After a long losing streak, many players wonder whether the Slot machine may have been manipulated. The fact is that the operators of the online casinos or the slot machine operators can and may control the payouts of winnings. This means that wins can occur irregularly and in different amounts. It is only prescribed that a certain percentage of the revenue must be distributed again to the players in the form of wins. Nevertheless, it can of course never be 100% excluded that certain Slot machines are manipulated. However, it is important to note that not only the gambling providers, but also the players themselves can theoretically manipulate the machines.
Manipulation by online casinos and slot machine operators
Players should always become skeptical if they do not win anything at all over a longer period of time or always get the same result displayed. In the case of land-based casinos, guests can also pay attention to the condition of the machine and check whether it has an undamaged and valid seal.
Of course, in online casinos and online gaming arcades, it is not easy to detect manipulations. For this reason, attention should be paid to a valid gambling license as well as certified random number generators.
Manipulations by players
Even many a gambling fan is not without creativity when it comes to manipulating slot machines. In the past, for example, the so-called "yo-yo cheat" was very popular. This involves throwing a coin, which is on a string, into the slot machine. After the coin has been detected, the Player pulls out the string and can insert the same coin again. In the meantime, however, this manipulation no longer works, as the mechanical sensors have been replaced by electronic devices.
Among the other tricks of many a gambler was the use of false or ground coins. The older slot machines determined the value of a coin primarily by its shape and weight. If another coin of the same weight but with a lower value was inserted, the slot machine could be manipulated to that effect.
Another popular trick in the past was the use of a magnet. However, this only worked on older machines where the reels rotated mechanically. If the cheating player held a strong magnet in front of the reels at the right time, then a popular winning combination could be achieved.