Apr 7, 2022

What Are False Wins at Slots

Congratulations, you have lost! Are you also confused by this phrase? However, this is the case today for some online slots. Wins often do not even reach the bet, and even if you seem to have won something, you are in the loss at the end of the spin. How to identify such slot machines and should are they worth playing?

Modern online slots are far from the original three-cylinder slots, such as the famous One-handed Bandit. Today, slots are more similar to classic online games or game applications. However, slots have not only undergone a revolution in graphic design over the years. The rules of the game are also changing.

How to create false wins at slot machines

The classic mechanical slots usually have fixed 1, 3 or 5 winning lines, and there is no less difference between bet and total bet. Online slots of today are a little bit different. Now, in some cases, you can set the number of winning lines yourself. The total bet that will be subtracted from your account is then equal to

The number of active winning lines x Basic bet.

But beware! Then, when the win amount is calculated, the Total bet is not used for the calculation, but only the Basic bet. And by the formula is:

Win amount per winning line x Basic bet

In a very simple way, there can be a situation where "win" does not reach the total bet.

False wins

You can clearly see in the picture from the online game Treasures of the Pyramids that for a total bet of 200 coins with a three-symbol line low is only 25 coins win! This happens more often than you think.

We can also see the average of these false wins in research published by Mike J. Dixon, Kevin A. Harrigan, Rajwant Sandhu, Karen Collins and Jonathan A. Fugelsang in their book Addiction. They analyzed the Lobstermania machine. The following table shows the results of more than 250 million spins.

Number of winning lines Regular winnings False winnings Losses
1 5,1 % 0 % 94,9 %
2 8,6 % 0 % 91,4 %
3 8,1 % 3,8 % 88,1 %
4 10 % 4,9 % 85 %
5 11,9 % 6 % 82,1 %
6 8,7 % 10,7 % 80,6 %
7 10 % 10,9 % 79,1 %
8 11,1 % 12,4 % 76,5 %
9 12,2 % 13,7 % 74,1 %
10 13,3 % 13,8 % 72,9 %
11 11,1 % 17,1 % 71,8 %
12 12,1 % 17,3 % 70,7 %
13 12,9 % 17,6 % 69,5 %
14 13,9 % 17,6 % 69,5 %
15 14,2 % 18,4 % 67,4 %

The key

  • Regular Winnings: Winning Spin> Bet
  • False winnings: win from spin <bet
  • Losses: No winning line created

You can see clearly in the table how the number of false prizes increases with the number of winning lines. Of course, the number of real wins is growing, which is only a logical consequence of the fact that the number of winning opportunities is increasing. Likewise, the number of spins no winning line is decreasing.

How to identify a slot machine with false wins

However, the number of fake wins increases with the number of winning lines from a slightly different reason. If the slot machine pays winnings by the formula:

Win = Basic Bet * Win per line

And the total bet counts as:

Total bet = Basic bet * Number of winning lines

Then, to get a real win, they must pay:

Basic Bet * Win per line> Basic Bet * Number of winning lines

Those knowing algebra, it is already clear that the win per line must be higher than the number of winning line. Let's look at an example:

False wins at slots

The picture shows the paytable from the slot Treasures of the Pyramids again. This slot machine offers a maximum of 40 winning lines. Payments for each symbol must, therefore, be more than 40 coins. As you can see, it's not nearly everywhere. For example, for low symbols such as A, K, Q, J, or 10, you must form a 5-symbol long winning line to actually win something.

Of course, the solution could be to lower the number of winning lines below the lowest payout limit (in our case it would be 5). In such a case, however, we again face a rapid decrease in real wins.

Are false-win machines really so disadvantageous?

Although false wins seem to be an unethical thing, these slot machines do not actually have a significantly lower return on players (RTP) than other regular online slots. For example, the Lobstermania slot machine, which has more false wins than the actual ones has an RTP of 96.52%. Which is very nice.

The low wins in the main game are compensated by numerous features such as free spins, wild symbols or pick-and-win bonus. So why are the machines harmful?

False winnings will trigger the same reaction as the winnings. The winning lines are marked on the reels, the slot starts flashing and making the winnings sound. Consequently, the human brain subconsciously registers the win, even if it is a false win. Over time, the player makes a mental note that such slot machines win than they actually do.

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