Slot machines are one of the most popular and potentially most damaging forms of gambling in the world. There are approximately 22,000 slot machines in Ontario, and the Ontario Gaming Authority has also announced expansion plans that will significantly increase the number of slot machines.
When talking about gambling problems, our attention is often focused on the gamblers. However, more importantly, the game itself can also lead to various gambling problems. Taking slot machines as an example, the ultra-fast game speed and the design of the promotion artifact often mislead the player’s perception of the slot machine and create a lot of problems. It would be helpful for slot machine players to understand the risks posed by these designs.
Problems with slot machine design:
1. Chances of winning
The odds of winning in slot machines are usually not very good. Casinos make money because they keep a percentage of their stakes. The rest of the bet that is not deducted will be lost to the player at random odds. Slot machine odds are based on thousands and millions of spins, which means that the outcome of each game cannot be predicted or calculated, and it is not uncommon for a player to win big from a certain slot machine today. Indicates what will happen on a given day in the same casino.
Slot machines are profitable because their built-in programs only allow players to win part of the winnings. And the slot machine is designed and tested to make sure it doesn’t lose money. Ontario slot machines are designed to pay out 85% or more of the total payout, which means that casinos can earn up to 15% of the payout from each slot machine. However, not all slot machines are set to the same percentages, the same game, as long as the version design is different, their built-in payback percentages range from 85% to 98%. But since these different versions of slot machines all look the same, there is no way for players to know the payout percentage for an individual slot machine. Although the odds of winning or losing in general gambling games can be calculated, only slot machines do not provide the required information for players to know
2. Game speed (referred to as play speed)
Slots are usually played faster than other games, so people who like it will lose faster. Slot machines offer a continuous bet where players can place bets as many as 600 to 1,200 times an hour.
3. Weight Reel
Most gamblers are unaware that the reels of a slot machine have weight, so small winning symbols appear more often than big winning symbols. Casinos cannot use dice with uneven weights or stack many cards on top of each other, but weighted reels are common in slot machines and most players don’t understand it. If you are interested in learning more, please click to watch the video:、Slot machine must win strategy、Slot machine must win strategy analysis
4. Uneven reels
Uneven reels are when some reels have fewer jackpot symbols than others. In this case, the chance of two jackpot symbols appearing at the same time is much higher than that of three jackpot symbols appearing at the same time. In this case, it is easy for players to have the illusion of “I almost won”.
When the reels are spinning at high speed, players seem to see all the symbols, thinking they have the same chance of appearing, which is not the case, because they have no idea that one of the reels is missing a winning symbol.
5. Fake wins
A fake win is when a player wins less than their stake. Even though players are still losing money overall, slot machines treat these moments as wins and play music to create the atmosphere, so players can easily have the illusion of winning. To know more, click here to watch the video:
6. Nearly Win
A “near win” is when the jackpot symbol appears above or below the win line, making it appear as though a win is only close. Most players really believe they are close to winning. The truth is, to lose is to lose. The appearance of symbols above and below the win line does not mean that you will win the jackpot anytime soon.
However, research has shown that “near-win” gives players an incentive to keep betting because they feel “will win soon.” In Ontario, casinos can legally program slot machines so that “near-win” scenarios occur 12 times more often than naturally.
The “stop button” gives the player the illusion of control, when in fact the button has no effect on the outcome. The moment the reels start spinning, the result has been determined and the game is over. That is, the moment the player presses the button, the winner or loser is a foregone conclusion, it’s just that the reels spin for five to six seconds before the result is displayed. For more information, please click the video below:
8. “Substitute Points” versus “Currency”
The moment a player puts money into a slot machine, the currency is automatically converted into surrogate points, and when players focus on how many points they have left, they often forget how much they actually bet. This can cause players to “overspend”. Players need to convert their Proxy Points into currency to know how much they actually spent. In Ontario, many slot machines display the total number of bets, however, the position and size of these cards are difficult to see.
9. Small Wins
When playing slot machines, players may encounter frequent “small wins”. These “small wins” are not enough to cover the total amount lost, and the winnings are usually re-bet back into the game, let’s say a player starts out with a hundred dollars but ends up betting more than a hundred dollars because they The money from the “small win” will continue to bet. Like “false wins” that give players the illusion that they are doing better than they actually are. By the same token, players who experience “small wins” are prone to hallucinations, betting that continuing to gamble will result in them hitting the jackpot. But in fact, continuing to play usually makes them lose more. Ordinary people stop betting after hitting the jackpot. On the contrary, “small wins” encourage players to continue to gamble.
10. Encourage max bets
Did you know that you can bet three dollars per game on a “One Cent” slot machine? This is because in “multi-line” games, players can choose to bet on more than one “line” at the same time. Typically, the slot machines themselves encourage players to make “multi-line investments” as shown in the image below: