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Slots Slots - do big wins generally come back to back?

Discussion in 'Slots' started by kingslender, Jan 6, 2015.

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  1. kingslender

    kingslender Low-Roller

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    I don't play slots that often, but I have a buddy who always plays $1 slots, usually on a Triple-7 (or similar) machine. This is a guy who will feed a couple hundred into two machines next to each other and just bang away on the spin button. I have been to the casino with him maybe 4 or 5 times and he almost always hits the biggest payout (e.g. $2,500) and then within 15 minutes that same machine will hit big again for $1,000 or something. I know it's completely random and he bangs away on the spin buttons like it's a slot tournament, but it just seems weird that he hits so many big payouts, while I'll play and just run it down to zero, LOL

    Any anecdotal evidence you can offer?
     
  2. Piggylane

    Piggylane Well-Known Member

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    The math wizards here will tell you the random number generator generates random numbers and its just coincidence. Well, what explains cancer statistics? There will be clusters of extremely rare cancers in widely scattered geographic areas and no verifiable environmental or genetic cause.

    Take an example of a large square room gridded off 100 by 100 for 10,000 squares. If you dropped 10,000 ping pong balls inside each time you'd get a unique random distribution averaging one ball per square. However some squares would have no balls and some would have many.

    Random numbers tend to clump together or cluster. We see this is craps with long rolls even though every six rolls should be a seven.

    There isn't any way to predict when to be there to win, that's luck. The machine is generating thousands of combinations a second but the clusters of wins and losses exist.

    Your friend, like all slot players including me, is a net loser unless you hit a wide area progressive.

    Have fun!
     
  3. RM777

    RM777 Low-Roller

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    Thanks for the explanation!
     
  4. Snidely

    Snidely VIP Whale

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    The human brain is just not wired to understand random events. Our brains are a constant work to make sense of the world and randomness is bothersome. We always try to find some explanation for random events.
     
  5. Erich17

    Erich17 Low-Roller

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    It is funny you say that. Wife and I were sitting waiting on some friends and stuck a $20 into a Wheel of Fortune machine just to try and get a spin bonus. 2 spins in we hit $400 on a quarter machine we were really excited and decided we would still play through our $20 to see if we could get a spin....Next pull....Another $400! Do not even play slots but these came back to back.
     
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