Debunked: top casino game myths and legends

If you find yourself pulling up a chair to a casino gaming table on a regular basis, then we’re sure you’re familiar with the myths and legends that surround your favourite games. Whether you’re playing online or in-person, you’ll always find players who have their own theories about what it takes to win – or how the games might be rigged to fall in a certain favour.

Whilst we all know that the only added extras that can be earned come in the form of a casino welcome bonus and free spins – it can sometimes be hard not to get swept away with the odd, somewhat convincing, casino-based rumour.

So, with this in mind, allow us to dispel the most common myths surrounding casino gaming. Read on to find out more.

“It’s all about luck”

Whilst luck can sometimes play a factor in your gameplay, it’s not technically at the root of any of your favourite games. Instead, it’s more accurate to describe games, such as Slots and Roulette, as games of chance. Your playing style or strategy bears almost no impact on the game’s end result.

Skill can somewhat influence games like Blackjack and Poker, especially when you incorporate bluffing into the latter game and effect your opponents’ decisions. However, ultimately, it will be chance that decides your fate.

“Previous results will influence the game’s outcome”

This myth is particularly prevalent when it comes to Slots – and still incorrect. When you spin the reels of the online slot machine, the outcome is completely random as all reputable sites use a Random Number Generator (RNG), which ensures that all results are fair and cannot be predicted.

In terms of Blackjack, whether playing online or in-person, the decisions of other players will not affect your final result. The game is purely player versus dealer, and all down to chance. If the players on the table before you all lost to the dealer – that doesn’t have any impact on your chances of winning or losing.

“Machines and tables can be hot or cold”

A lot of the time you will hear players talking about a certain machine or table being hot or cold. This is similar to our above point, as a “cold” machine indicates that it hasn’t paid out in X amount of time, which then goes on to forge the belief that it must be “due” to grant the next player a win, therefore turning “hot”.

Some people also hold the belief that if a machine has been paying out regularly, then it will continue to do so.

None of these myths are true. Slot games will have a Return to Player (RTP) percentage attached to it, which illustrates the chance of bagging some of your money back – but this is only an average of the money spent in the long-run, overarching far beyond individual players. Slots are one of the casino games that operate at random, and cannot be predicted, no matter how much a machine has or hasn’t paid out before.


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