Having played slots for over 30 years now, both in the real world and online, one of the most annoying aspects of the industry for me, is when you read someone has come up with an ‘infallible slots strategy.”
Usually these claims are littered with ‘evidence’ of their big wins and how they have ‘guaranteed’ a win by following the aforementioned strategy. More worryingly, there is often a little pledge that they will let you in on the secret too, if you are willing to pay of course.
While the vast majority of slots players and casino gamers are well aware that these claims are pure nonsense, a small percentage of people are taken in. Often these people are those that are most vulnerable or easily led and that is what makes these claims all the more reprehensible.
So, in this article, I am going to explain clearly why there is no such thing as a slots strategy that will guarantee you a win.
Why Won’t Slot Strategies Work?
The main reason why slot strategies cannot and do not work is simply that a slot game is a random chance event. Every spin of an online slot machine is governed by a key piece of software called a Random Number Generator (RNG).
Once you enter any degree of randomness into an event, then strategizing for that event becomes impossible because anything can happen. The way a slot is designed means that you cannot guarantee a win at any time because of this huge degree of random variation.
For example, you can play a slot one day for 100 spins and hit a win on 10% of the spins and lose 50% of the money you spend. However, you can return to the same slot the next day, play for 100%, hit a win on 20% of those spins and win double your money. You cannot develop an effective strategy for a game that plays that way. The outcomes are purely down to chance.
A strategy implies that a player has an element of control over the outcome of an event. In terms of a slots spin, you do not have any control in what the outcome of the spin is. You are at the whims of chance as to the outcome of the RNG whirring into action to see if you come up with a win or not.
Don’t Be Blinded By Statistics And Waffle
One common trick these confidence tricksters use is to try and blind people with science and numbers. They will say that they have tested their strategy over millions of spins and its proved to work. They may use long, elaborate (and sometimes, even invented) scientific terms to explain why their strategy will see you land that elusive big slots win.
But here again, there is a clear lack of logic and this is apparent when you think of this in terms of another popular gambling game, such as a state lottery game.
For example, if you were to play the Powerball lottery, your chances of winning the jackpot are 292,201,338/1. So, if you wanted to guarantee yourself a win, you would have to buy 292,201, 338 different tickets at $2 a ticket to cover every possible outcome.
And even then, if you win, you may well have to share the prize with another winner. Add your tax bill after that and you quickly see that even an ‘infallible’ way to win doesn’t work in reality.
You can use a mathematical rational to claim something ‘works’ but in practicality but the numbers required are so high as to make them unworkable in the real world. You cannot play the required number of spins on a slot, or buy enough lottery tickets, to make the mathematical ‘facts’ work for you.
Plus remember too, on a slot game, you could play for 1 million or 10 million spins and still not hit a jackpot. Or you could hit a jackpot twice in the space of 10 spins. There is no strategy that can deal with this level of randomness in a game.
This is perfectly demonstrated by one popular progressive jackpot slot game which has seen over a year between winners, but which has also paid out the two progressive jackpot prizes to two different players on the same day.
Forget Slots Strategies And Enjoy The Games
So, if you take one thing away from this article let it me this, slots strategies don’t work and cannot work due to the very random nature of slot games. You can’t ‘beat’ a slot with strategy, only good fortune.
However, you can enjoy your time playing the games and if you do, then that is a positive. Enjoy slots for what they are and you will find that your enjoyment of them will increase.