For whatever reason, the Wager Saver, known on the Link machines as the Lucky Chance Spin, has captured peoples’ imaginations lately. Here’s a couple of questions about it:
I’ve seen people talking about inserting a dollar and hitting max bet to just get the “chance” spin on a machine at max bet. Is that even possible or are the machines able to tell that is what you are doing?Wayne D.
Can a casino player win on a lucky wager saver? I saw a casino player playing Dragon Link on $2 denomination, $50 max bet, and inserted $5 landing 6 orbits Hold & Spin a total of 13 orbits winning $3750.Meraida F.
So let’s start off with Wayne’s question, and the answer is it is absolutely possible and 100 percent by design.
The Wager Saver/Lucky Chance Spin setup is giving you a chance at a spin. Whatever credit amount you have in the machine vs. the amount the spin would normally cost is your percentage chance of achieving it.
For instance, if you put $1 in and attempt a $5 spin, that’s a 20 percent chance of getting the spin. If you put $1 in and attempt a $100 spin, that’s a 1 percent chance of getting the spin.
Now, just getting the spin is step one. Then you actually have to win something. And remember that the game still has a house advantage, which includes on these attempts at spins, since the payback already reflects the expectation of how much is being wagered to achieve a spin.
As far as whether someone can win, it sounds like you saw an example yourself, Meraida, but we can’t talk about whether you can win without discussing Brian Christopher’s random major on a Lucky Chance Spin on Dragon Cash:
In Brian’s case he was putting in $100 to attempt $125 spins – that’s an 80 percent chance of getting it. On one spin, he got it, landed four orbs, and the bell rang. That’s when he realized something special was happening, and it turned out to be the Random Major Progressive Jackpot.
But overall, your chances of winning on any given spin, presuming you get a spin, are the same as if you did the full bet. It’s using the same RNG and the same range of outcomes, just you’re adding the question of whether you actually get the spin.
Why would game makers add this? It’s a way to capture just a bit more money from players, and it doesn’t change a thing at all about the game’s odds or payback. So it’s an easy add-on, especially in an era when many casinos don’t give back change on tickets anymore.
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