At first glance, all slot machines look like they are all alike. There are handles, coin slots, flashing lights… but they are far from same. There is a lot of information that is useful in determining which machine is the right one for the player.
The right way to separate one machine from another is to first read the payout schedule on the front side. On all typical slot machines, there is marked denomination of the coin.
It is common for a player to insert a coin of wrong denomination, resulting in the machine to drop it back into the tray. After more careful observation, the player discovers that the denomination is wrong (for example a quarter coin is inserted in a dollar machine). This is the first thing that should be considered.
Types of Slots
A Multiplier is a machine that has a payout for a certain symbol. If the player gets three same symbols for 1 played coin, the machine pays 5 coins. If the player plays 2 coins, the machine pays 10. 15 are paid for 3 played coins and so on. There is no penal for not playing maximum coins so it is a great machine if you consider playing one coin at a time.
Bonus Multiplier is a machine with a similar operation like the Multiplayer except for the bonus that is offered when a maximum number of coins is played and the jackpot is hit. For the same three symbols won by playing the maximum number of coins, the bonus can be tenfold the sum of one coin played. For example, if the jackpot for one coin is 1000, for two coins 2000, for maximum coins can be 10 000.
Multiple Payline, as the name suggests, is a type of machine that has more lines of play which are activated by separate coins. The number of lines goes from 3 to up to 9 lines on the modern video machines. If the player hits a win on a line that is not activated by a coin, there’s no pay to be received.
Buy-a-Pay machines are the most misunderstood because each coin is activating a different payout. For the largest jackpot to be received, there is need to play the maximum number of coins. Those machines should be avoided in any case except if you are playing on the maximum number of coins. Let’s take for example the Sizzlin 7’s, a machine that pays for cherries, bars, and sevens. Playing on one coin collects only the cherries, two coins collects the cherries and the bars, and only three coins play collects the sevens which pay 1000. Hitting the jackpot with one coin gives nothing.
Progressive slots are made in a way that a certain percentage of the played sum is added to the jackpot pool. The payback of all of the lesser wins is lowered by the percentage and the money go to the big prize, a life-changing jackpot that is kept by several linked casinos. Examples of such machines are Megabucks and Quarter Mania.
This scheme of progressive jackpots may also function within the same casino, creating a sort of mini-jackpot.
- Slot machines are otherwise known as Fruit machines in Britain, Puggy in Scotland, Pokies in Australia.
- The largest slot machine was the Super Big Bertha. Two meters wide and two and a half meters high, it cost one million dollars in today’s money to be made. The lever was impossible to be kickstarted so there was a five horsepower motor installed. The odds of winning were 25 billion to one, so think twice when complaining about losing the bingo.
- Slot machines always function random. Using the Random Number Generator, they are never due to payout as many people hope so. Unfortunately, there is no way of beating that system, something that many players claim they know how to do.
- Las Vegas is the slot machines capital of the world. There are 200 000 machines in the city, approximately one slot for every eight residents.
- The highest slot machine wins so far is claimed by a 25-year software engineer from LA who got 39 million dollars. The biggest jackpot ever was won on a 100 dollar deposit on a Megabucks machine at the Excalibur casino.
- Slots are always themed. Nowadays there is no such thing as a regular fruit machine. At least with online slots, themes are mandatory. Games based on celebrities, movies, and werewolves are always attracting the beginners.
- The payout percentage differs between land-based and online slots. It is essentially the percentage of winnings out of the total stakes. It is a theoretical lifetime of played games, calculated by the awarded wins. Brick & mortar slots have 85% of average while the online average is 96%. The difference lies in the fact that land-based machines undergo a lot of maintenance, something that is a lot cheaper with the online ones.