All online slots players have read slot machine strategies in guides, heard them from friends, or even made up their own along the way.  A lot of these strategies are fantastic and will help you make money (such as Silver Oak Casino’s online slots strategies!).  However, when you make a living by researching and writing about online slot machines, you often find a lot of garbage out there as well.

Online Slot Machine Myths

To make sure you are only following strategies that help you win at the online slots, I have compiled this list of slot machine myths you should NOT listen to:

  • This slot machine just hit a jackpot, so it will not hit another one for a long time. This myth is a popular one that people are easily tricked by.  In fact, slot machines hit jackpots at completely random times.  This means that the likelihood of a slot machine hitting a jackpot on the first spin after a big win is just as likely as it hitting a jackpot 1,000 spins after a big win.  Don’t be afraid of playing a slot that has just hit a jackpot- the next one could be just around the corner!
  • Each spin of a slot machine is pre-programmed before I play, so if I pick the wrong machine, I’m doomed to lose. All slot machine use something called a random number generator (RNG) to decide what the machine will pay out on each spin.  The RNG is constantly changing, meaning the payout of the next spin is constantly changing as well.  At the moment the player hits SPIN, the machine decides the payout.  In other words, the payout of each spin is not determined before the player sits down at all.  Every machine is a potential winner!
  • Clicking on the handle of the online slot machine will give me a different outcome than using the SPIN button. The SPIN button and the handle on the slot machine will produce the same result, regardless of which one you use.  If using one over the other feels better or luckier, by all means go for it!

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Online Slots Myths Final Thoughts

What other myths have you come across?  Share the craziest ones you’ve heard in the comment section below!

Jeff White

Jeff has been an active gambler from the age of 18 when he won a small local poker tournament in San Jose, CA. He moved on to playing other casino games shortly thereafter, with a great interest in the statistics and mathematics involved. He has studied the historical gambling systems of nearly every popular casino game played today, and has written strategy books for several of them including blackjack, slot machines, craps, and roulette. Jeff has been a daily contributor to the Silver Oak Casino blog since the beginning of 2009.