How to Avoid Near-Miss Scenarios in Slot Machines


Machines that allow players to stop a spin after a winning combination

Some slot machines are designed to allow players to stop a spin after achieving a winning combination. These types of machines are also known as ‘auto play’ slots. They let players adjust their game style to fit the features of the machine. Players should know how the machine works and adjust their game style accordingly.

The technology behind these machines is quite advanced. The majority of modern machines are fitted with microprocessors, which assign various probabilities to the different symbols. Typically, a 30-minute session may contain as few as 180 spins, and the maximum will reach 600.

Problems with “near-miss” scenarios

Near-miss scenarios in slot machines are a problem for two reasons. First, they are not useful to the gambler and are misleading. Second, they promote the illusion that a win is imminent. Third, near-miss scenarios strengthen the gambler’s assumption of discrimination and superstition.