Separating Fact From Myth When It Comes To Mobile Slot Games
“You must play this slot as the jackpot is definitely going to be won this weekend”, “That slot never pays out a big win”, “You have to spend £50 on a mobile slot before it’ll even consider paying out a big win…”
How often have you heard someone make a comment like this when playing slots? There are even guides available that promise you a “strategy” for winning on the slots or which promise to impart you with some great, previously unknown knowledge about the games that will suddenly turn you into a world-beating slots jackpot maniac!
Of course, in amongst all these myths and nonsense, is there something with a grain of truth? Well in this article, we attempt to take a look at some of the most common ‘truths’ stated about slots and examine whether they are in fact true, or simply a myth. And if so, we’ll explain exactly why.
A slot that hasn’t paid out big money for a while means that the jackpot should be won soon – False!
This is probably the most commonly propagated myth surrounding slots, especially progressive jackpot games. There is a belief that slots will pay out if they have not been won within a certain time frame, or if the jackpot climbs above a certain amount. The general belief is that the machine has taken enough money, so will now reward someone.
The truth is very different. Slots have no memory and operate only on a random number generator. How much money the progressive jackpot has, is irrelevant as to how likely you are to spin and win it. It could be a world record number having not been won for months and months, or the seed amount having just been won by another player. Your chances of winning on each spin are exactly the same.
It may appear a slot is due to be won due to a large progressive fund, but that is only because it appears that way to us as we seek a pattern in how the slot has performed in the past and apply that to its future performance. Yes your slot may generally pay out at around £5m or £8m, but just because it has reached £10m, doesn’t mean the jackpot is overdue.
You won’t win a big jackpot shortly after it has been won – False!
Again, primarily due to the reasons we have outlined above, the chances of you winning a progressive jackpot immediately on the spin after someone else has won it are the same as if you are spinning the reels 10 months after the last winner.
This was perfectly illustrated on the famous Mega Moolah slot back in June 2014, when the jackpot was won twice within the space of five days, yet from the first win in April 2008, it was 13 months until the second win was registered in May 2009.
A random number generator could pick two big winners in two spins, or it could be billions of spins between winners. The only patterns people see are a product of chance, rather than design.
Playing the maximum number of lines is a good idea – True!
Generally speaking, most slot fans agree that the more potentially winning lines you have per spin, the better it is. Therefore, if you have a choice of playing one payline with a £2 stake, or playing 20 Paylines with a £0.10p stake on each, it is much better and more long-term profitable to play the option with all lines covered.
This isn’t hugely surprising. If you compare a slot to fishing, then you have more chance of catching a fish if you bait 20 hooks and place them in the lake, than you have baiting one larger hook with a bigger bait.
As such, it is prudent to always play the maximum number of lines when playing a slot, even if that means smaller unit stakes on each of the paylines.
All slots are weighted in favour of the casino, so you are bound to lose – Half True!
I’m always surprised to hear this trotted out as a negative by people. Of course slots are weighted in favour of the casino! Otherwise they would run them at a loss and would be out of business in no time at all!
How much they are weighted in favour of the casino can be judged by their Return to Player (RTP) percentage. This is the amount of money, expressed as a percentage of total takings, that the casino would expect to pay back to players from the slots complete takings over a long period of time. The higher the percentage, the smaller the casinos edge is with the slot.
A slot with a 97% RTP is therefore more player friendly than one with a 92% RTP. However all slots are weighted in favour of the casino that is undeniable.
However, you are not bound to lose if you play sensibly. Sometimes a slot can pay out a nice win that will turn you a profit. If you can then quit at the right time and walk away with that money, then you’ll be up on the deal. The problem comes when people do not know how to walk away from a slot and end up slotting all their winnings back in. That’s not a failing in the slot, but moreso the player.
You won’t win a big progressive jackpot via mobile – False!
Although mobile slots gaming is still relatively new as an industry, there is absolutely no barrier to a player winning a big progressive jackpot on a mobile, despite the fact that many people feel you can’t. In truth, it has already been done, multiple times.
In May 2013, a player named Jason A won $1m New Zealand Dollars playing Mega Moolah on his mobile and just over a year later in June 2014, the first of the two big jackpot wins in five days was won by a player known only as G.M who took home $3.9m in US Dollars for his big win via mobile.
Then in April 2015, a player known as Mark A won £5.375m via the game once again playing on his mobile phone.
That’s great news for mobile phone slots fans who hope that their handset could be the key that unlocks a slots progressive jackpot fortune. So now you know the truth about slots, why not have a few spins today, someone has got to win and your spin has as much chance as anybody else’s to land the big jackpot.