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7 Smart Questions to Ask When Gambling

How do you choose which slot machine to play?

Choose the machine that provides the most fun for you, but don’t make the mistake of thinking you can choose which one is a winner. That’s because a winning pull can only be determined by the random number generator (RNG), a device inside slot machines producing thousands of numbers every second, each with an equal chance of being picked to determine whether you win or lose. Once you spin, the machine selects one of the randomly generated numbers, and you get your result.

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What game has the best odds at a casino?

It’s not an easy answer – the odds depend on a lot of factors: for slots it depends on the machine; for Blackjack it depends on the version of play your casino uses; for other table games it depends on how you’ve placed your bet, all in addition to other factors. That said, slot machines have lower odds of winning on average when compared to Blackjack and other table games. But no matter how “good” the odds seem, they’ll always favour the house in the long run.

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Do you buy more tickets when the jackpot is higher? Does it help your odds?

Technically, you can increase your chances of winning with each different ticket purchased, but each ticket’s odds remain the same – for example the odds of winning can be as low as 1 in 14 million for Lotto 6/49. Put it this way: even if you bought 14 million tickets, you’d need for the jackpot to pay out more than that and you’d need to ensure that there are no other winners – all just to break even.

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If a store advertises that they sold a winning lottery ticket, how likely is it they will sell another?

Just as likely as before it sold a winning ticket. It might feel like your store has better or worse chances based on the last draw, but each draw is independent and has no effect on the next one. Plus, no one can predict which lottery numbers will be winners and which stores will sell them, because we don’t send specific tickets to specific locations.

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How should you pick your lottery numbers?

Any way you like. Some people choose their birthday, some pick at random, and many play the exact same numbers every week. Pick your numbers in the way that’s most fun for you, but remember that there is no combination that is more likely to hit the jackpot.

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Does sitting at a full or empty table affect your game?

The number of players won’t affect the odds of any given hand, but it’s possible to lower your overall cost of playing by sitting at a full table. The more players at a table, the longer each round will likely take, and the less you’ll potentially spend per hour. But spending less per hour doesn’t protect you from losing, especially when the longer you play the more money you are likely to lose.

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Is there really such thing as a hot slot machine?

Nope. What appears to be a “hot streak” is just a random occurrence of back-to-back wins. The odds never change while you are playing a machine, and each spin is completely independent of the ones before and after it. This means that no one can predict whether the next spin will be a winner or loser.

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