Slot machines in casinos are the top money earner. In the late 90's the slot machine builder, IGT came out with a new machine called visions. They were simply already everyday common casino slot machines with an added feature, a bonus. Most of these came out as a monitor located somewhere in the top section of the machine. Ninety percent of these machines were beatable slot machines. Yes beatable, you can win on slots! How you ask? It was secret that was actually a very simple concept.
A traditional slot machine has a random generator which is activated and chooses the spin the moment your first credit is activated. This is what determines what you hit on the pay line and what the machines final percentages will be. Traditionally the higher you go in conviction on a slot, the better the percentage it is set. So how do you win?
On a Vision machine from IGT the difference is this. The percentages on the pay line is far less than a traditional machine. This is because some of the percentage is added to the bonus on the Visions. This bonus which is usually found in the video screen can be many different ones. Have you ever seen a picture of a cartoon looking cherry pie in a monitor on top of a cherry pie slot machine? Or a picture of a diamond mine that has a little cartoon looking screen flashing while while you play. These are two of the many IGT Visions we are discussing.
There are hundreds of different styles of beatable IGT Visions, the Cherry Pie and Diamond Mine are two of the most popular machines here. As an example we will go into the details on the Diamond Mine. The Diamond Mine (like almost all IGT Visions) has a video screen at the top. There will be 3 columns that hold up to 10 Diamonds each. The traditional version is on a Double Diamond machine. On the reels all is the same except the added diamond. Not the Double Diamond emblems that represent 2 x on the pay line, but actual graphics of a diamond. This diamond does not count for anything on the pay line. It only adds 1, 2, or 3 diamonds (depending if you bet 1, 2, or 3) into the columns above on the video screen when you hit a diamond on the adjent reel.
When you get 10 diamonds in any one column, you get 10 credits. There are simply 2 things to know about a Diamond Mine.
1) How many Diamonds must it already have? (How many Diamonds are needed on the machine before you can play it with a positive expectation)
2) How many coins do you need to bet each spin. (This depends on the pattern of Diamonds divided in the 3 columns).
The Diamond Mine is one of the least volatile beatable slots (bonus comes very fast) of all the visions and why it is one of the most popular with 'Hustlers' that have a short bankroll. We will provide a link below to a website with the full information.
One last note:
If you ever played a lot of slots, I bet this happened to you. You noticed it looked like every time you were on certain machines, someone was over your shoulder watching you play. If it was a IGT Vision there is a good chance there was indeed! These are the guys that knew about this long ago and the same people that often caused many to be taken out of casinos. They would tell friends about it until so many people knew about it, they would literally almost break out in a fight when a machine was left with a "Full Bonus".
Those days are far gone, which is honestly a good thing for someone trying to just have a good time and not blow all their cash in the casino. The reason they are gone, is there are FAR less beatable slots today in casinos so there are far less people doing it today.