Online Slot Machine Strategy

Sometimes called ONE-ARMED BANDITS, arising from the single handle used to operate the machines, slot machines are by far the most popular from of casino gaming. The typical Las Vegas Strip casino will have literally thousands of these noisy, colorful machines promising jackpots ranging from hundreds to millions of dollars! The first such mechanical gambling devices were simple novelties that did not return coins but presented gambling opportunities, such as toy horses that would race after a coin was inserted. Devices such as these, set on a bar in a saloon, promoted wagering between patrons. By 1892 machines that paid off in coins were in existence, usually in the form of a circular display with a spinning indicator that came to rest or pointed to a number, color, or picture. Early in the 20th century the slot machine evolved into its present three- to five-reel form. Symbols used in slot machines are limited only by the ingenuity of the designer. Some commonly used symbols are fruits (cherries, plums, lemons etc.), bars, bells, stars and lucky 7s.

A slot machine is operated by dropping one or more coins into a slot to activate from 3 to 5 reels marked with various symbols. The machine is activated by pulling on the large handle at the side of the machine or, in the case of modern electronic machines, pressing buttons on the front of the machine which set the wheels spinning. The machine pays off by dropping coins into a trough at the bottom of the machine. The amount won depends on the amount wagered and the specific combination of symbols that line up when the spinning reels come to rest. The winning combinations can be found in a paytable displayed on the front of the machine. Casinos will advertise machines that have a 98.5 percent payback. A casino game holding just a percent and a half, and on a slot machine no less. But there’s a down side. If you look closely at the advertisement, it will probably say “on select machines.” Furthermore, it probably won’t be posted on the machine itself, and it will generally be limited to a single bank of machines in the casino. Now it becomes your responsibility to find them. Easiest way: Ask a slot employee, and if he or she doesn’t know, have one of them ask a direct supervisor.