do casinos tighten slot on weekends

Do Casinos Tighten Slots On Weekends?

Casinos are busy on weekends, especially around holidays and special events. Slot machines are surrounded by action, entertainment, noise, and lights, making them exciting to play. People can also get more money (cash) to play with during weekends than on weekdays.

Casinos are lightly crowded on weekday afternoons. Players who frequent casinos know that this is the time to play slot machines since it’s the only time you can find loose slots (the casino has not had enough time to turn up all of the players’ hands). But, casinos draw in massive amounts of people on weekends. It’s an excellent opportunity for people to go out and play blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, and spend a few hours gambling. However, weekends might not be the best time of the week for you to sit down at a slot machine.

You might notice that on Saturdays and Sundays, slot machines start to get tight (the payouts diminish). This is because casinos have become crowded with people playing slots. Most players don’t understand the concept of a slot machine’s probability matching up against a mathematical limit without additional help from the casino or house. When people feed coins in one after another, the machine’s chance of hitting the jackpot diminishes. If you can find loose slots, play them on weekdays when casinos are lightly crowded, and players haven’t had much time to feed coins into machines.

How does a slot machine get tight?

Slot machines have a mathematical limit based on probabilities, and it can get tight, which means the casino has had enough time to get players’ hands. This is done by sending out promotions such as free meals or show tickets. These things draw in more people who then play slots; this increases the number of coins being fed into machines. The more coins that are put in, the closer the slot machine gets to its mathematical limit.

Slot machines have a “cycle” which is about 2% of coin in versus payouts out. To find this, look for a number on your slot machine or online that says something like, “Avg Coin in/Avg. Payout.” Divide the coin in number by the pay-out number, and you will get 0.98 or about 2%. This means that for every $100 worth of coins put into a machine, on average, the casino receives back around $98 after paying out wins. If the casino has players feeding coins into machines, they will eventually reach the mathematical limit.

What else is happening when the casino is busy?

When casinos are busy, several things could occur:

  1. The casino will put more people on the floor or in certain areas of the building. These people will be taking care of players at the slot machines.
  2. More waitresses will serve drinks to players (and bring more money to the casino).
  3. There could be security guards watching over areas where there is a lot of activity, like player’s clubs.

Casino changes that might not be immediately noticeable to the player include:

  • Multipliers on jackpots might go down (or away entirely). This makes it harder for people to win and increases the casino’s take.
  • Maximum bets will go up. This gives the casino more money when people do win. Players don’t see the max bet until they’ve started to play the game, and then they can’t change it.

All of these things combined make it harder for you to win, especially on weekends. If you can find a loose slot machine at a casino, play on weekday afternoons when nobody is there, and the slot machines haven’t had enough time to get tight yet.