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Types of Slot Machines
There are two basic types:
2.) 3-line, 3-reel Machines: You win by lining up the proper symbols on any of three pay lines. The payoffs increase proportionally. The same symbols that would win you 20 coins on a one-line, three wheel machine would only pay ten coins on the first line, 20 on the second and 40 on the third.
3.) 5-line, 3-reel Machines: Pays off on the three horizontal and on two diagonal lines as well. Thus, you have a five-line play.
4.) Low-level Machines: Have a built-in chair, so you can sit down comfortably with the machine at elbow level. These machines come in all the same standard types: 1-line, 3-line, and 5-line.
5.) Stand-up Machines: You either sit on a stool or stand to play.
6.) Pay-for-Play Machines: You only qualify for the wins associated with the number of coins you insert. One coin allows you to win on one line. Two coins allow you to win on two lines or twice the payout. 3 coins allow you to win on all 3 lines or three times the payout (depending on the machine)
7.) High-tech Machines: Only differ in appearance (Elvis Presley or Star Wars design or whatever). Payouts are the same.
8.) Progressive Jackpot Machines: Slots tied to banks, or carousels, of machines so that coins inserted will increase the jackpot of all the machines that are tied together. In Nevada there are machines that are tied together statewide. The Megabucks machine in Nevada starts the jackpot at $5 million.
25c machines pay out more than the 5c ones. Dollar
slots payout more than the 25c machines, and $5 machines payout more
than the $1 machines.
Pay attention to what machine you play. In this example you start off with $100 at each machine and you can see how fast you loose the money after 15 pulls.
Where to play
The best paying slots can be found in the most busy gambling areas, like the big casinos in Nevada, Mississippi, Colorado etc. and not in isolated areas or cruise ships. There are newsletters and monthly magazines that list slot machine payout percentages by state, area and individual casinos.
Generally, the best paying slots are placed near the change boths, so people change more money when hearing lots of people winning, and near the coffee shops, so people eat faster to get back to the machines. Players are more likely to play when they see winners, so probably the loose slots are placed in areas that are highly visible.
Tight machines are normally placed on either side of
a loose one. When you find one that is paying off, don't play the ones
on either side of it.
Random Number Generator (RNG)
These programs are set according to the percentage of payout that the Casino has decided on. Although they can set any maximum they want, there is a minimum that is established by the Gambling Commission whose jurisdiction they are under.
Most important Tips
Play the highest denomination machines that fall into your budget. The higher the denomination, the higher the payout.
Play slots at best locations, those that advertise high returns, and those that are listed in various publications as being the best.
Always read the machine's payout table prior to inserting any money and always insert the maximum amount of coins.
Play the coins in your hand / rack, and not the ones on the credits. This way you can track the game and leave the machine when you're winning.
Divide your bankroll by days of stay and that by sessions per day to know how much you can spend per hour. Example: $1000 / 4 days / 3 sessions = You can lose $65 per session.
Play 3-reel machines only. Chances to hit the jackpot are 8,000 to 1 for
3-reels, 160,000 to 1 for 4-reels, and 3,000,000 to 1 for 5-reels.
Join all the slots clubs offered by the casino. Joining is for free, and you will get back some of your investment in the form of comps.
Play in slots tournaments. Entry is free and the wins are high. Ask for them wherever you go. They are fun and inexpensive.