Are Brand New Slots Less Volatile At First?

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We’ve covered the question of whether new slots have a honeymoon period in the past. A player asks about new slots from a different direction:

I have a question I’m not sure if you have answered before. Do you feel when a game first comes out they lower the volatility of a game then once it’s on the floor for a while they up it?

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No, a slot’s volatility isn’t something that differs over the lifetime of the slot.

Volatility is not a setting that casinos can control – it’s an innate part of a game’s design from the get go. Whether a game is lower or higher volatility is part of what makes a game feel like that game.

As a result, casinos can’t control the volatility of a game – they can only control the payout. Casinos can opt to not offer a game if it’s too volatile (which can also mean the pays can get too extreme). But changing the volatility would change how a game feels. 

Imagine you’re playing a game that used to pay small amounts a lot, and suddenly it only paid big amounts occasionally. It’s basically a different slot at that point, and would just serve to chase away players who had loved it in the past. That’s not ideal for casinos that want to see games continue to get played for awhile to make their investment of bringing that game in worth it.

But there’s plenty of players who remember getting a lot of action the first time they played a slot, only for that amazing run to not repeat itself, and wonder if something’s changed. That tends to leave out the many players who give a new game a couple of goes, and then put it down for awhile because it just didn’t like them.

For Brian Christopher, at one point that game was Coin Combo. He avoided it for awhile because he had bad luck. When he finally came back around, it was thanks to a Grand Jackpot Progressive he won on the game.

So no, volatility doesn’t change based on whether a game’s new to floor – volatility is purely based on how a game is designed from the outset.

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