Slot Machines - The Basics

Written by Tom McBroom

Slot machines are by farrepparttar easiest - and one ofrepparttar 142337 most fun - games inrepparttar 142338 casino to play. Simply insert your coin and pullrepparttar 142339 handle. One ofrepparttar 142340 oldest jokes inrepparttar 142341 world is to call slot machines "one armed bandits" because - with some ofrepparttar 142342 highest odds against you inrepparttar 142343 casino, that is exactly what they were - and still are! However, it's now more appropriate to simply call them bandits, because you don't have to pullrepparttar 142344 handle anymore - just push a button. Electrical motors and computer chips do everything else.


Decades ago, when slot machines were young, they were basically mechanical devices. The force ofrepparttar 142345 handle being pulled down turnedrepparttar 142346 metal gears that turnedrepparttar 142347 wheels onrepparttar 142348 machine.

Later on, electrical motors were added to turnrepparttar 142349 wheels andrepparttar 142350 force ofrepparttar 142351 handle being pulled no longer had any bearing onrepparttar 142352 results. In fact, you no longer had to pull repparttar 142353 handle, sincerepparttar 142354 wheels were electrical. All you had to do was pushrepparttar 142355 "play" button to startrepparttar 142356 wheels. The odds were controlled by how many winning symbols were on each wheel.

More recently, most casinos have are converting to computerized slot machines that no longer have wheels at all - just a computer screen that plays a video simulating spinning wheels. A computer "random number generator" determinesrepparttar 142357 results. As soon as you put your coins in,repparttar 142358 result is predetermined.

Slot Machine Odds

Written by Tom McBroom

It probably more appropriate to call slot machines entertainment than gambling, asrepparttar house always - and we mean always - has an edge with slot machines.

The average slot machine payout ranges from an average of 85% to 99% of all coins bet. The lowerrepparttar 142336 denomination ofrepparttar 142337 machine,repparttar 142338 lowerrepparttar 142339 payout. This is becauserepparttar 142340 casino wants to make a certain amount per hour with its slots. With a one dollar slot machine,repparttar 142341 casino can payback perhaps 98% and make it's hourly goal. With a lower denomination machine, such as quarters or nickels,repparttar 142342 payout must be much lower to achieverepparttar 142343 same hourly pay forrepparttar 142344 casino

There are two types of slot machine payouts: flat rate and progressives. A flat rate machine paysrepparttar 142345 same percentage based on only that machine's results. With progressive machines, many machines are linked together electronically andrepparttar 142346 jackpot gets progressively largerrepparttar 142347 more players that play andrepparttar 142348 greaterrepparttar 142349 time in between winning jackpots.

Our advice is to playrepparttar 142350 flat rate machines and avoidrepparttar 142351 progressives. The odds against winningrepparttar 142352 jackpot are much higher on progressives. In many cases, your odds of winningrepparttar 142353 state lottery are better! Playrepparttar 142354 non-progressive machines where you at least have a chance atrepparttar 142355 jackpot.


The answer to this question depends on one thing: isrepparttar 142356 jackpot bigger proportionally for maximum coins bet? If it is, play maximum coins. If it isn't, then simply playrepparttar 142357 minimum and your money will last longer.

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