Our website and this article do not condone or encourage cheating. It is an entertaining article that discusses methods and tools used to hack and manipulate slot machines over the years. You must never cheat. Period. Understanding the parts of a slot machine that cheaters' tools target is essential before considering cheaters' devices. Historically, slot machines used mechanical reels to generate their results. Classic methods of cheating involve controlling the reels, so the winning combination stops on the pay line. It is also possible to hack vintage or modern slot machines by taking money or coins from them. Cheaters find ways to trigger the coin slot mechanism for older machines without paying anything to get free spins. Criminals find new ways to exploit these machines as new machines only accept bills and older machines accept coins. A cheater can stick a sticker on a bill to get many spins for very little money. In modern slot machines, cheaters managed to alter the source code to control the reels. It is possible to access the inner workings, allowing for combinations that yield high payouts. A second method is to determine how the random number generators work. The cheater can figure out the algorithm to spin the reels when there is a high chance of winning large amounts of money. The purpose of cheat codes is to force a slot game to payout.
Slot Cheating Devices
Developed by Tommy Glenn Carmichael, who was a well-known hacker who has been rigging slot machines for 40 years using the light wand. This is a device that targets the coin payout mechanism of a slot machine. Using its shape and bulb, Carmichael uses the wand to cover the optical sensor within the coin slot.
A small win is all that Carmichael needs to cause the machine to release its coin using this cheating method. Sensors are usually installed on slot machines to detect how much money should be dispensed to prevent fraud. Carmichael can use the light wand to prevent the machine from knowing how much it has disbursed. A small win with this method allows Tommy to empty a machine.
Scammers operate this scam by opening a mechanical slot and attaching an extended piano wire to the reel mechanism. Previously rigged slots will be played by the accomplice when placed onto the gambling floor.