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The popularity of slots is not difficult to understand.
- First, slots allow a person to enjoy casino gambling at low or high stakes.
- Second, many people like the slots because no human interaction is required. Absent in slot play is the adversarial atmosphere of the table games. Machines are less intimidating than dealers and pit bosses. A patron can sit at a machine for as long as his stamina and money last and never be bothered by a soul.
- Finally, slot machines are simple, or at least ostensibly so.
Although there are a number of things you should know before you play the slots, the only thing you have to know is how to press the spin button.
A modern slot machine is actually a computer with a highly specialized program that randomly decides how much and how often you will win on any given play. Most of the time, the computer decides that you lose, but occasionally it decides that you win.
How they work.
You insert a amount of coins into the slot machine and press the spin button. The idea is still simple: Get three (sometimes four) cherries (Elvi, sevens, dinosaurs, whatever) in a row and you win something.
Increasingly popular are the video-based machines, which complicate matters even further by offering multiple pay lines (that barely qualify as a line they are so convoluted) and multiple ways to play.
Each machine has its own combination, so be sure to check the payoff schedule that tells you all the winning combinations. Some pay you something with just one symbol showing; on most, the more combinations there are, the more opportunities for loot.
After you decide how much you want to bet, you have to decide between progressive and so-called flat-top machines. Here's the lowdown on each of these machines:
- Flat-top machines have a fixed high-end limit of how much you can win. For example, hit three gold bars and you win 1,000 coins - but never any more or less.
- Progressive machines offer unlimited high-end winnings as the jackpot grows, and the pot grows each time you put a coin in. If you play on a progressive machine, those three gold bars can win you different amounts, depending on how much money has accumulated in the jackpot. Most progressive slots are located in carousels - groups of machines that contribute to one central jackpot. The first person to hit the big one wins the big jackpot. These carousels are easy to find: Just look for the large electronic signs above them displaying the jackpot amount.
Most slot machines take 2 "credits", 3 credits, or up to 45 credits at a time. Many even have more than one set of reels (meaning that you can win on more than one "line" horizontally, vertically, or diagonally). Some include bonus wheels that spin and award you extra dough. Don't worry, though, it's not all that complicated: If you study a machine carefully for just a few moments before you play it (or watch someone else who is playing a similar machine), you get a good handle on all the rules and your possible winnings.