Do Casinos reward frequent players?

My father win's on slot machines far more than I do. We put our Member Card into the machine and so the Casino knows who is playing.  He and I bet similar amounts but he's been a long-time gambler, and I haven't been.  Do you think the Casinos rig the machines so that if certain people are playing their odds are much better?

Yesterday I played a machine without putting my card in and won $100 really quickly - it was only when I won the money that I realized the machine had not read my member card.  I'm thinking I may want to play the machines without putting my card in from here on out.

Your thoughts?

7 Answers

  • 3 weeks ago

    People have all kinds of theories about casinos manipulating results of games based on various factors - especially when it comes to modern electronic "slot" machines or other electronic games.

    The most simple and strongest rebuttal to all of these theories is the simple fact that casino's have no incentive to do this. The odds are in their favor anyway. Someone winning or losing a few hundred bucks in barely a blip on the chart of the casino's finances. Most casinos make millions of dollars every month - large ones can pull a million or more in an hour. It would be foolish to put that kind of profit at risk by cheating to squeeze a slightly larger % out of their clients. If they were caught doing that they'd be immediately shut down and sued by everyone who ever lost money there.

    In fact, because of the way the odds work out, their only incentive is to get people to gamble more. Over the long run their profits are within fractions of a % point of their house edge, and the variance and randomness of the games doesn't even matter. So the most effective way for a casino to make more money isn't to cheat and change the odds on the games, its actually just to get people to bet more by either making larger bets or playing longer. This is why they give you free drinks, perks & rewards, and make a big public announcement when someone hits a large jackpot. Anything that gets you to bet a few more dollars puts more money in the casino's account - even if you win.

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Casinos generally provide rewards & compensations (comps) based on the amount of money being played at their establishment.  In general, they will award a point for every $1.00 - $3.00 played, which does vary by casino.  Casinos will vary HOW they handle fractional points between machines / tablets (some will allow you keep the fractional amounts.  MOST will have you forfeit the fractional amount when changing games, encouraging multiple plays to earn the next point).  The points may be used for rewards or redeemed for comps (like free play, drinks, meals, ect.).

    Government regulatory agencies forbids casinos & their workers from actively manipulating the payout odds on any active machine in use, which would be reasonably defined as any machine that has a player's card inserted into them OR any credits on it...  However, there is a reasonable expectation players do actively play periodically as a machine left idle for a prolonged period of time (generally 30 minutes or more) may be considered abandoned & casino staff may remove a player's reward card & any outstanding balance (usually LESS than what the minimum bet is on the machine) on the machine.

    This regulatory rule prevents casinos from playing "favorites" with patrons on their slots, so everybody has the exact same odds on each machine regardless if they have a rewards card or not.  The only difference is that the casino can track how much a person is wagering as well as how much that person has won / lost (which can be utilized for tax purposes) when they're using a rewards card.

    With that said, casinos are permitted adjust the odds on inactive machines so they could make a particular machine "hot" (having above average payouts) & another machine "cold" (having below average payouts) as long as they maintain (or exceed) their posted payout percentage (by state regulations).  Such changes are may be down when maintenance is done on a machine or during overnight times (when patron activity is generally at their minimums).  However, there are likely regulations on what the absolute minimum payout is on any given machine.

    While you may superstitious about using (or not using) your rewards card, it generally doesn't make a difference on the games.  The only downside is that you will be awarded any points on your wagers if you choose NOT to use your rewards card.

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  • zeno
    Lv 6
    3 weeks ago

    Only by grabbing more of your money.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Almost every slot machine player has theories about what makes certain machines give out better pay-offs at certain times. The vast majority of these theories are simply wrong, but there may be some truth to some of them. Even if you play based on a theory that you have, and win, there is little reason to believe that you won because your theory was correct. It is just as likely, and probably more likely, that it was random chance and your theory had nothing to do with it.

    It is true that casinos can change how big the house advantage on a machine is and, with modern machines, can do so at any time without ever touching the machine. I do not believe a machine will ever be adjusted based on who is playing the machine, but there is no way to prove or disprove this belief, or any other belief. 

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    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    its coincidence i think...winning a hundred dollars every 300 spent is not a winning strategy

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Simple answer, no. The state gaming commission verify that the paybacks of machines cannot be changed without authorization from the state gaming commission.  As you said, he has played longer than you so that would justify why he has won more than you.  He's probably gambled at times you didn't even know. In the end, it's all luck. He probably hasn't told you of the dry spells and maxing out his credit card for just one more pull

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Sure, they "reward" them by giving them free stuff so that they stick around to lose more money.

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