Can You “Reset” a Slot Machine Like You’re a New Player?

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Cash out button on an Aristocrat machine

Some players wonder if their bad luck means they just need to start again. Here’s an example:

Does taking your credits down to zero or cashing out your credits before putting money back in resets the game like it’s a new player?


Machines don’t reset in this fashion, so no, it doesn’t do anything.

The machine doesn’t care who’s sitting in front of it. In fact, the slot itself knows nothing about who’s in front of them. The machine doesn’t care if you have had 12 losing spins in a row or two jackpot handpays, back to back.

Even if you use a players card, the players card system is a separate computer, installed in the slot, and so the slot has no knowledge, and doesn’t do anything differently regardless of who’s sitting in front of them.

Slots don’t work on cycles, and they don’t work on sessions. Any outcome is possible on the next spin regardless of what happened on previous spins. Hot or cold sessions are only descriptions of what have happened and aren’t going to impact what can or will happen.

So cashing out money or zeroing out the balance before putting more money in may change the timing of when you hit the spin button next, but nothing else.

Changing the timing is a strategy you can employ, but the thing to remember is you don’t know if you made the next spin better or worse. You only know the outcome you received, not the outcome you didn’t get, so in the end it’s not something to really worry about.

So there’s no need to worry about cashing out money, starting over, or doing anything of that sort to try to reset the machine, as the machine doesn’t need any resetting at all.

However, one little strategy: If you are winning, and have built up a ticket, it’s not the worst idea to cash out the ticket and put in fresh cash. In that way you are protecting the ticket, and if you run out of cash you have to make another decision to put more in. It’s a great way to ensure you’re pacing yourself.

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