# newbie question

Discussion in 'Online Casinos' started by peteyweestro, Feb 3, 2008.

Feb 3, 2008
1. ### peteyweestroSenior Member

Occupation:
medical biller
Location:
So Cal...Antelope Valley
can someone please explain to this dummy the differance between weighted reels and not weighted

2. Feb 3, 2008
3. ### hippo925Dormant account

Occupation:
medical field
Location:
so cal
a simplified explanation is that:

non-weighted (or true) reels: the odds of any symbols landing on a particular line are absolutely EQUAL. the machine's payout is determined by the number and way the symbols are layed down on each reel strip. if a reel strip has 3 blanks, two cherries, and one jackpot symbol... ALL 6 symbols have equal probability of landing in a particular spot, but since there are more blanks, you'll see them more. if YOU made a slot at home out of toilet paper rolls and drew in symbols, then spun the rolls.... this would be a simple non-weighted slot.

weighted reels: not as above take the toilet paper roll slot you just made and add little weights to the blank symbols....

essentially, weighted reels were created for the 3 reel slots like double diamond or red,white, and blue because there wasn't enough space on the reels. so instead of the rng result being 1=blank, 2=cherry etc, now it became 1 or 2 or 3= blank, 4 and 5 =cherry, etc. (the physical reels became worthless and just for visual representation)

video slots are SUPPOSED to be non-weighted since they don't have the physical and mechanical limitations of regular slots. ie, with video slots you can have reels with hundreds of symbols if you want.

why a video slot would have weighted reels is probably best left for another thread and more knowledgeable members. this is a simplified explanation until one of the senior members jump on.

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4. Feb 3, 2008
5. ### Nifty29Dormant account

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PAID CASINO SHILL
Location:
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Hmm...this is the way I understand it:

WEIGHTED REELS = the slot is designed to make you lose in the long run.

NON-WEIGHTED REELS = the slot is designed to make you lose in the long run.

Seriously, Ill go with Hippo on this one

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