Does Cashing Out Change Your Chances on a Slot?

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The questions continue to flow in around whether certain actions impact a slot machine. Here’s two more around the same basic question:

When I play, I put a 20 in the machine and always cash out if I have 30 or more in, depending on the hit. But I still want to play on the machine so I put 20 in and cash out again and I have done this up to 10 times. Do you think when you keep cashing out that changes anything? My friends never want to cash out cuz they think that changes the chances of hitting or winning?

Stacey

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Does constantly cashing out a ticket and re-inserting it back into the same machine do anything to increase your chances of winning? I recently sat next to a woman at my casino and she cashed out like every second or third spin and put it back into her machine, which was almost as annoying as button slapping!

Karen T.

Like the other things people can do with a slot machine – play without a players card, turn up the volume, stopping the reels – this will certainly change the timing of when you hit the spin button, but it’s a neutral change. 

You don’t know if the outcome of this change was ultimately better, worse or the same than if you hadn’t cashed out and put fresh money in. So it’s not really something to worry about.

That said, we chose these two questions for an extra little element to each. Stacey’s method of cashing out is a nice money management system – it locks in a profit, and then she can choose to play again but she’s limiting the amount she can spend. It would be really easy to spend the whole $30 if it wasn’t cashed out, so why not limit to $20?

As far as Karen, while certainly a weird process (and our team, including Brian, was just commenting about how a woman was doing this near us recently), one thing it does do is slow down the spinning – with all the cashing in and out you can’t spin as much. Less spins means less money at risk, so it can make your money last longer.

Could this be achieved by simply hitting the spin button less quickly? Of course, but having a system to keep you occupied is certainly far from the worst idea.

So while it doesn’t necessarily have a positive or negative impact to outcome, both of the ideas floated here have in common the benefit of slowing down the amount of money at risk. In Stacey’s case, you’re making more decisions about whether to play or go, and in Karen’s neighbor’s case, it slows down how often bets are made.

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