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Frequency and Payback of Slot Machine

Frequency and Payback are the two terms that are associated with slot machines that are sometimes confused by many players.

The overall percentage that a machine will give back to the player in the long run is Payback. The payback percentage may be anywhere from 75% to 99%. These are programmed into the machines computer chip which is set by the manufacturer to what the casino wants to use for that machine. Machines with higher paybacks are referred to as loose machine while the ones with small paybacks are usually called tight machines.

Some machines that are not paying out are sometimes referred to as cold machines. Many slot players say that the payback for these machines is terrible. What they are really talking about is the frequency of these machines.

The percentage of spins that will return something to the player is called Frequency. A machine with high frequency may have winning combinations show up in every four or five spins while a machine with low hit frequency may only show up one winning combinations on an average of ten spins.

Some of the machines with high frequency may not be getting your money back when you win. These are the new multiple line machines that require more coins. If you play 6 lines that need one coin each then you need 6 coins in all but the winning combination for that only pays you back two or three coins. The smaller wins do not give a high payback even though the machine has a high frequency.

The exact payback for any given machine is not possible to determine because this is programmed into the machine. However, you can get to measure the frequency of the machine by looking at the pay table. A machine which gives larger paybacks usually has a few combinations and has a low hit frequency. A machine with lower payback has a lot of winning combinations, then it has a high hit frequency.

It is easy to get the general idea by just looking at the pay table. It is really up to you on what machine you want to play on. Anything can happen in the short run although payback percentages are set to return over the long run.

It all boils down to luck.

Anything can happen, you can be lucky on lower frequency machines or you might be lucky with high frequency machines. Just pick the one that will give you the most fun. Slot machines are just for entertainment not profit.

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