Understanding the Games. Part one: RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR

Understanding the Games. Part one: RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR
By Charles Jay

In this particular piece we’ll look at a few things you often hear about, but may not understand (don’t be offended if you already do). And you’ll see reference to each of these things on the brand-new, re-designed Superior Casino website.

Okay, let’s tackle them one-by-one:


The presence of microprocessors in slot machines brought about something called a Random Number Generator (RNG), through which the odds could be customized from machine to machine. The RNG cycles through thousands and thousands of combinations of numbers and settles on outcomes randomly. The reels on the slot machine are programmed to stop at whatever combination the RNG happens to pick at that time.

The RNG enables “virtual” reels as opposed to actual reels. These reels have more virtual “symbols” on them. That adds up to many more combinations and a much, much greater jackpot possibility for the player. That’s a good thing.

The RNG, in effect, pre-selects the outcome for each and every spin on the slot machine, making the actual spinning of the reels more of a formality than anything else. Before you have even pushed a button or pulled a handle, the machine knows whether you are going to win or not.

The machines, of course, are programmed to stop at non-paying combinations more often than others, something players obviously understand. Otherwise, the beautiful new Superior Casino , or any other online or land-based casino, might not even exist. But because this process is “random,” it does allow for a winning combination to appear, and certainly reduces the possibility that the outcomes can be subject to specific manipulation from both internal and external sources.

The results are based on a long-term pay schedule, which means that the casino knows what it is going to be getting out of each machine on a long-term basis, though the short-term results for the customer are still left pretty much to chance.

In addition to being essential to the development and advancement of slot machines, the RNG is also the governing mechanism behind all player vs. house games that are played over the internet. Naturally, that includes slots, which are, of course, seen but not touched.

Stay tuned for the continuation of this post.

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