Gambling has been known in almost every society throughout history and there are many accounts of games of chance being played as entertainment, with the first official account being given by Chinese records in 2300 BC.  Little has changed over history when it comes to members of the public looking for entertainment, so gambling has persisted as a means of meeting people, having fun and winning money.

During the Middle Ages this form of entertainment became so popular that King Henry VIII of England reportedly banned his soldiers from gambling as they were said to have been spending more time on this than practising marksmanship and completing drills!

Since then there have been various attempts across the globe to ban certain types of gambling as a result of concern over social and moral issues and a desire to implement social reform.  This desire continues today and legislation in recent history is still being debated regarding the world of online betting.

In 1994 the Antigua-Barbuda Government passed the Free Trade and Processing Zone Act, allowing online casinos and sports book to operate under license.  Today this is still one of the most popular jurisdictions for licensing of new ventures.  During this year one of the first and largest software developers, Microgaming, was founded and continues to supply software for many of the major internet betting operations.

In the United States of America the Senate passed the Internet Gambling Enforcement Act 2006 (H.R. 4411), which prevents financial institutions from processing any transaction with an online betting operator, causing major revenue loss to some of the big players in the business, e.g. Partygaming and 888.com.

In 2007 the British Parliament signs off on the Gambling Act after a report demonstrates that despite the advent of increased betting opportunities the number of those participating in betting has not increased.  Internet betting sites are now seen advertised on television as a result of this legislation.

In 2008 Germany renews a ban on outside gambling operators, including internet firms, and many online betting companies show higher than expected profits

Free Slot Games History

Slot Machines

Slot machines run on a random numeric generation system. This means that the numbers are picked at random and then matched to icons on the reels.

Each spin is random and it’s just pure luck whether you win or not. Every game in a casino works from the same principle, the end result of all games is completely random and the odds will always be slightly towards the casinos favor.

Gaming regulations say that the slot game software has to be completely random and that is why there is never anything that is fixed about the games. The testing procedures must never produce any reoccurring patterns of gaming elements in order to pass successfully.

When you think about it, it has probably been a long time since you hit a jackpot as it’s all completely random. You could wait ages and then get two wins together.

When you play a three reel game then 3 RND numbers will be picked, and each one of them will correspond to a stop on the line. The machine will then direct the spinning reels to stop randomly. It works in the same way for 5 random numbers and 5 row video slot games.

By the time that the reels have spun, then the game is almost over as the RNG (random number generator) has already generated the stops and it only continues to spin to add to the player’s experience.

How stops are determined

Usually there are 35 – 50 stops each reel. How it works is that there is a slot which uses something called the virtual reel which has anything from sixty-four to two-hundred and fifty-six slots. These are then mapped to twenty-two stops located on the reel.

If you took a look inside the slot machine then you would see the icons across thirty-three stops. Even the blanks count as a stop. You would probably be thinking that because there are eleven blanks that you would have a fifty percent opportunity to hit and a one in twenty-two chance of getting the jackpot. But of course, it does not always work like that! You are playing with a reel that is invisible and it is determined by the software. The software will randomly pick any number from one to one-hundred and twenty-eight.

Some of the symbols are likely to be chosen more than others, it just works that way, and it’s completely random. So when you think of it, you don’t really have a one in twenty-two chance of getting the jackpot as the odds are actually two in one-hundred and twenty-eight.

When the computer software selects a blank then it will pick a specific blank. The same principle goes for cherries and other bars. To give you an idea of what we are talking about then I will show you below:

You’ve got a two in one-hundred-twenty-eight opportunity of landing that cherry also an eight in one-hundred-twenty-seven chance of getting a ‘stop’ 5, which is Red 7. You will also notice that the blanks that surround the jackpot icon 20 and 22 are weighted. This is because they are likely to be selected more, which results in a ‘near miss’ effect. This means that you may think that you nearly got the jackpot icon but really it is just an illusion. You probably weren’t even close!

I have only talked about one reel here as well and most of the games typically have around three reels! When you think about it, how often have you got a Jackpot and then maybe another win or even another big Jackpot and then zip? Usually after the first couple of hits you will be holding your breath wondering if you will get the third reel, but really the odds can be a bit poor.

Hitting the Mega Jackpot

So now you have some idea of how the weighting works on the reels. So what really are the legitimate odds of getting the jackpot you might ask? Well if we assume that we have three reels to work on, then the odds of landing that jackpot icon on one reel is probably 2/128 and the odds of getting the jackpot on three of the reels, is in all probability 262,144. So you can see how much the odds are stacked against you winning. This means that if you gamed for eight hours each day, then in around 41 days you would probably hit the jackpot.

How to calculate the payback

Now we can try to work out how much of a payback you could get. Obviously you can’t play forever, but the more time that you play then the closer you will get to a return. Remember that the small payouts do account for most of the rewards. So if it was a 96.3% machine, then if you played it indefinitely, then you could eventually get a return of 96.3% for every $1 you poured into it.

The RNG never sleeps, so even if you are not playing, then the moment that you pull the lever or press the button, the RNG will still pick its three numbers. Also remember that if someone should hit a jackpot on the slot game where you were just gaming on, you can relax, because you really wouldn’t have got it if you had still been playing on it, as you would have pressed the Bet Max or Spin Button (or pulled the lever) at slightly different moments that they hit it. It’s all down to the timing! Every delayed second would produce different results. The amount of randomly generated numbers on a cycle is absolutely huge, so having the random number generator decide the numbers every time eliminates all possibility on predicting the outcome. When you think of it, there is no clear way to predict a win, as it’s randomly chosen every time, even if it doesn’t seem like it is.