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Pseudo Random Isn't Random

4 November 2021

ABBY: Are casino games really random? Or are we being fooled into thinking this is so?

CINDY: Well, that’s a big question, isn’t it? If the casino games are not random doesn’t that open the door to players exploiting the games?

ABBY: I use as my first example the idea that the slot machines are actually run by the Random Number Generator. Players think this is actually a random game but the Random Number Generator or RNG is not random, it is pseudo-random and that means it is a created situation that is not random at all.

CINDY: Here is where the pseudo rubber hits the road. The programming of the slot machines is as close to random as a human mind can make it. No program is actually random but what the slot developers have done is get close to it. You aren’t going to be able to stand by a machine and figure out how it is choosing the winning and losing symbols. The programming is just too sophisticated for that. For all intents and purposes, it is random in its effects. That’s all the casino needs to beat the players.

ABBY: But some devices have been built to disrupt the slot machines’ programming, right? Wasn’t there some criminal group that figured out how to beat the machines?

CINDY: Yes, but mucking around with the machine is a criminal activity and anyone who does that is subject to arrest. They have not out-thought the machines, they have just burglarized it. I think such a crime might pay in the short run but these people always get caught. I am guessing jails are full of individuals who thought they could beat the house by breaking into the house.

ABBY: So no one can just watch a machine and beat it, correct?

CINDY: Correct.

ABBY: I think we also have to consider that most machines today don’t even deal in coins anymore; they are credit machines. People might put paper money in but they only get a ticket when they finish playing. A thief would have to hammer his or her way into the machine to steal the paper money or other credit slips. That would be a prison sentence and an easily caught future prisoner, I’m sure.

CINDY: So, stealing is out.

ABBY: Yes.

CINDY: Perhaps the only real way to beat the casino is to learn how to break into the vaults as they do in the Ocean’s 11 and Ocean’s 13 movies.

ABBY: But then you’d spend your whole life looking over your shoulder. Even money can’t make that seem good to me. I’ll take what I have right now and enjoy what I’ve got.

CINDY: You stole the words right out of my mouth.

ABBY: Uh oh, here we go with stealing again!

CINDY: It’s best to just play the games legitimately and forget the fancy stuff.

ABBY: Amen to that!
Royal Flushes

Abby Royal is a lawyer and Cindy Royal is a school administrator. Together, they are the Royal Flushes. The sisters play weekly or bi-weekly in such venues as Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Pennsylvania and Indian casinos throughout the country. They also enjoy the casinos on cruise ships. They know their stuff and have some great stories about their exploits.
Royal Flushes
Abby Royal is a lawyer and Cindy Royal is a school administrator. Together, they are the Royal Flushes. The sisters play weekly or bi-weekly in such venues as Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Pennsylvania and Indian casinos throughout the country. They also enjoy the casinos on cruise ships. They know their stuff and have some great stories about their exploits.