“Slot Machines are the worst gamble at a casino”

There are plenty worse gambles in the casino. Take a stroll down to the keno lounge or wheel of fortune, make some of the high percentages bets at craps, make bonehead plays at blackjack, bet a parlay at the sports book. An average slot machine pays better than roulette.

Next time a friend tells you how bad your odds are at the slots, hear a little more about what they play and bets they make. You may be getting the better end of the bargain.

“Pulling the handle a certain way will make you a winner”

I love superstitious and superstitious slot players. It’s even more fun than watching baseball players jumping over lines, but not quite as fun as watching the third base coach through the symbols.

Whether or not you pull the handle slowly, quickly, gently, or roughly will not alter your probability of winning. Pushing the “spin reel” button as opposed to pulling the handle won’t change you luck either. You either win or lose depending upon how the luck goes, and the little twirls and shuffles you might do to get the winner going won’t make a difference, not mathematically, not in reality.
This doesn’t mean we’re not at all little superstitious and will try every move to get the machines to cooperate. What I mean is, don’t catch me with my own moves at the machines, I may get embarrassed. If I think standing on one leg is bringing me winners, I may be hopping like a bird. The reality however, is that the machine can’t see, feel or sense me hopping, and if it did, it might not understand what I was doing anyway. If it could, the slots gods would be having a good laugh.
You can hang on to the handle, and flip over the end, kiss the machine, shower it with cupcakes, whisper “cool beans” in its ear, or stare it down like a demon. No matter what, the odds will be the odd.

Slot machine managers know when certain machines are due to pay out”

If a slots manager knew a machine was about to spit out the sweet land of milk and honey, believe me, you wouldn’t be the one playing the machine. You’d be watching his or her mother, spouse, or other family member camped out at that machine.