Skill games is a loose category that includes a variety of machine games that don’t replicate the exact playing style of slot or video poker machines. Some people will never recognize skill games as slots. However, casino management seems to think of them as the same type of game, since they’re often grouped together on the casino floor or in online casino categories.
A skill game is a game in which you’re rewarded for your skill. An example would be a video game in which you play a hunter shooting animated ducks. The more ducks you’re able to shoot, the more you earn. These games take most of the luck element out of machine gaming, and much like video poker, reward players for being good at something. These games are catching on, as a younger and more tech-savvy audience enters the casino. For now, though, these titles make up a tiny percentage of the total slot gambling market.
But let’s be honest – this myth isn’t about experimental slots. The myth contends that every slot on the casino floor is accessible by remote. The fact is, these machines have to be taken apart to be altered. If a casino wants to change a machine’s odds, it has to send an employee to physically crack the game open and swap out a computer chip. If you think the staff can do all that without alerting you, you’re the world’s least-observant gambler.
Myth : Machines near heavy-traffic areas of the casino floor offer the best odds.
Plenty of people who scoff at the above myths still believe this garbage. We’re not sure where this myth began. Maybe it was even true at one time. But our experience proves that in modern casinos there is no correlation between casino traffic and machine odds.
If anything, some casinos do the reverse of what’s described in the myth above. In Atlantic City, for example, you’ll often find banks of video poker machines in otherwise-ignored corners, away from the traffic and (relatively) clean air. Not all video poker games have spectacular odds, but on the whole, the game gives the house a smaller advantage than slot games. Why “hide” them in the back corner, if not to shoo people away from these lower-edge machines?
We don’t totally shy away from this line of thinking – some slot games are undoubtedly tight, compared to the industry standard. Any location where you’re part of a captive audience, like a bar or in the Las Vegas airport, is likely to play host to an incredibly-tight slot game or two. You should probably avoid slot and video poker machine games in lobbies and bars, which we suppose are kind of “high-traffic areas.” Still, when you have to stretch a myth that far to make it true, is it really true?