As reported by Freep.com: "QUESTION: Is there a way you can you tell whether a slot machine is going to hit? Should I stay on my favorite machine if it's not paying? -- Anna P.
but there's no way to know when a slot machine is going to hit. The computer within chooses the results of each spin without regard for what has happened in the past or will happen in the future. It's all random.
As to how long you should stay on any particular machine, stay as long as you are having fun. If you're getting discouraged because a machine's not coughing up enough money, get up and move along.
There's no sense chaining yourself to a cold machine, even if it's your favorite..."
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