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I was hoping you could shed some light on the wildly differing performance of the same slot but at different online casinos.For instance dead or alive slot.Within one week on one site 2 big wins.Played the same game on another site,played completely different.No win of any significance after over 2 months of play most days..Does not figure at all?
Same answer as with bloatgoat, that's exactly how random games work.
 

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@trancemonkey - with covid, it affects various ways on how landbased and online casinos operate, ie, traffic etc

But do you tink it will (or has) in any shaped HOW slots are made?

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No not at all, but I would expect to see RTPs drop to compensate for lost earnings.
 

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@trancemonkey - with covid, it affects various ways on how landbased and online casinos operate, ie, traffic etc

But do you tink it will (or has) in any shaped HOW slots are made?

cheers
a for example, different slots appeal to different markets, so would say, do you think developers are making slots that generally appeal to the B&M crowd, are actively being deleoped for online casinos to DRAW IN said crowd
 

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a for example, different slots appeal to different markets, so would say, do you think developers are making slots that generally appeal to the B&M crowd, are actively being deleveloped for online casinos to DRAW IN said crowd
Yes, but I don't believe that covid will necessarily accelerate that. There is still quite a large difference (in most markets) between games in online and retail.
 

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@trancemonkey

got a question I don’t think has been asked before over the 2 threads but just wondering if you’d know.

when a game comes to the end of its life and a company decides to pull it off the sites. Can they just do this anytime or do they have to wait until it’s at its RTP %?

I know these game have billions and billions of spins so after so long it’s gonna be close it it’s RTP anyway. So it might only be 1/2% but could still be a lot of money.
 

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@trancemonkey

got a question I don’t think has been asked before over the 2 threads but just wondering if you’d know.

when a game comes to the end of its life and a company decides to pull it off the sites. Can they just do this anytime or do they have to wait until it’s at its RTP %?

I know these game have billions and billions of spins so after so long it’s gonna be close it it’s RTP anyway. So it might only be 1/2% but could still be a lot of money.
Games can be pulled at any time for any number of reasons... and no they don't have to wait.

Most games actually get close to the RTP reasonably quickly (the more volatile, the longer it takes)... but its only "billions" of games to get to the exact RTP to however many decimal places are stated.

Within a million games, the RTP will be very very close normally.

Within 100k games, still probably within a few percent either way. And popular games may do that many spins in a few days...
 
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You mean nothing even remotely like the promotion CM had a few years back, when a casino took a player to Malta and showed him their entire office?

Or nothing like where a staff of cm have seen pretty much every live casino studio in the industry?

Yeah it's bloody hidden.
Yes, but during lunchtime on the visit the guy did run, screaming hysterically "THEY'RE NOT RRANDOM, THEY'RE NOT RANDOM!!" and jumped into Ta'Xbiex marina and had to be rescued and later sectioned.
 

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Do you think some developers are pushing the casinos to choose the lower RTP version to get more profit depending on the deals they have?

I am growing more and more suspicious of Red Tiger lately that alot of sites now have them on a lower setting, even the likes of Pokerstars which are suprising..
Personally the whole industry is in need and struggling...

The RTP, the dodgy practices and the less and less reps we have here...

speaking from a U.K. point of view... yes things had to change as it was crazy Wild West nonsense, has it gone too far....
Hell yes...

It won’t end well, it’ll be the decent player whom loses out due to promotion and corporate greed...

But that’s the way of the world I guess...

no wonder I’m no longer looking for a match or even interested in a deposit with my takeaway and beer.... shame, utter shame
 

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Yes, but during lunchtime on the visit the guy did run, screaming hysterically "THEY'RE NOT RRANDOM, THEY'RE NOT RANDOM!!" and jumped into Ta'Xbiex marina and had to be rescued and later sectioned.
Sloppy sloppy... They should have used the industry mandatory tazers, not let him run a couple hundred meters...
 

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This probably varies by provider/casino, but do online slots play by the rules when it comes to progressive jackpots in terms of transferring the built-up funds to other games when games are retired? Or when someone hits a big jackpot but was playing with a max cashout, say a NDB?

I know in Vegas it's a regulatory requirement to move the progressive funds to another machine upon removing one since it was built up with player funds in the first place.
 

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This probably varies by provider/casino, but do online slots play by the rules when it comes to progressive jackpots in terms of transferring the built-up funds to other games when games are retired? Or when someone hits a big jackpot but was playing with a max cashout, say a NDB?

I know in Vegas it's a regulatory requirement to move the progressive funds to another machine upon removing one since it was built up with player funds in the first place.
Pretty much the same here in Canada I thought I read it somewhere at least that the jackpot has to be paid first before the machine is taken out, I really doubt they do that here or at my local casino even if it is law.
 

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This probably varies by provider/casino, but do online slots play by the rules when it comes to progressive jackpots in terms of transferring the built-up funds to other games when games are retired? Or when someone hits a big jackpot but was playing with a max cashout, say a NDB?

I know in Vegas it's a regulatory requirement to move the progressive funds to another machine upon removing one since it was built up with player funds in the first place.
Good question - i admit i'm not familiar with the rules for online where this is concerned, but as jackpots (big ones at least) are paid for by the developer and not the casino, i'm not sure where the money would go (if anywhere) if a casino pulled a game. My guess is that it goes nowhere....but if i get chance, i'll read the regs and see if i can tell what the UKGC has to say about it, if anything
 

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Hi! Yesterday, I found a
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with instruction how to play slots like pro. I would be interested in your opinion.

Thanks!
There's no such thing as a professional slot player. And Step 10 tells you all you need to know, don't listen to those guys. Next they'll tell you how to constantly beat roulette with martingale :D
 

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Hi! Yesterday, I found a
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with instruction how to play slots like pro. I would be interested in your opinion.

Thanks!
That document is ok in places, laughably bad in others and actively dangerous in parts...
Let's go through one by one...

1. Explore the history of slots
Interesting maybe, but is it a step to make you a "better player" - no

2. Learn how to understand the slot controls
Well, yeah - if you're going to bet, you should probably understand what you're doing. So nothing too wrong here - however, the double or nothing round it describes (with a hi-lo card choice) is certainly not the only one that exists, and most use the red / black gamble. But, at least it's not bare-faced lying here unlike...

3. Choose slots like a pro
Every single word of this is a lie, and a dangerous one at that. A random game has no knowledge of previous play, and therefore the current state of the game (i.e whether you think it's hot or cold or neutral) has zero impact on whether the next spin could be a 1000x win. So the method, and reasons, they moronically posit here are not a "really neat conclusion". I mean, who in their right mind thinks that running the slot in demo until it "goes hot" and then "switch to real play" is honestly a real way to gain an advantage?!

4. Understand volatility
This part is actually useful - you SHOULD understand volatility. And probably avoid too many high ones...

5. Understand RTP
Another good part

6. Familiarize yourself with multiple developers
Why not - the more choice you have, the better right?

7. Master the basics of slot features
Master? Anyway, an informative section covering multiple different wild functionalities...

8. Use the bonus advantage
Actually, i would encourage most people who ever want to have any hope of withdrawing money to not take a bonus. But if you CAN use them to your advantage, why not!

9. Decide which casino to play
Derr.. well, yeah. But to be fair, they posit only using licenced casinos, so this is good... however then they say:

10. Apply a simply double up betting system
No, no, no... don't do this. This is NOT a sure fire way to win. This is NOT roulette - and casinos have bet size limits for this exact reason (as doubling up on Roulette endlessly would, in theory, work..

However, it doesn't on slots - because on Roulette you know exactly how much you will win if your number comes in - you have no idea how much a bonus will pay you.. could be anywhere from nothing to 1000x or more. Doubling up on slots is just a very very quick way to lose a LOT of money.

Don't do this - this is dangerous and stupid.

TM
 

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I don't really come on here much but have been playing online slots for about 5 years. I thought I'd better check on here to see what's been happening, because I've noticed that, since lockdown in particular, the games have been playing worse than I've ever seen them.

Now I can see why and I feel really cheated by the casinos, and I have to say by the UKGC as well if this has been instigated by them. It's bad enough losing the quickspin, but discovering that casinos can lower the stated RTP is simply disgusting. As far as I'm concerned this is fraud, pure and simple.

I have a question about the effects of an RTP reduction of 1 or 2 percent on the games, because there's been a marked difference between how they play now to how they used to play. I thought I'd seen the very worst these games can throw at you over the years, but last night I was playing Shogun of Time in the Glossy Bingo Slot Sprint and I've never seen a game play so appallingly badly (although in the last few months it has been deteriorating rapidly). More than ten games in a row playing at nearly 100% dead spins, no free spin rounds and no respin wins. Very few winning spins and nearly all very low, the rest losing or stake back wins. The last game I played I got 33 dead spins in a row from the beginning (my record is 39 from the start and 60 during a game, both on Netent games unsurprisingly), but those 10 games must be up there in the top 1% or so of the worst games I've ever played.

Could a 1 or 2% reduction really make that much of a difference, because I've noticed multiple games across multiple casinos playing so incredibly badly (these are games I play an awful lot and know what to expect), it's like being slowly tortured without quickspin.

If these games are truly random, how can the RNG churn out nearly 100% zeroes over a long run of separate games, because this month in particular over 90% of the games I've played have just been dead spin fests. They're also playing in almost exactly the same way nearly every time and there are clearly patterns of play because I see it every time I play certain games, to the point it's getting easy to predict when a run of really bad games is starting up. I carried on playing last night out of morbid curiosity, just to see how bad it could get, and boy, was it bad!

If this is what we can expect from now on then forget it, I'm not going to waste hour after hour sitting watching the games cheating me with a bunch of dead spin fests. As far as I'm concerned they all deserve to go out of business and we should just stop playing them until they give us a fair chance of winning sometimes. What's happening now is just criminal.
 

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A 1 or 2% drop will likely not be that noticable on most games. Of course it depends where they take the RTP from when doing the maths, but you would only likely notice it over a long time if you were a regular player.

And the reason games can give lots of dead spins is exactly because they ARE random... I used to made compensated games for the UK, and the good thing about compensating games is that for the most part you can avoid giving people really long, shit runs. You would never program a game to play that badly if you COULD control it.

On a slightly different note, I've played Spartcus Megaways at 40p and lost over £200 in it. Biggest base game win was less than 10x and I had three features which paid 3x, 12x and 15x. What an absolutely atrocioua game that is...
 

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