Electronic craps games, such as bubble craps or stadium craps, use random number generators (RNGs) to determine the outcomes of the dice rolls, much like slot machines. The key challenge in electronic craps machines is to create the appearance of randomness and unpredictability in the way the physical dice land while ensuring that the final outcome aligns with the predetermined result generated by the RNG. Achieving this balance involves careful engineering and calibration of the machine’s components to minimize bias and predictability.
However, there are some key distinctions to consider between live and electronic craps:
- RNG for Dice Rolls: In electronic craps games, the RNG determines the outcome of the dice rolls. This means that, as you mentioned, the result is determined the moment you place your bet, whether by pressing a button or pulling a handle. Traditional live craps tables, on the other hand, rely on physical dice and the shooter’s throw, which introduces an element of skill and chance that electronic versions may not capture in the same way.
- Payout Rates: Electronic craps games, like slot machines, are designed to adhere to specific payout percentages regulated by gaming commissions. These percentages ensure that over the long term, the casino will make a profit. Payout rates can vary between different electronic craps machines and jurisdictions.
- Dice Control: In live craps, skilled players can sometimes influence the outcome through dice control techniques but in most casinos that is not longer possible and is now a scam if they claim to control dice. This level of skill and strategy is not applicable in electronic versions since the RNG determines the outcome independently of any physical factors.
Regarding how the machine sets the dice to the number selected by the RNG, the specific mechanics can vary between different machines and manufacturers. However, here’s a general idea of how it works:
- RNG-Generated Outcome: The electronic craps machine uses an RNG to generate a random number when a player initiates a dice roll. This random number corresponds to a specific combination of dice values, such as a total of 7 or any other possible outcome.
- Matching the RNG Outcome: Before releasing the physical dice, the machine positions them in a specific way to match the predetermined outcome generated by the RNG. This is done to ensure that the physical dice will land in a manner that corresponds to the outcome dictated by the RNG.
- Dice Release: The machine then releases the physical dice onto the playing surface. The dice bounce and roll based on their initial positions, the force with which they were launched, and the table’s surface.
- Confirmation: After the dice have come to a stop, the machine checks whether the actual landing positions of the physical dice match the predetermined outcome that was generated by the RNG. If they match, the predetermined outcome is confirmed, and payouts are calculated accordingly.
In this context, the “predetermined outcome” refers to the result generated by the electronic craps machine’s RNG, not the player’s intentions or desired outcome. The player’s actions, such as pressing the button to initiate the roll, trigger the process, but the final outcome is determined by the machine’s RNG and the physical configuration of the dice as set by the machine.
While electronic craps games may lack the tactile and social aspects of traditional live craps, they offer advantages in terms of speed and convenience. However, some players may perceive that electronic craps machines have a different feel or rhythm compared to traditional live craps tables, as there is no human shooter involved, and the entire process is automated. This can lead to a perception that the outcomes are less random, even though the machines are designed to provide truly random results in accordance with the RNG.
What if it fails to land as expected?
If the physical dice on an electronic craps machine fail to land in the expected manner, meaning they do not match the predetermined outcome generated by the RNG, the result is typically treated as a random event that didn’t align with the intended outcome.
In such cases, the electronic craps machine will assess the actual outcome based on the position of the physical dice when they come to rest, regardless of whether it matches the RNG-generated expectation. Payouts or losses for players are determined based on the actual outcome.
It’s important to understand that while the machine is designed to configure the dice to increase the likelihood of achieving the desired result, there is always some degree of unpredictability due to the physics involved in how the dice land. This unpredictability is a fundamental aspect of any game of chance, including craps, and it’s why outcomes are considered random.
It’s essential to be aware that electronic craps games, like all casino games, are designed to favor the house over time. Understanding the rules, odds, and payout rates is crucial for any player. If you have concerns about the fairness or operation of a specific electronic craps machine, it’s a good idea to contact the gaming commission or regulatory authority overseeing the casino for clarification and assurance of fairness.