Slots – Tips & Tricks

Looking for more ways to win money quicker and easier via your favourite slot? Then I’ve got some information for your curious mind on various ways you can beat the slots at their own game. These various ways include tips & tricks designed to assist you on a daily basis. I’ll also inform you of the ones that don’t work and any security measures you should put in place to protect yourself.

Manipulating Slots – is it Even Possible?

Every player has heard the stories and rumours of special tricks used to manipulate and empty slot machines. So how can you do this and have more fun earning your money this way? One thing you should bear in mind, what may sound like a dream come true is not always so easy – and it could bring you other problems, especially legal ones.

Before I get started here, I must make one thing entirely clear. I’m not advocating the manipulation of slot machines or fraud. I’m only here to show you what was and is possible along with which tips and tricks work or don’t work. At the same time, I want to warn you to be cautious about companies on the internet that offer slots tricks, which they guarantee will make you money. These are scams and should be avoided at all costs!

Yes, it is Possible to Manipulate Slots

Yes, it is possible and it has happened many times in the past. There aren’t many stories to tell on how successful these attempts were at defrauding the machines. Firstly, this is because it requires the casino player to have a deep technical understanding and secondly because the casinos want to avoid creating copycats.

The slot machine was invented back in the late 19th century but the history of machine manipulation is only just over 50 years old. Initially, they only paid out prizes like cigarettes, sweets, drink vouchers or chewing gum with the monetary aspect not coming into effect until the middle of the 20th century. This was only made possible due to the machines no longer being purely mechanical but electromechanical as well, it made them more reliable and interesting to the player but it also made them susceptible to fraudulent behaviour.

The issue of security or fraud was still not a big issue for many due to the fact that there were not many people experienced with this type of fraud. But it wasn’t long before someone gave some serious thought to how they’d go about cracking these systems and make a little money along the way. It’s a case of simple mechanics and electrics which for the resourceful tinkerer won’t be a problem for them to manipulate this to their advantage.

The Manipulated Coin

One popular method was to use a coin to manipulate the machine’s registered balance. This was accomplished by attaching the coin to the end of a long wire and then feeding it into the machine numerous times thus registering a positive balance. They would then simply play off this positive balance and collect any winnings. In no time at all they could empty a slot machine of all coins stored within. It was successful for a time because the slot mechanism could not detect the wire, only the coins’ structure, due to the wire being made of nylon.

Manipulated Coin – Play for Free
By Inserting a Coin you can Manipulate the Slot
When inserting the coin, you are telling the system what you want to do with the game you’re currently playing. You can either manipulate the coin itself or the mechanism when inserting the coin into the system.
Manipulated Money Ejection – Win Without Playing
Your Manipulated Winnings will be Ejected from the Slot Machine
The same can be said of the ejection of the coin. To outwit the machine, a signal needs to be sent to the cash memory or ejection mechanism which will trigger a payout regardless.

Another approach is the manipulation of the cash dispenser. This is normally controlled by the system, but if the player has some insider knowledge, they can easily carry it out. In some cases, magnets have been used to influence the delivery mechanism directly.

This led to slot machine manufacturers producing new security measures in an attempt to detect any sort of fraudulent behaviour on the coin slot. These days, slot machines are rarely extorted, as it takes an enormous amount of skill and patience to carry it out due to the use of electro-mechanics which allows for a very reliable detection of valid coins. Also, with the advent of CCTV, it has become even more difficult to pull it off.

Influencing the Course of the Game or the Results

 Documentary about the Monarch Diethard WendtlandOne of his most famous comments was “One day a machine said to me: Thank you for your attention. I need to give you money because that is all I can give you.”

It becomes more complicated when trying to manipulate the game itself. As more knowledge is required on how the machine functions. While there are a variety cash receivers and ejection systems used in many machines across the world, the actual details regarding the inner workings of the machines themselves are treated as trade secrets and only accessible by a few people. But there are some tech-savvy people out there and they’re always trying to figure out how the system operates making them targets for the authorities.

The first electromechanical games offered the possibility to stop the reels themselves. This allowed some skilful players with a good eye and fast fingers to beat winning combinations, therefore making reliable profits. The most famous example is “The Monarch” from Hamburg: Diethard Wendtland. This player especially liked playing at MINT machines to win serious amounts of cash. But this was not a scam, he just had a knack of cracking slot machines. In the 80s, there was a documentary produced in consultation with “The Monarch” himself. It involved a filmmaker accompanying him on a tour of Germany and interviewing him. He agreed for the documentary to be filmed, on the understanding that it would not be released until after the slots in question were no longer on the market.

As a result, machines were designed in a way where it was only possible to stop one reel. Later, it became impossible to stop any of the reels by yourself.  With the reels being stopped and started electronically, a resourceful player got the idea to trigger the stop by means of an electromagnetic pulse. This was implemented by the use of the small arc found in an electric lighter, which was similar to a piezo lighter. It generated the appropriate amperage required to create a magnetic field. With this momentum, the sensitive control of the reels could be altered. So with this in mind, the machine manufacturers have updated and upgraded their systems to make them significantly better at protecting them against external influences of all kinds.

Software Manipulation

Targeted Manipulation of the SoftwareOnce upon a time, there were no electromechanical game devices but now there are and the protective mechanisms in place make things very difficult for them to be cheated. With this in mind, the only way to be sure of successfully cracking them is with insider knowledge. On the other hand, there is a growing trend of software manipulation which you will need to have a very deep specialist knowledge of. Hardware weaknesses also present themselves, for example, when standard processing chips, like the ones found in everyday electronic devices, are used. The behaviour and possible weaknesses may be well-known but they are only capable of being exploited if you know the structure and operation of the remaining circuits.

A major coup d’état was played in this direction when software was loaded onto several machines in Germany, which had a profound influence on the distribution of payouts. Of course, it remained unnoticed for some time but it resulted in a larger crackdown which in turn resulted in the suspects being arrested. Exactly how this was realised was not disclosed by the prosecution, but there are two possible scenarios.

The first would be some software that would allow you to easily “update” the devices. Since this is not freely available, you would have to get this first. Either you have someone working for the software manufacturer or you’re entitled to do so as one of the employees. You still have to analyse the software to find out exactly how it works. For an expert, this is not a particularly big hurdle. The software must then be adapted and prepared to be installed on real devices. Exactly how the payouts are paid needs to be programmed into the machines beforehand. You could simply increase the odds to empty the machine. However, this could be easily detected due to many others playing and winning, therefore the machine would be removed.

Programmed Payout to Certain KeysIntriguingly, this works with a specific key combination, meaning you can leave the machine unattended allowing others to play the required sequence of keys and then return later to collect your winnings. This is also the best way, as the activation of a key combination would be inconspicuous to the use of video surveillance at the present time. Another reason to point out is that technical interferences are more likely to be noticed by experienced staff. The downside to this is that if the video recordings are studied in detail then the key combination is easily noticeable.

How Programmed Code is Smuggled ElectronicallyAnother option would be to exploit any weaknesses found within the electronic printed circuit board, which is made of plastic and for connecting various electronic components together. Certain circuits found upon boards like the one pictured, can, for example, be short-circuited using certain pins. This would cause a reboot of the entire system, therefore requiring a new installation of software via safe mode. This is provided, as a contingency plan, in case the software is no longer accessible due to various update errors to the system itself. Since such backdoors were used in the past as a gateway for serious manipulation (such as with the Digital Set-Top Box or Playstation hacks), they are now considered well-guarded company secrets with such access being increasingly backed up by additional encryption.

Exploiting Obvious Bugs

Nowadays, you don’t need to be a computer expert to cash out any unjustified winnings. This is because the software within the slot machines is becoming increasingly complex and the likelihood of any adverse malfunctioning increases. These pesky bugs certainly know every PC user and they’re also starting to occur within smartphones. Most minor problems can be resolved by restarting the app or software. Annoyingly, it is when the whole system crashes or freezes that bugs can also occur at critical points and if this error can be selectively reproduced, they offer the possibility of further manipulation of the software. Incidentally, this is the usual way for hackers to find software flaws that will allow the insertion and execution of native code.

Bugs Found in the Touch Operation of Modern Slot MachinesThe bugs can be inconspicuous but yet do so much damage. For example, not long ago, a player noticed that when playing Roulette, if they placed a bet and pressed Cancel at the same time (through touch screen operation), then their bets were credited back to them, but still remained on the table. Thus, the player made bets without any risk. But something like this doesn’t remain undetected for long and can be a player’s undoing. The excuse that they didn’t know they had done anything, isn’t usually accepted by the courts. The argument that they aren’t guilty, but the machine is, doesn’t hold up well with both the amusement arcades and the online casinos. This is classed as attempted fraud and is completely illegal. If you notice anything suspicious, you should notify the casino staff or customer service immediately.

Players Defrauded

But there aren’t only players who play with the intention to manipulate slot machines and so make a quick buck in the process (I strongly advise against this action!) There is also the scam on the player themselves which I’m sure has already occurred numerous times. And no I don’t mean the casino operator, which has regulations in place to stop them having the opportunity to cheat (you can find out more about the gambling regulations here). The scammer here is the provider of guaranteed winning strategies, there are many of them on the Internet. They are the owners of the “Holy Grail” of slot machine fraud. They offer their scams for free, for a small fee or as part of profit sharing scheme. This may seem a very noble gesture but I am sure you will be ripped off in “good faith”.

These sites don’t scare or even flinch when claiming that you will make huge financial gains through their software manipulation practices. They claim it is legal to carry out such software manipulation, as it is not an offense in the country where the casino is based. In many cases, they even quote their (fake) lawyers to confirm the validity of the practice. They present impressive looking videos, with payout confirmations from casinos, or showing how to win spin after spin on slot machines. Again, these types of videos do not contain genuine footage, and should not be trusted.

I can only recommend for you to not believe such promises! The only reason for them to do this, is to lure you to a particular online casino, for which they will earn a commission from said casino.

Another scam is for the provision of so-called bots. These small programs automatically play and taking advantage of weaknesses in the random number generator of the casino. I can assure you that these programs simply don’t work and don’t improve your chances of winning. In addition, the random number generators (RNG) are under constant supervision by the casinos and the regulatory authorities from whom the operator has received its gaming license. These analyses are periodically (usually monthly) created and detail payouts in which the fraud would be easily noticed.

Valuable Tips for Slot Players – What Makes Sense and What Doesn’t?

Aside from the fraudulent advice, there are numerous tips on the internet that can advise you on how to win on slot machines. Much of it is utter rubbish but there are some tips that have a point with only a few that should be really taken seriously. I will search through the usual and unusual slot machine tips advising you on whether they really work or not. This section is not complete, I will gradually add new advice and comments.