Tips instead of tricks: Is it possible to rig casino slots?

Anyone who has tried their luck at a slot machine has probably wondered if slots can be rigged too. By Robert Steininger*

Cheats on slot machines: everything you need to know about the subject

Slot machines are very popular among many players. It’s no wonder that sooner or later most players wonder if and with what tricks luck can be helped. Various machine tricks (“slot machines”) have already been tried in both a land-based casino and an online casino. These range from manipulating slot machines with key combinations to intervening in on-site machines with coins and wire. However, we want to expressly point out that any manipulation of a machine is illegal and punishable by law. However, knowing them doesn’t hurt.

Different slot machine cheat attempts

For a long time there are always players who try to manipulate stationary casino machines and make slot machine hacking instructions. In the past, the belief persisted that a wire or magnet would help trick the machine. What normally did not work in the past will also fail today as machines are now controlled with the most modern software.

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The coin trick

The coin trick was a big deal, especially in the era when brick and mortar arches were booming. From simple pieces of metal to counterfeit tokens, various currencies have been used to cheat the technology. Now there is coin recognition software that works well that avoids the problem.


Especially in the 1960s and 1970s, players liked to try to influence machines with magnets. Magnets were used to try to stop the reels once a winning combination appeared.

The thread trick

In three-reel games with a coin slot, players tried to attach a string to a coin. The coin was inserted, the game started, and the coin was removed from the machine via the thread. However, over time, coin slots have become so sophisticated that this method no longer works.

Handling with the help of the smartphone

Today, where slot machines run on modern software, it is obvious that this is exactly where you can start influencing the course of the game. With the rays of a smartphone it is theoretically possible to influence the game so that the colors are predictable. However, operators are aware of this danger and therefore prohibit the use of smartphones within the casino gaming area.

Tips instead of tricks

It quickly becomes apparent that the various tricks are illegal methods. Even exploiting software bugs is illegal and should be avoided. Instead, there are a number of methods that can really help increase your own odds in the end and therefore maximize them. Therefore, you should read the following tips carefully:

Pay attention to usage

Above all, if you play a progressive slot machine, you can only win the jackpot if your bet is high enough. See the game terms and conditions for the minimum bet for the jackpot.

Slots: Previously stationary only, now on mobile devices

Choose the right games and slots

When it comes to slot machines, there is a wide range to choose from. Choose only the slot machines where there is a higher probability of winning. Although some slot machines attract big jackpots, it is very unlikely to win them. Other machines that are equipped with many bonus features, such as wild and scatter symbols, usually do not have such a high amount of winnings, but their frequency does.

Just play within the budget

Even if you are on a losing streak and you are sure that the next spin must end in a win, it is important to never overestimate your budget. Before you start playing, set a limit on the amount of money you want to use to play. When the money runs out, stop playing, even if your bets are over. Grab or make a cup of tea, close the browser window, and if you have a dog: now would be exactly the right time to go for a walk.

Pay attention to the RTP value

The so-called “Return to Player” value indicates the payout rate of a machine. The higher this value, the more likely you are to win. The value can be found in the individual slot machine information. However, even slots with an RTP of 98 or even 99% can have a longer losing streak. Remember that a good RTP is still not a guarantee of winning.

Bottom line: Slots and their stats cannot be mocked

Slot machines don’t fall into the gambling category for nothing. The outcome of each and every turn is uncertain and both victory and defeat are possible. Modern technology and software ensure that the machines operate strictly according to the guidelines of the authorities and guidelines for fair play. These state that the results are produced according to certain algorithms that cannot be manipulated or influenced. However, if players try to change the outcome in their favor, they are acting illegally and fraudulently. However, it is possible to help your luck a little by keeping some tips in mind. In any case, however, you should always keep in mind that the main goal of the game should be to have fun and not to chase a big win.

*) Robert Steininger is an author specializing in, among other things, investment strategies and publishes regularly on specialized topics such as online investment strategies, gambling, football, crypto, and behavioral analysis.


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