Some players believe if you’re having bad luck at a certain machine, changing to another one will positively impact your luck. This topic comes up for both slot machines and video poker.
STATUS: Presuming all things equal, playing at one machine has no difference over another.
Casino games don’t have a memory of previous spins as a method of determining the outcome of a future spin. If a machine is “cold,” that’s simply an understanding of what happened on previous spins – what happens on the next spin has exactly the same odds as every spin before it.
Because of the nature of an RNG, clumps of good and bad streaks can and will happen just because of the way numbers are selected. It’s not going through a predetermined set out of outcomes in a specific order.
Changing machines, as such, won’t help you. But presuming they’re set to the same long-term payback (and on video poker, you can check to make sure), it won’t hurt you either. This is one of those times where it’s a neutral change.
This falls into the same bucket as things like taking money out and putting it back in, or changing your bingo card on a bingo machine. It doesn’t do anything positive or negative, and the machine doesn’t “warm up” from it or anything like that.
But gambling can be emotional and superstitious, and ultimately this is one of those times where it doesn’t really matter, so if it makes you feel better, feel free. If you believe a machine is luckier for you or not, that’s fine. Just don’t get upset if you end up with a similar outcome – the machine doesn’t have it out for you.