Slot Machines Explained


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The world’s most popular casino game comes in a wide variety of styles, themes, rules, and names. Whether you call them slot machines, fruit machines, pokies, fruities, puggies, or one-armed bandits, there’s a lot to know about how they work and how to play them well.

On a traditional machine, a player inserts cash or, in ticket-in, ticket-out machines, a paper ticket with a barcode into a designated slot. The machine then spins a number of reels and stops them at various positions to reveal symbols. If the symbols form a winning combination, the player earns credits based on the pay table. Most modern machines use a computer to produce random numbers that correspond to positions on the reels. These numbers are then mapped to stops on the reels by an internal sequence table.

The pay table for a slot game shows an example of each symbol, alongside how much you can win for landing (typically) three, four, or five matching symbols on a payline. The pay table will also highlight any special symbols, like the Wild symbol, together with an explainer of how they work. In addition, the pay table will list any bonus features that can be activated – from Scatter and Bonus symbols to Megaways, mystery pick games, and more. Normally, the pay table is clearly explained and fits in with the overall theme of the slot.