Casino Conspiracy Theory, Are Saturday Nights Rigged?

No, this isn’t about Trump complaining about Saturday Night Live 🙂 Last night I had a great time at our local casino with some friends and family, however one experience on a machine has me putting on my tin foil hat and wondering if there is a casino conspiracy!

quick hit wild blue slot machine

While playing a Wild Blue quick hit machine, I noticed a few odd things. First, I noticed a significant delay when attempting to stop the reels by touching the screen. After touching a reel, it would take approximate half a second for it to actually stop, making this technique virtually useless. Now many machines have this delay, however I have played this machine quite often and never noticed it before.

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Second, the large respin button was not lit up and not functioning. As a result it was not possible to manually stop all of the reels at once, again nullifying a way to win at penny slots. I also noticed, that every respin button in that block of machines was also not functioning.

Now there could be many legitimate reasons why this was happening. First, maybe there was always a delay when trying to stop the reels by touching the screen, and maybe there was actually a technical problem with the spin buttons.

But what if….this were done intentionally as a way to prevent big wins in a single night? Saturday night has to be the busiest night of the week for the casino, with a ton of casual players. While the house always wins, there could be the potential for an increased amount of jackpots due to the higher number of average players, and stands to reason they may take steps to limit the wins. If this was the case, than it also stands to reason that stopping reels mid-spin is an effective strategy for winning.

Another possibility, could be that the increased number of people slowed down the system, which resulted in the delay when trying to stop the reels by touching the screen. Each machine lets you enter a membership card that gives you points based on how you want to play, so they all have to be connected to a central system. With almost every machine in play, that system could just be slower on busy nights.

Perhaps also I’ve just been watching too much X-Files and am seeing conspiracies everywhere.

Either way, I’ll be going to the casino during the day this week and I’ll report back with my findings.

The Truth Is Out There

UPDATE
slot respin buttonWell well well, look what rebet button is working again on Monday during the daytime. Now there was still a delay when I attempted to stop the reels from touching the screen, so perhaps there has always been a delay, but it does seem fairly suspicious that the spin/rebet button was deactivated on Saturday night, and working fine on Monday. Perhaps this is just a coincidence, or perhaps it was deliberate. I’ll keep an eye on this and see if there is a noticeable pattern.

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