How do slots machines work?

The same way luck dictates what cards you are dealt in poker, Random Number Generators on both online slot games and machines will decide what symbols appear on each row and column. The RNG is operated by an algorithm that makes slot combinations unpredictable and random.

So how do I improve my odds?

As mentioned earlier the best way to improve your odds of winning is to choose the right game. Different games use different algorithms, and some RNGs are programmed to pay out more frequently or in higher amounts.

Finding this information is easier than you think; all you need to look at a game’s hit frequency and return to player rate.

Hit Frequency (HF)

Hit frequency refers to how often a machine’s RNG gives out a winning combination. Usually expressed in a percentage of spins, and while games with higher hit frequencies pay you out more often they usually have lower winning amounts on their pay tables.

This is precisely why you also need to look at the return to player rate to get a complete overview of your odds of winning a slot machine or online slot game.

Return to Player Rate (RTP)

Return to player rates (RTP) are also expressed in a percentage, but this percentage shows the average amount of money returned to players versus what was put in.

For example, the hit online progressive slot game Mega Moolah has an RTP of 88.12%. Out of all the money players have put into the game, 88.12% was returned. Simply put, the higher the RTP, the higher your chances are at leaving the casino with more than you came in with.