Arizona Tribes and Slot Machine Paybacks

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Arizona tribes aren’t required to release information on their slot machine percentage paybacks, but we do know that these machines can range from 83% to 100% for video poker and video blackjack, and 75% to 100% for slots and keno. This is because the terms of the compacts allow each tribe to set its machines differently and can include additional features like jackpots, bonus games, and side games.

With the advent of microprocessors, manufacturers could assign a different probability to each symbol on each reel. The computer then uses an internal sequence table to map the three numbers from the RNG to its corresponding stop on the slot reel.

The result is that a winning symbol might seem to be “so close”, but the odds are that it will not hit on a given spin. Accepting this is one of the keys to playing slots successfully. The other is to find a variance that matches your personal risk/reward profile. Choosing the right slots for your gaming style is essential to maximize your chances of success.

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