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Hot and Cold Machines: Do They Actually Exist?

By on December 12, 2016

Picture the scene. You’re in Vegas for the weekend with your pals. You decide to hit up the Blackjack table, place your chips, and make a bet. At first, things go your way, but after some time (and dwindling chips) the game seems to turn against you.

“The dealer was hot. We didn’t stand a chance,” your friend mutters as you go to test your luck elsewhere.

You wander on over to the slot machines, and move to take a seat vacated by a beaming-faced woman who advises you “Don’t choose this one. It just paid out. It’ll be cold for a while yet.”

Are they right? Is there such thing as a ‘hot dealer’ or a ‘cold machine’ that allows you to run with a bet before inevitably turning the tables on you?

As it happens, there isn’t. The notion of ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ dealers, slots, and other betting mechanisms is just a myth. Sure, there are patterns that will emerge – winning streaks and losing cycles — but placing a bet, whether on the slots, or at the Roulette or Poker table, is wholly unpredictable. Betting machines are not programmed to have cycles, nor are dealers contracted to make you win or lose, even if at times it doesn’t seem to be the case.

In fact, slot machines and other Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) ensure that results are randomly achieved through the means of an RNG, or random number generator (RNG). An RNG is a specialized computer chip whose function is to continuously cycle through millions of numbers (at several thousand numbers a second), so that when a player presses ‘spin,’ ‘deal’ or pulls a lever, it selects a number at that specific moment in time. Pushing the button one thousandth of a second earlier or later would result in a different number and therefore a a completely different outcome. (The RNG even runs when no one is playing!)


Simply put, these Random Number Generators make it impossible for a player (or the dealer) to know what’s going to happen next. And while some people mistakenly attribute their successes and losses to the dealer’s or machine’s last payout, the reality is that every every spin has an equal chance of producing a win, regardless of what happened a moment ago.

Of course, you don’t have to go all the way to Vegas to test your luck, especially if sports betting is more your thing. What makes a practice like Boxing Betting fundamentally different from Slots, Poker and the like is the limited number of boxers in the system (you can forget that pesky RNG here) and the ability to make a bet based on your own judgement and analysis of the fighters involved in any given match.

Coupled with your own knowledge of the fighter’s previous wins and losses, fighting style, and even managers you’re more likely to win based on your own merits. Now doesn’t that sound good?

Perhaps it is possible to bend those gambling rules in your favor after all.

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