If there could be doctorates written about this subject there would be hundreds of them. If you are a frequent visitor to casinos in big cities, Niagara, Las Vegas or other tourist destinations, you are sure to spot many aficionados of some common slot gambling superstitions.
If you take a stroll through any Las Vegas casino, you’re likely to notice some repeating factors. For example, there is the nice lady who needs to play every other slot machine by the North wall of the casino, and eyes you suspiciously if she sees you approaching, in fear you’re going to try to take her spot. Then there are the regulars, who pick a machine and play it for days while at a casino resort or hotel. No matter what time of the day or night you visit the casino floor, there they are. We all know them. They believe the more they play that particular game the more chances they have at winning real money. This is mostly superstition, but is it really?
Let’s explore some common gambling and slot machine beliefs, both online and offline, and see if they hold any water.
What's an RNG?
First, let’s talk about how you actually win at slots. An RNG is a Random Number Generator. This generator in all slot games ensures that the numbers are random, and can’t be “counted” like cards in Blackjack or any other game where the player gets an advantage. Slots are supposed to be completely unaffected by the player, and every spin is supposed to get the same chance at winning.
When you play at an online casino, you can be sure there’s an RNG system behind every slot game, because certified and accredited casinos get checked for this, and so do game developers. This is the case whether you’re in Las Vegas or playing at home. Online gaming authorities take this very seriously. So – does the time of play matter when dealing with RNG?
So here is the trick! When you look at the math – the more people play a game, the less of a chance you have at winning. Let’s say there are 100 people playing and your chance to win is 1/100. If more people join the game, your chance slides down to 1/1000. We have heard this example many times – but in our gut, we feel that if we were the only person playing the game we still would have a chance at not winning! It does illustrate the point of your chances of being bigger during slow times in the casino.
The truth of the matter is, no matter what time of day you play, your chances are the same and the casino simply can’t adjust the RNG depending on how many people are playing at the moment.
They would simply lose their licence. The positive news is that if there are more people playing, the progressive jackpots have a great chance of getting larger and larger. This way, if you win the progressive jackpot, you’ll end up with a bigger prize – same chances, but a bigger reward. In short- there is no best time to play, in Las Vegas or any other place.
Lucky Strikes, Good Fortune and Urban Legends
What are some other gambling superstitions? There are different ones all over the world, whether you’re in Las Vegas, Niagara or Beijing. here is a fun list of what to look out for:
- Red – this is a popular Asian tradition – red is a lucky colour. In particular, it is very lucky for gamblers and for gambling. Next time you play slot machines either in a brick-and-mortar casino or online, test your good fortune with slot machines that feature the colour red in their theme and design! Do you feel lucky?
- Scratch that – is your hand itching? People from the Balkan region of Europe believe that if you gamble with an itchy palm, or if your hand starts itching you are losing your luck! Maybe skip that slot machine if your hands are itchy? Or maybe this is a good time to check if you have any allergies? In Serbia, there is a belief that if your left hand itches than it IS lucky after all. So if your left hand itches, time to throw in some real money into the game, no?
- Lucky numbers – we know you have them! Your lucky numbers might dictate the right time to play – maybe at a certain hour? The best slot machine to pick from a long row of machines? How many times to press “spin” before raising your bet? Most gamblers and non-gamblers have lucky numbers whether they play slots, cards or dice. In your head, lucky numbers might give you better chances of winning, or things just going your way. Just take a look at the lucky 7s. They’re everywhere, although most gamblers will tell you that they might be a bit overdone.
- Front door – a lot of people believe that walking through the front door of a casino is bad luck! This might Check out in Las Vegas, but when you play slots at online casinos, you can ignore this particular superstition all together! Maybe walking through no doors at all gives you a better chance of winning?
- Wash your hands – this is a sure way to change your luck, at card tables or machine games. No matter the time of day, you can go and wash your hands to wash the bad luck away. Of course, if your luck is good you shouldn’t wash your hands – which is a bad thing to recommend to anyone playing slots in public. Maybe reserve that superstition for when you play slots online, in the safety of your home where you don’t have to deal with anyone’s germs!