Spot crooked slots!
What, do I have this right?!? Are some casinos actually ripping
the players off?!? NO! Who would stand for such an outrage!
Oh, well none of us I'm sure, if we could prove it. In slots
it seems a far stretch to say you're being ripped off. Guess
what, you're too trusting. True, crooked machines may not
be much of a worry in these modern times, but they are still
out there, and you still have to be aware of your surroundings.
The term one-armed bandit didn't come from no-where; it came
from the crooked underbelly that ran the money movements in
old Nevada. Originally, many machines had twenty symbols per
reel, with only ten possible symbols capable of landing on
the line. Many instances in days gone by would have you staring
at your losing line, while a winning line lies just above
the pay, making the player go OHH that was close. But the
fact of the matter was, the winning symbols just above the
pay line had zero chance of ever landing on the line. The
trickery is that many more winning combinations appeared above
or below the pay line than normal. A machine may have three
bars on each wheel, which would normally mean a three bar
jackpot combo could be attained in 27 ways. Throw in the idea
that two of the three bars on each wheel can never stop on
the win line, all of a sudden there is only one way the player
can line up three bars on the pay line, and eight ways the
fake bars can show near-hit combos above or below the pay
Some nefarious casino operators didn't like
to give the player even one chance to hit the jackpot three
bar combo, so they came up with 'the bug'. The bug is a small
flat half circle of iron about an inch long, which looks a
little like an insect. Screwed into a cog (which controls one
of the three bars), when the wheels stop and the bugged bar
was about to hit the pay line, the brake runs into the bug
and prevents it from slipping into the opening of the cog.
As such the bar comes to rest just above or below the pay
line, if the third reel is bugged this can be an awfully anxious
moment, as you very nearly hit the jackpot. So if you're playing
a machine that has a habit of slipping down or jumping up
past the pay line after the wheels have come to a stop, its
definitely an indicator that you're playing a bugged machine.
So this isn't all too likely at an online
casino you say? Alright, I'll give you that, I just wanted
to impress upon you the previous existence of such villainous
behavior, so that you wont be too trusting in the future.
Like for instance, find out first if anyone's ever been paid
at the casino you're about to sign up at? Yup, that's right,
I'm blastin' you with logic again.
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