Myths vs. Reality

Does How Much You Deposit Into a Machine Impact the Payouts?

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Written by Joshua

Some think putting too much money into a machine will have an effect on a slot machine’s payouts, because the machine knows there’s more money potentially available to it.

STATUS: It has no effect.

If anything, the recent cruise I was on may have indicated otherwise – whenever I put $100 bill in, I seemingly did better than when I put in a $20, more often than not anyway.

But the reality is while a machine obviously knows how much money is deposited so it can accurately maintain a balance as wagers are made and winnings scored, it has no impact on the way the game plays or pays out.

The way a game pays is solely based on:

  • The programming of the game, and how a game is designed to pay, which is based on the math model of the game and not any external factors like balance in the game; and
  • The payback setting that a casino selects from the available choices provided by the game’s designer, usually in the realm of a half dozen choices.

There are other reasons why you may not want to put a $100 in a machine – perhaps putting $20 at a time forces a fresh decision as to whether to play on, and may encourage a bit more discipline than a $100 bill or a big ticket. Maybe you have a system that says to stop after $20 in losses. Whatever the case, that can be helpful as a bankroll management plan, but will not change what the game’s payout formula will be.

About the author

Joshua

My name is Joshua, and I’m a 30-something who works in tech as a marketer by day, and dabbles in casinos periodically during off-times. Know Your Slots will reflect my interests in understanding the various ways you can play slots, games that give you a potential edge, casino promotions and systems and how you can get the most out of it.

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