First things first here. The modern mechanical slot reels are still governed by a computer. Most people know that a slot machine works on randomly generated patterns. Think about this for a minute. The casino will make between 5 and 15 cents of every dollar spent…..No matter what.. Mechanical Verses Video Slots
“Mechanical slots” are being outnumbered these days by video slots. The casino will not pay you if a machine malfunctions.
A “loose” machine in reality applies to a slot machine that is on a higher pay cycle. These aren’t “old” machines. Although this is true for both mechanical slots as well as video slots, we need to take a serious look at how “random” they really are.
Understand now that a slot needs to be programmed to pay out at least 85% of what is put into it. There is a reason that “The House Always Wins”…..State Laws.
A slot machine in a casino under state law, (all legal gambling states have laws), are required to pay out a certain percentage. If the RNG (random number generator) has lacked the percentage payout over a period of time, it may start paying higher win amounts in order to reach a percentage threshold. Most video slots give you a broader choice as far as betting. Do they exist? Not really. It’s a term often misinterpreted as a broken machine.
If slot machines were truly 100% random, the casino itself would be gambling themselves wondering if their business is going to make money or have to pay out everything and shut down. In other words both types of machines still have equal payout rules. Usually at least 85%. Remember that they have to pay a certain percentage. So is it really totally random? I think not.
The Myth about “loose” machines
People often hear about “loose” slot machines. I recommend the latter. There is not really any way to tell if a machine is on a higher payout cycle unless you watch people play and see what the machine is doing (that may creep out some people though, so be polite) Or by playing a machine and betting a few small amounts and determining the reaction of the pattern. But people still like the mechanical slots so the casinos still have many mechanical slot machines. More line options, different ways of betting and they are much more entertaining. Some casinos in Vegas I have seen advertise a 95% payout to draw people in. I like both, but I have been leaning more toward the video slots over last few years.
The mechanics of a slot machine
Winning on a slot machine first requires knowledge of how they work. Mechanical slots are not any “less smart” than the video slots