Slot Machine Strategy

November 22nd, 2017

Slot Machine Strategy

By: Ben Johnson

Slots are games of chance with symbols displayed on reels. The objective is to spin the reels so the symbols form a winning combination in the payline(s). The payout is dependant on the winning combination formed. There are two types of slot machines, straight slots and progressive slots. The straight slots have fixed payouts and generally offer more payouts that a progressive machine. The progressive slots offer a jackpot and a player needs to play the maximum number of coins to be able to win the jackpot. The reason the progressive slots pay less frequently than the straight slots is to build the jackpot. If you follow these simple tips you can increase your chances of winning.

Play at slot machines that offer higher return percentages or payouts. Usually the higher the denomination played, the higher the payout. For example, a 25¢ slot machine will have a higher payout than a 5¢ machine

Play at slot machines for short periods of time. The longer you play, the greater the chance of winning for the house

Decide in advance how much your bankroll is for a session and stand by your decision

Don’t forget that the credit amount showing on the slot machines is real money

Look for and play at casinos that offer the highest payouts. 7 Sultans Casino has a high average slot payout of 96.75%

Slot History:

The slot machine was first built by Charles Fey in 1898. Originally from Germany, the mechanic moved to San Francisco where he built the 5¢ Liberty Bell slot machine. The slot machine was quickly outlawed and in 1902 was banned from the saloons in Nevada and California. To keep the slot machines around, the symbols on the slot reels were changed from pictures of playing cards to fruits (cherries, lemons) and gum package labels. These symbols are still in use today with the exception of the gum package label which has been replaced by the BAR symbol.

Types of Slot Machines:

3 Reel Slots – are the classic slot machines which have 3 reels and a single payline horizontally across the center

Multi-line Slots – can have more that 3 reels and have paylines horizontally across the center, vertically down the middle and diagonally from corner to corner

Progressive Slots – are powered by a network of slots linked together to offer jackpots which are constantly accumulating – a player needs to play the maximum number of coins to be able to win the jackpot

Bonus Slots – are similar to classic slot machines but also offer extra prizes like free spins, cash prizes and bonus rounds – a player needs to play the maximum number of coins to be able to win the jackpot.

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Slot Machine Myths

November 22nd, 2017

Slot Machine Myths

By: Jason Hahn

Slot machines are a popular draw in casinos around the world, and even though each country has their different varieties of slot machines, the basic notion behind them all is the same. Traditionally, slot machines are coin-operated machines with three or more reels that spin whenever a lever on the side of the machine is pulled and released. Slot machines are affectionately nicknamed “one-armed bandits” because of their one-armed appearance.

Newer variations of the machine allow players to insert cash or even paper tickets with barcodes in order to play slot machines. Some of the more recent slot machines will even have a touch screen that starts the reels spinning.

Now, on to debunking some of the more popular myths about slot machines:

– The average slot machine never gets hot or cold. This is because the odds of a person hitting a winning combination of reels are determined by a random number generator that is built into the slot machine’s software. The odds never change.

Amusement with prizes (AWP) machines in Britain are the exception to this rule. These AWP machines are progressive, meaning that the chances of someone hitting a winning combination increases over time if the machine has not paid out yet. Some of these machines will also grant winning combinations if it will help the machine to meet certain payout percentages.

– Though there is a logic behind where slot machines are placed out on the gambling floor, higher paying machines are not placed in areas with more traffic. Machines with similar payout percentages are put together.

– The temperature of the coins inserted into the slot machine will not affect the payout received. Slot machines do not sense temperature and payout different percentages depending on the temperature of the coins used.

– Using a slot club card will not affect the slot machine’s payout. The card only allows the casino to monitor how much a player gambles with and the corresponding amenities that should be granted.

– In most jurisdictions, slot machines cannot have their payout percentages altered depending on the time of day or day of the week by punching in some numbers into a computer. To do this would require the replacement of parts inside of the slot machine and in many areas it would also require regulatory supervision.

Once again, British AWP machines is an exception to this rule, as these machines have percentage keys and dip switches, and changing the percentages does not require any supervision.

– Contrary to popular belief, a slot machine that has not paid out in a long time is not “due to hit.” It is impossible to determine when a machine is due to hit since each spin is a random event and has no dependency on the spin before.

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