Slots Machines Random Number Generator

By: Slots Hawkins

The slot machine is perhaps the most popular casino games around. Slots is definitely one of the permanent fixtures of any casino. It has also found its way into online casinos, which enabled it to reach more players.

However, many people are still curious how casino slots work. Many also want to know how they can it goes so that they can find ways to get an edge in the game. As it turns out. It is relatively easy to understand how the game actually runs.

In order to get to know how electronic slots work, you need to first understand how the basic slot machines run. Basically all slot machines have three to five reels which have symbols in them. All reels have the same symbols and what you need to do is to line up certain symbols to get a prize. In older slot machines, the reels are controlled mechanically, which means you only need to look up the possible combinations of all the symbols to gauge your chances of winning.

However, while the reels and symbols are still present in the modern electronic slot machine, the method of its operation is quite different. The electronic slots, as is with its online counterpart, is run using an program called a random number generator or RNG. The RNG is already preprogrammed in the machines circuit.

The RNG is basically a program that creates various number combinations during every turn and randomly selects a number sequence as the winning combination. It uses an algorithm to determine the combinations. The program then again randomly select which reel display to attach the combination. This means that the reels that you see on screen are purely for aesthetic purposes and will not show you the actual number combination. Also, the program can attach the winning number to several reel combinations, which makes it even less likely to determine the winning combination from the reels alone.

Perhaps one of the most frequent misconceptions about the electronic slots is that, since it is run by a computer program, it runs through a cycle and will repeat a particular pattern. This is often the basis of so called slot machine tips that require you to play until a pattern appears. Truth is, it does run on a cycle, but probably not in the course of a casino session. You see, the RNG is programmed to calculate up to four billion number combinations every spin. This means that you will probably need more than a hundred years of continuous play in order to go through all of them. Also, the program reorganizes the different combinations randomly each time, so any pattern wouldnt become apparent. The “cycle” that can bee seen is the use of the reel symbols, which resets when all the possible symbol combinations are used up. However, the amount of possible combinations are so high that you wont be able to get a pattern.

In the end, it seems that you wont be able to beat the electronic slot machine. Rather, you will have to settle for strategies that would make good use of your bets and not rely on trying to guess the winning combinations.

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