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Casino Myth #1: Casinos pump oxygen in to keep you up longer & play more.
False: Adding anything to the air patrons breathe would be a violation of state and federal air quality laws. Casinos say they do not do this.
Casino Myth #2: Slot machines near the doors and aisle pay out more often than other machines, so newcomers will see patrons winning.
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False: This is absolutely untrue, according to casinos. If it were, no one would play the machines in the middle of the aisles. They all pay the same.
Casino Myth #3: If a slot machine has been "cold" for a half hour or so, it is due for a big payout.
False: Casinos say this is also untrue: A computer number generating program determines when a machine pays out. It could be twice in a row, or just once over 2 hours.
Casino Myth #4: Security officials, watching on hidden camera, decide when a certain patron is due a big win, and hit the "trigger."
False: This would violate casino gaming rules, so it is untrue as well. The house cannot decide when someone wins, or they could play favorites with their friends and relatives.
Casino Myth #5: You can increase your odds at the slots by keeping track of the lemons and other symbols, and then figure out when it is due to pay.
False: Slot machines are programmed by a "random number generator." The lemons, other symbols, and even the handle are just for show these days, casinos say. Counting spins and symbols would not even help 'Rainman'.
Casino Myth #6: A computer determines when and where the Roulette wheel stops.
False: Unlike slot machines, casinos say Roulette wheels are not programmed by computers, but the laws of physics and gravity.
Casino Myth #7: Craps games (dice) have hot and cold tables.
False: It all depends on the roll of the die. The table does not determine how the dice falls.
Casino Myth #8: Big winners are given free meals and hotel rooms.
False: Most casinos would rather see big winners not come back. It's the biggest spenders who get the freebies, so that they continue to come back and dropthose $100 bills.
Casino Myth #9: Casinos "loosen" the slot machines when first open, to pay more frequently, so that more people go home happy and will tell their friends.
Why it could be true: This myth may have some truth to it, according to gambling experts. While no casino will admit to loosening its machines to pay more, it is very easy to do (as they are now controlled by computer).