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The RNG Technology Behind Today’s Slot Games

While there is still a sizable number of people who enjoy playing slots at physical casinos, this is no longer the only option for playing and enjoying these games.

Author:Alexander McCaslin
Reviewer:Suleman Shah
Dec 26, 2022186 Shares2.5K Views
While there is still a sizable number of people who enjoy playing slots at physical casinos, this is no longer the only option for playing and enjoying these games. Modern technology applied to gamingand gambling has made it possible for players to enjoy their favourite casinogames wherever they are as long as they have a compatible device and an internet connection. The success of online casinos as well as their ability to keep their slot games fair and enjoyable hinges on random number generators (RNGs).

The Switch from Mechanical to Digital

Old slot game models had mechanical parts and used physical reels. When a player placed their wager and pulled the handle or lever, the wheels would start spinning and the printed numbers or symbols shown when the reels stopped determined the outcome.
Today’s slot games do not use mechanical parts and instead use random number generators. These can either be a microchip as you would find in many physical casinos or an algorithm in the case of online slots.
These chips or algorithms generate numbers between one and several billion or another large number depending on how they are set. The number determines when and where the reels stop once they are spun. This makes online slot outcomes unpredictable and random.

Keeping Games Fair

Random number generators keep online slots fair because everyone has roughly the same chance of winning, although a casino can set its RTP and volatility to alter the odds of winning for everyone. This helps keep the games fair.
RNGs have also made it possible and easier for developers to create more interesting and different slot games. If you visit any reputable online casino, you will find hundreds of online slotsto choose from.

The Relationship Between RNGs and RTP

The RTP is the percentage of funds returned to players in the long term. They are usually set as a percentage. An RTP of 85% RTP is expected to return an average of 85 pence for every £1 wagered. It is nearly impossible to produce perfect randomness on a computer and this is why RNGs produce what are known as pseudorandom numbers. Although these numbers can seem random, they are determined by a number known as a seed. Developers can adjust the RTP by modifying the seed so there is a higher chance of winning at a specific game. To ensure a consistent RTP, many casinos ensure that the RNG can only produce numbers in a given range. Casinos can then track the RTP to find out if their random number generator is working as expected.

Timing is Key

Although there is no way of knowing when a slot machine is “hot” (likely to produce a win), we know that timing is critical. Because the RNG is always producing numbers, a delay of a few milliseconds in pressing the button or pulling a lever can be the difference between a big win and a small one.
Random number generators are used in different technological and computing applicationsin different industries, but they find a lot of use in the casino industry. Apart from slots, they can also be used to determine the outcome of other games where random selections determine wins.
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Alexander McCaslin

Alexander McCaslin

Suleman Shah

Suleman Shah

Suleman Shah is a researcher and freelance writer. As a researcher, he has worked with MNS University of Agriculture, Multan (Pakistan) and Texas A & M University (USA). He regularly writes science articles and blogs for science news website and open access publishers OA Publishing London and Scientific Times. He loves to keep himself updated on scientific developments and convert these developments into everyday language to update the readers about the developments in the scientific era. His primary research focus is Plant sciences, and he contributed to this field by publishing his research in scientific journals and presenting his work at many Conferences. Shah graduated from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (Pakistan) and started his professional carrier with Jaffer Agro Services and later with the Agriculture Department of the Government of Pakistan. His research interest compelled and attracted him to proceed with his carrier in Plant sciences research. So, he started his Ph.D. in Soil Science at MNS University of Agriculture Multan (Pakistan). Later, he started working as a visiting scholar with Texas A&M University (USA). Shah’s experience with big Open Excess publishers like Springers, Frontiers, MDPI, etc., testified to his belief in Open Access as a barrier-removing mechanism between researchers and the readers of their research. Shah believes that Open Access is revolutionizing the publication process and benefitting research in all fields.
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