Do Casino Employees Know Which Slots Are Due to Hit?

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We often see comments about slot techs and other casino employees and the advice players have received from them. How much do they really know?

Do casino employees (like those who pay you your handpay jackpot) know if a machine is about ready to hit a payout/jackpot?

Toby M.

They don’t know anything more than the rest of us do when it comes to timing. Imagine if they did have insider knowledge – the chances for that to be abused by employees to the disadvantage of the casino would be massive.

In the past few months since we’ve launched, we’ve addressed other aspects of both advice and fears about employees on the casino floor having some impact on the outcome. These include:

Do you play slots recommended by casino employees?

Around this topic, we asked players on Brian Christopher’s YouTube channel whether they listened to recommendations given by casino employees, and a quarter of players think they should trust the employee. Another third or so consider it the same sort of lucky hunch as their own.

Meanwhile, we’ve got our share of casino employee stories.

A friend of ours was getting a jackpot payout at a casino when we saw one of those iPads. We noted that we had some players say to us they think the slot techs are controlling payouts with those. She laughed hard and said “that’s funny – they’d never give us that sort of control.”

Then there was the casino host on a cruise ship that was adamant that how full a pot was on Dancing Drums was an indicator of whether a bonus was due. We showed him the line in the pay table that said that the pot size does not indicate anything and he was shocked.

Casino employees are human, just like players. Some do their homework and know a lot, while others are just as susceptible to myths as some players are. Players will often put weight into what they’re saying because, since they work at the casino, they must know, right? But no, they can’t confirm when a machine will pay out any more than any player can detect it.


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4 Replies to “Do Casino Employees Know Which Slots Are Due to Hit?”

  • Paul Ross says:

    Ive used security to watch my machines
    And i tip them..dont take forever..They will have to move a long..

    • FlipTheSwitch.com says:

      We like this – safer and more appropriate than tipping the chair, and respectful of staff’s time if you need a quick moment to go take care of something.

      • Carolyn says:

        Rather than tilt the chair, we turn the chair with back facing the machine. Everybody knows person is coming back.

        • FlipTheSwitch.com says:

          That certainly sounds safer if people are abiding by it at a casino, but of course what each casino is OK with will vary!

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