The following news story may come as something of a surprise to many of you out there, however a recent study by Anthony Lucas, who is described as a UNLV Hospitality College professor has revealed that when playing slot machines, most players cannot detect whether the slots that they have chosen to play come with a low or high pay-out percentage.
Obviously, many casinos, much more so those based online or that are accessible via a mobile app, will publish the long term expected pay-out percentages of every single slot machine they have on offer somewhere on their website or on the pay tables of their slots.
However, that is not the case when playing in most land-based casinos, for it is often a very closely guarded secret as to just how high or low the paybacks on offer on a range of their slots have been set at.
His study was based on two slot machines in a land based casinos over in Australia, one of which had a much higher payback that the other, in fact the RTP of the lower paying slot was around half of that of the other slot machine, and over a set time period the incomes generated and the movement of people from those two slot machines were monitored.
That report will of course be music to the ears of all casino operators, who are always eager to earn as much income from their slot machines as is possible, and the easiest way to achieve that is to set their slots with low long term expected pay-out percentages.
But I for one do feel I have something of a sixth sense in being able to tell whether a slot is a higher paying one or not, and that is a skill you possibly feel you have too, for the number of winning spins you achieve when playing and the frequency of the bonus games triggering is often an indication for players as to whether a slot is one that does boast a high RTP or not.