Land Based Casino Myths
Added on June 19, 2014, in Gambling Articles by Gambling Gurus
Debunking A Few Misconceptions Related to Land Based Casino Myths
We often hear whispers and rumors of Land Based Casino Myths such as Casinos selecting winners and tracking us to ensure that we do not win. This article aims to debunk a few myths associated with these false interpretations or misconceptions.
Every Land Based Casino is for the most part, basically just like any other. Of course there are a few exceptions to this rule of thumb. From Vegas Casino Resorts to Australia to England and back to Macau; Land Based Casinos are dependent on major gaming manufacturers to provide them with their games.
Games providers such as Bally, Konami, SED Gaming, Aristocrat, IGT and Aruze (previously Universal) to name a few are kept busy in these locations as well as many others.
Casino operations purchase these games and through contractual agreement with the supplier, are permitted to put them onto the Gaming Floor. There is really nothing to hide when it comes to Land Based Casino operations. They are some of the most transparent and well regulated outfits that you may ever come across. From the millions spent in Surveillance, to the licensing and Bid commitments to their respective gaming regulators, you can be assured you are NOT playing at a fly by night Casino.
The online casino industry in retrospect with its many ‘Rogue Casinos’ and unethical practices are sometimes being lumped into the same quarters as the brick and mortar casinos. Brick and Mortar casinos are really independent products that operate in highly regulated environments and should be disassociated from the run of the mill Online Casino.
Don’t take that the wrong way though as there are many online casinos listed here at Gambling Gurus that are in fact very safe to play at and will pay your winnings in a timely manner. I’m sure that a few readers will have heard stories and rumors relating to Gambling at both Brick and Mortar casinos as well as online casinos. Let’s take a look of some of the common misconceptions and myths that are related to land based casino myths.
Land Based Casino Myths:
“I am being tracked by the Casino and I no longer use my Loyalty Card”
Loyalty/Rewards Cards are just that – Loyalty. In order for Casinos to be able to track your play and reward you accordingly, they need to know what you are wagering and spending. By not playing with your card, you are not giving them a fair opportunity to evaluate your loyalty level play and the rewards that are intended for you. Each Gaming machine is independent of the next and operates on its own chipset.
A gaming machine is thus not able to communicate to another saying that you have just won. Statistics such as your bet size and duration of play are being sent by the machine to a loyalty database. Your start and end balances are also what is communicated to the central player database. In a nutshell, you’re putting yourself at a huge disadvantage and possibly losing out on a lot of cool perks by playing without a loyalty card in your name. So toss those land based casino myths out.
Land Based Casino Myths:
“Casinos are watching us on camera and are able to press a button and select winners”
When exploring some land based casino myths you’ll quickly discover that Casinos spend more on Surveillance than any other industry. The reality is that the Surveillance divisions are actually monitoring the gaming areas for undesirable patrons, cheating on games and security threats. Surveillance operators are by no means able to select winners. If this actually was the Case, only certain individuals would be winning. The Surveillance system is actually used to monitor staff and patrons for collusion in defrauding the company.
Surveillance operators also ensure that payouts on table games such as roulette and blackjack are correct. In the event of an overpayment being detected, the operator will inform the Tables Pit Boss of the mistake in order to recover the money. It does not only work one way either – Underpayments to the respective patrons are also reported and honored.
Land Based Casino Myths:
“If a machine is ‘Hot’, then it’s about to pay!”
Just like your TV screen and Computer, Slots machines are just that – Electronic equipment. Electronic equipment runs on electricity and will, like your TV or Computer eventually heat up. The ‘Heat’ of a machine is thus not indicative of a pending hit or positive increase in the machines cycle. Every machine is independent of the next and works on its own EPROM (Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory).
The EPROM contains the machines cycle and is thus excluded from any outside interference. In essence, if any particular payout (including the jackpot) is about to be selected by the RNG (Random Number Generator) and you are lucky enough to be playing at that time, you will then be the lucky one to reap the rewards.
Another example of these kinds of land based casino myths is that some casino customers will state that “a machine is Hot”, meaning that it is hitting well at the moment. Don’t be misguided by these types of land based casino myths because they are just that, Myths. The machines are just as likely to hit good or bad on any given spin.
(Old) Land Based Casino Myths:
“If I put my coins in the refrigerator and cool them before I go to the Casino, I will win”
I don’t know where this one began but it is a seriously funny myth and old wise tale. If 10 people all put their coins in the refrigerator and then visit the Casino, the probability that any of them has a good run is exactly the same as if they had not stuck their coins in the fridge. All it basically means is that there are 10 people who have a misconception about how Slots work. Why would any one of them actually have a good run?
It all comes down to being in the right place at the right time. In order to clarify this, let me explain how the coin slots work if you can even still find one. Most new slot machines have only a bill/ticket acceptor and validator nowadays.
Older slot machines were fitted with a Coin Comparator. The comparators primary function is/was to check the size and weight of the coin inserted in order to determine if it will be accepted or rejected. If accepted, the machine will credit the relevant amount. If rejected, it will drop the coin back out into the coin tray.
By putting your coins in the fridge, you actually encourage moisture build up on the coins and this may result in the comparator malfunctioning or short circuiting. Remember, Slot machines are entirely electronic and just like your TV or PC will not be happy if moisture gets into their circuits. The coin comparator and temperature of the coins have absolutely no relevant influence whatsoever over the outcome of the game.
It’s important that we’re able to differentiate between misconceptions and reality. By debunking some of these myths, we’re hoping that your gaming experience will be a more pleasurable one.