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How do you know if a slot is loose or due to hit?


Hazel Wyatt

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Again, you can’t tell if a slot machine is due to hit. The reason is the same as before: each spin has a random outcome.

As for slots being loose, one of the biggest promoters of the gambler’s fallacy is hot and cold streaks. That’s because, even though there is no correlation between the results, hot and cold streaks do occur. These streaks don’t happen on purpose. They happen by chance. But players are often influenced by slots that have recently paid out.

These “hot” slots are sometimes said to be loose and this can influence the player’s decision to play them. Perhaps confusingly, other advice suggests that you should avoid playing “hot” slots that have just paid out. The idea here is that they’ve emptied their kitty which now needs to be built back up again, so it won’t pay out. In reality, the odds of the outcome of the next spin remain the same in both situations.

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