Technological advances have marked a before and after in many scenarios of the modern world. From devices to intercommunication and online platforms, the computations are a creation that cannot be ignored; and its virtues for science, telecommunications and even games of chance are evident in the environment that surrounds human beings.

About gambling; or failing that, casino, they have expanded creating betting machines or perfecting those they already have. The most famous, universal and definitely loved by the players, is the slot machine.

The casinos also appreciate them in their inventory for the same reason that the players love them: it is a fixed money device. So much so, that 70% of the profits that go into their facilities are due to the income left by the pokies.

Currently, they are recognized at a distance by their colors, lights, themes, and characteristic sounds. Those less versed in the history of these machines could come to believe that the gambling halls discovered them in the second half of the 20th century, but the truth is that they go back to the 19th century, when they were mechanically based on coils.

Today, the entire system that arms this system has changed. The pokies have inside a complex microchip and a microcomputer that generates random numbers -or computations-. This, by inertia, remains so even when there is no one playing.

The job of these random numbers is to define the result that appears on the reels. That is to say, the icons that appear before the players are not more than the consequence of the movement of the computations. All this, of course, occurs when the “start” button is pressed or the lever that some of them have.

Due to this computerized system, some people have the firm conviction that the slots, if they are studied, can be controlled so that they favor their probabilities. This is completely false. In fact, to learn to play them, the first thing to do is demystify them.

In the first place, one of the most common gossip online pokies is based on the belief that the machine is always about to release the prize. The same gamblers insist that, after several shots, he will release the winnings.

In this regard, it must be strongly denied. A slot machine is “never ready”. It can take hours for the calculations to line up and release the prizes in the same way that you can get a good payout in the early rounds.

This is the myth that most pursues the pokies, but not the only one. Some insist that when one player stops betting, the next one will get the prize; and other nonsense that involves the casino and its internal conspiracies to make them lose a lot of money.

That the casino is always looking for the advantage is not undeniable. However, stopping at these trivialities prevents seeing the reality of the slots: it is a game that turns according to the odds.

Theoretically, it becomes cumbersome to explain, but in practice it is simple. For example, if a machine has 5 symbols separated by a blank space, it means that there are 15 possible combinations. Taken to the computations, there would be 3 chances of 3 to achieve.

If three gems must be aligned on a reel, they will appear in different positions. It may be that the purple is on the far right, and the others on the middle and the left side; as well as that purple may occupy the central place and the rest the extremes.

Actually, looking at it from the graphics point of view, it’s simple; but it is the combinations of the computations that decide what is reflected on the reels, hence the uncertain results and the entirely random nature of the slots.

With boats, there is no more prosperous scenario. In fact, in a conventional machine, the odds of hitting a jackpot are 1 in 27000. This is because the generator is alternating numbers like crazy all the time, but not necessarily while the player is in a round.

This phenomenon of the game, which makes jackpots so impossible, is also reflected in the relationship between payment and frequency. That is the reason why there are “loose slots” – that is, they give money more assiduously. However, the amounts are usually very small, and the reimbursements are not very sustainable; being inconvenient, in the long run, for the players.