“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.” This quote, or some version of it, has been credited to Albert Einstein.
Whether Einstein said this or not, the concept seems to hold water. Why would anyone who is sane keep doing the same thing “over and over again” without seeing some change, hopefully for the better.
I was once asked this question at a seminar I was running; “Do you think slot online players are crazy because they can’t win but keep playing over and over expecting to win? Isn’t that nuts?”
At first I was going to say “yes” but then I gave myself a moment to pause and think this through. Did slot online players fit this insanity profile? No, I realized, slot online players do not fit Einstein’s prediction because they may do the same thing over and over but they do not get just one result, meaning no result. They do see different results using the same strategies.
No system can beat the online slot if one is playing a strictly random game without figuring some way to actually get a mathematical edge. No betting system can overcome how the slot onlines manipulate their payouts. These are sad facts but they are facts nevertheless.
Still, the slot online player does not always get the same result during any given session no matter what system or technique that player uses. Even a player who just throws bets out there willy-nilly, not playing any system, just guessing and hoping for a win, is not doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. The player is getting different results.
Follow me: A player wins a little; a player loses a little. A player wins a lot; a player loses a lot. A player experiences an inconsistent game of wins and losses. Different things happen at different times using the strategies that the player enjoys using. Therefore such a player does not have to change strategies because that strategy being used works at times because of the myriad results it gets. It might be the same thing over and over but it is getting different results.
So, whew!, slot online players are not insane. The online slot’s ability to beat the players over time, be it short time such as today, or long time such as weeks, months or years, is based on a mathematical manipulation of betting percentages and “taxes” paid on wining bets by the players (also known as “short payouts”).
When a player enjoys the game of craps, the losses are easy to establish. On the Pass Line bet the player wins 244 times but loses 251 times, giving the house a 1.41 percentage edge. It is simply that the slot online wins more decisions on this bet.
However, on most other bets the online slot will take a tax out of the player’s winning decision. For example, if the player places the 4 or 10, the slot online will pay back $9 for a $5 winning bet when the fair payment (meaning no edge is taken) would be $10 for $5 since the 4 or 10 is six-to-three in favor of the 7. That’s two-to-one. You can consider that payout cutting short one dollar as a tax on a player’s win.
With the incredible number of bets at craps, the taxes win quite a lot of money for the house. Still, players will win some and lose some because they have guessed correctly at times. That makes the players believe in their strategies. The players have seen enough wins to make them true believers.
This situation holds true for all slot online games. The slot either wins more decisions or taxes the players’ wins.
Now if you look at blackjack you see that the online slot wins approximately 48 decisions; loses approximately 44 decisions and ties about 8 decisions. If the slot allowed that range of wins and losses, most players would skip off the game and play something else. So the online slot makes blackjack more palatable by offering rewarding hands where the player can get an edge or reduce the house edge on those hands.
The players can double their bets on the first two cards; split pairs; double after splits and be paid three-to-two on blackjacks (or, ugh, six-to-five on blackjacks). The house edge for a player using the computer derived basic strategy is somewhere in the one-half percent for the traditional game.
All roulette bets come with the house taking a tax on all winning bets for inside straight-up bettors by paying only 35-to-one when the fair payout is 37-to-one in the American double-zero wheel and 36-to-one on the European single-zero wheel. On the outside proposition bets, the online slot will win bets whenever the green 0 or 00 shows. The house edge is 5.26 percent on the American wheel and 2.7 percent on the European wheel. Some of websites like the idn slot offers only the European wheel for the obvious reason.
You can bet roulette any way you wish; placing chips on the inside numbers, on the outside proposition bets, or on any combination of the two. The long run results heavily favor the online slot but no individual session dictates that the player must lose. Any strategy can probably work in any given session.
In truth, while understanding which bets are better for the player, the house will have an edge on all of them. That’s the way it is and it isn’t insane.