leaves you feeling defeated. Before we attempt to dispel the myths about slot machine strategy, it’s important to understand how slot machines actually work.

Slot machines have a chip inside of them that runs a Random Number Generator (RNG). The RNG constantly cycles through numbers even when no one is playing on the machine. When you hit the spin button or pull the lever, the RNG picks the combination at that given nanosecond and displays that same series of numbers behind the payline.

Why are we telling you this? Understanding how rapidly the RNG cycles through number combinations helps us to dispel our first, and what’s probably the most frustrating, myth about slot machine strategy.


Myth #1: Someone won the jackpot on a slot machine you just walked away from. If you had stayed and played a few more spins, you would’ve won instead.

False. Like we said before, the RNG is constantly cycling through numbers. Even if you had stayed at that slot machine, it’s unlikely you would have hit the spin button or pulled the lever at the exact nanosecond to display the winning combination of numbers.


Myth #2: Some times of day are better for winning than others.

False. Casinos aren’t able to reprogram payout percentages that quickly or easily. Anything you’ve heard about certain days of the week being better than others or that payouts improve when there’s a convention in town are also untrue.


Myth #3: Using your casino club card decreases your chances of winning.

False. A slot machine can’t change its RNG based on whether you insert a club card. In fact, using your Player’s Gold Club at Golden Acorn can actually help you. The more you play, the faster your points rack up. And more points means more Free Play.


Myth #4: The length of time since the last jackpot affects your chances of winning.

False. Like we explained in Myth #1, every spin is a separate event, and stopping the RNG at the precise nanosecond to win is independent of all the outcomes prior to it. Some people think a slot machine gets hot or cold, but this simply isn’t true.


Myth #5: You can determine the odds of winning by counting the symbols on each wheel.

False. There can be hundreds of stops on each wheel even though you only see a few symbols. And, in order for a spin to win, the winning symbols must align directly behind the payline. Therefore, the number of stops on each wheel determines the odds of winning, not the number of symbols.


Myth #6: The location of the slot machine in the casino affects your chances of winning.

False. It’s said that the loosest slot machines are located on the aisles because they’ll attract more players. This may have been the case at one time, but modern slot machines are definitely not programmed this way.


Myth #7: You can’t improve your chances of winning.

False. While the aforementioned myths about slot machine strategy won’t affect your chances of winning, the type of slot machine you play potentially can. Some slots offer better odds than others, such as a game with a fixed jackpot versus a progressive one.
Slot machines can be a lot of fun, but heeding the myths listed above can take away from your enjoyment at the casino. Next time you visit Golden Acorn, forget the rumors you’ve heard about slot machine strategy and just have a good time. You never know when you’ll hit the big one!

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