How to Avoid Slot Misconceptions

A slot is a narrow opening, like a hole in a machine or container. It can also mean a position in a sequence or series. Someone who slots something into another space or place does it carefully, thoughtfully and with a purpose.

A person who plays slot machines can quickly get entangled in whole sets of beliefs about how and when to play them, most of which have little to do with reality. For example, one common belief is that a machine is “due to hit” after it has gone a long time without paying out. It makes sense from a money management standpoint to change machines after a bad run, but there is no logical reason to assume that a particular machine will be “due” to turn cold anytime soon.

Another common misconception is that it’s more likely to win at a particular machine if you choose the same denomination as the winner. Again, there is no logical explanation for this assumption, which can lead to players spending more than they can afford to lose. In fact, the exact opposite is true — there is a far greater likelihood that you will lose than you will win when you make this mistake.

Getting greedy or betting more than you can afford are two of the biggest pitfalls while playing slot machines. To avoid them, decide ahead of time how much you’re willing to risk and what your goals are for playing slot. Then stick to those limits!