Myth: So close... I almost won!
In Reality: Pay out symbols appearing just above or below a pay line only means one thing - you lost. All those "near wins" give players the feeling of getting close to the jackpot. Don't be fooled. You're no closer.
Myth: I can win. I have a system. Players remember a time when they won and try to reproduce those exact conditions again.
In Reality: The truth is - there is nothing a player can do that will influence the outcome.
The results on VLTs and slots are determined by a computer chip called a Random Number Generator (RNG). The RNG ensures that results are random and impossible to predict. The next spin has absolutely nothing to do with the previous spin. Every spin gives a player the exact same chance of winning or more often losing.
Myth: The machine is due.
In Reality: No machine is ever hot or due to win. To ensure that no player has an advantage, all machines are programmed to be random with winning results impossible to predict. Machines that have not paid out are no more likely to pay out than a machine that has just had a winning spin. Every spin gives you the exact same chance of winning, or more often losing.
Myth: When I win my money back, then I'll quit
In Reality: Trying to win back money you've lost is a sign of a problem. Set limits on how much you want to spend. Consider your losses as the cost of a night out. Remember, the more you spend, the more you'll lose.
Myth: Poker is a game of skill, and I’m good at it.
In Reality: Oh sure, there are some elements of skill, but don't be fooled into thinking your skill can outweigh chance. With millions of possible hands, the luck of the draw is most often the deciding factor.
Myth: Payout can be changed with the flick of a switch
In Reality: In Saskatchewan there is no truth that gaming operators regularly change payouts or that they determine when a jackpot will be won. Winning and losing results are random – 100 per cent of the time. All machines make money over time, some more than others. The difference in how much a machine earns depends mostly on the type of game and how popular it is and not on the payout percentage.
Myth: I am helpless against these machines
In Reality: There are problem gambling counsellors in every health region - free of charge.
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