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Slot Machine Essentials

How Slots Work


Slot machines are the most popular casino games. They are easy to play and they account for the majority of the money taken in by the casinos. While many people enjoy playing the slot machines, most are not aware of how they operate. There are many myths surrounding how they work and how they pay off. Here is some information to help show you how a slot machine works.

History of the Slot Machine

Charles Fey is credited with inventing the slot machine in 1897. No one could imagine the impact his invention would have on the gaming world.

How a Slot Machine Works

Ever wonder how slot machines can offer life changing Jackpots? The payback and frequency of hits is determined by the number reels and the number of symbols on each reel. Modern slots are different from the old mechanical ones. Here is a look at how the slot machines operate.

Understanding the Random Number Generator

The Random Number Generator (RNG) is the brains of the slot machine. While most player know that there is a computer chip picking the numbers, they do not fully understand how it works and this can lead to some of the many myths and misconceptions about a slot machine.

Slot Machine Pay Back Percentages

Payback is the overall percentage that a machine will return to the player in the long run. The payback percentage is the profit that the casinos can expect to earn over the lifetime of the machine. The average player will never play long enough to see the overall return.

Frequency versus Payback

There are two terms associated with the slot machines that are sometimes used interchangeably albeit incorrectly by the players. Here is the difference and how they affect you as a player.

How to Read a Slot Machine

Slot machines may look alike but there are some important differences in the type of game that is being offered. You need to read the front of the machine to determine the type of games before you sit down to play.

Progressive Slot Machines

Progressive slot machines offer jackpots that are larger than usual. In some cases these jackpots are large enough to be life changing. There are also some progressive machine

Read the Help Screen

Some of the new video slot games can be confusing. Although the new slots don not come with a manual, they do offer the next best thing in the way of a Help Screen that will explain how the game is played. If you are playing a game you never played before it is a good idea to spend a minute looking at the help screen so you understand the game.

Slot Myths

The slot machine is an electronic device that is controlled by a computer chip. There are many myths and misconceptions about how a slot machine works. Many people think they can do something to change the outcome of the random number generator. Here are some answers to the most popular myths.
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