Reddit is the sacred repository of all knowledge on the Interwebs. Dubbed as the “front page of the Internet,” this is the place where you can find cute cat pictures, controversial rants, and one-on-one discussions with President Obama all stored in just one website.
Aside from supplying its users with their daily dose of funny links, the site also hosts “Ask Me Anything” sessions wherein users are invited to ask questions to celebrities and people with interesting experiences.
In the past couple of years, there were a number of slot machine-related AMAs from “professional” players, technicians, and developers that shed some light into the hidden nooks and crannies of this popular casino fixture. Let’s see what we can glean from these slots sages.
From “Professional” Slots Players
Users Slots_Are_Easy and zacha made waves when they claimed that they are able to make a living just by merely playing slots alone. While zacha managed to keep up the gig for about five months (his “lucky” machines were removed from their usual spots in his local casino) Slots_Are_Easy played as a “professional” for most of his life.
So, how did he do it? Here are some of the salient points in Slots_Are_Easy’s AMA session:
1. He only plays machines that have equity in one way or another- these may be machines that have bet multipliers, bonus rounds, free games, and progressive jackpots.
2. There are “beatable” machines (i.e. machines with a positive expected value). Slots_Are_Easy listed down a number of the machines which he consider to be “beatable”; the list includes Rock Around the Clock, Ultimate x Poker, Rescue Spins, Alice in Wonderland, Ring Em’ Ups, Green Stamps, and Quick Strike. He also notes that it is “possible to have a positive expected value playing slots if you play variable slots in very high states.”
3. He treats his slots-playing like a job, putting in at least 30 to 60 hours of playtime at casinos every week.
4. He does math and computes statistics in his head when hunting for “beatable” machines.
*Do take note that Slots_Are_Easy’s comments haven’t been verified yet. If you want to take his advice, do so at your own risk.
From a Slots Software Developer
As a software developer for online slots companies, schizoidlarry is involved in the development of backend systems and the main software that is used to run most machines. These are some of the key takeaways from his AMA session:
1. The slots industry is very heavily regulated. The source code for slots is reviewed and regulated by at least three accrediting agencies, while casinos are compelled to provide the play logs of a machine at a moment’s notice if a regulatory agent requires it.
2. There is a significant amount of effort put into making sure that the figures generated for the RNG, are in fact, random.
3. Tampering with the software can get you into serious trouble. The one guy who did it way back in the 90’s, Ronald Dale Harris, is now in the jail for his deeds.