I’ve seen some speculation about the free versions of these games that’s worth sharing though. I have no way of knowing how accurate these observations are, but I trust the lady who shared them with me. This is pure speculation and completely anecdotal; I won’t share the name of the casino.
My friend tried the free casino games at a particular casino. She occasionally received advertisements from within the game encouraging her to try playing for real money. But she noticed something odd about her number of credits in the free version of the casino.
They kept going up.
She kept winning. If you’ve ever played at a real money casino, online or otherwise, you know that over time, a casino gambler’s bankroll doesn’t gradually get bigger. It gradually gets smaller. That’s because the games are designed to give the casino a mathematical edge over the player. The payouts for your winnings pay off at lower odds than your odds of winning would dictate in a “fair” game.
Her theory was that the free games were designed in the opposite manner, giving the player a small edge over the house. That’s why her bankroll kept growing. She was consistently winning more than she was losing, or at least she thought she was. She’s convinced that the casino set the free games up this way in order to encourage players to switch to the real money games. If it’s this easy to win on the free version of the games, why wouldn’t you want to try the real money games?
Of course, real money casinos don’t stay in business long by offering games with a long term positive expectation.
Free slots are more interesting than you’d initially expect them to be. The Internet has created these new factors to think about. In fact, before the Internet, people didn’t even think about free slot machine games much at all. They can be a fun diversion, but they can also be used as bait to lure gamblers into real money gambling on the Web. As long as you’re aware of that going in, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the occasional free game.