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You won't get the shaft if you toss a good hand16 June 2000
Additionally, all reel slot machines lock
up when awards are higher than $1,200. Not because the casino wants to
avoid payment and give you a blooper award instead, but because it's an
IRS regulation. Uncle Sam wants his piece of the win as well.
It depends on the type of slot machine that you are playing, Millie. For a pull-handle slot machine, yes, it must be programmed to return "at least" 83%. But for a game of skill, like video poker, the return must be 2% higher. Why the additional 2%? Because characteristically recreational players never bother to include skill in video poker, resulting in mistakes, creating 2-4% lower paybacks. If a video poker machine was programmed to return just 83% and had a non Deal Me In reader playing it, the return would be less than 83%. Hence, games of skill need to return a higher percentage.
It is very simple to tell the difference between an excellent Deuces Wild pay table and an inferior one. Simply look at what you are paid for four-of-a-kind with one coin inserted. If the machine returns 5 coins, you are on a full-pay machine. By playing perfect basic strategy, your return can be 100.76%. If the video machine returns just 4 coins, your yield will be considerably lower — 94.34%. It makes sense, Jeff, to always shop for value and play a premium pay table.
But also note, Jeff, theoretically, the machine is preprogrammed to return $100.76 for every hundred dollars inserted if you implore "optimum play"-that is, play every hand perfectly. Plus, "theoretically" means over the long haul, not each and every time your posterior is sitting in front of the machine.
Yes, to a point, Jenny, that statement is
correct. The Indian casinos of Michigan are not required by law to
release information on their slot machine percentage paybacks. But,
according to the Michigan Racing Commission, which is responsible for
regulating the tribes' slot machines, the casinos must meet the same
standards for machines as in New Jersey or Nevada. In New Jersey the
minimum return is 83%; Nevada it's 75%. Thus, Michigan Indian casinos
must return at least 75% in order to comply with the law.
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