OBJECT OF THE GAME
Line ’em up to win. Identical symbols in a row is generally all it takes. But it’s good to know that machines vary: some combinations are left to right while others feature different winning patterns.
HOW SLOT MACHINES WORK
THE RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR
THE RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR
Yes, slots really are random. The Random Number Generator (RNG) is a computer chip inside every slot machine that makes a thousand mathematical calculations per second.
As soon as you hit that button to initiate the spin, the RNG freezes on a random set of numbers that determine the corresponding symbols on the reels, and those symbols appear on your machine.
WHAT DOES THE RNG MEAN FOR YOUR GAME?
The outcome is determined by the RNG the second you hit the spin button. The spinning symbols just add entertainment to the game. There are simply no strategies to beat a slot machine – the RNG makes every win purely random.
BREAKING SLOTS DOWN
What are paylines, credits and paytables? Let’s break slots down to the details.
HOW TO PLAY IN 4 EASY STEPS
Start with a game plan; set a budget in advance and stick to it.
Know that every win is totally random.
Know what you’re playing for: Check the machine’s paytable to understand its payouts and bets. Or ask a slot attendant.
Load up your machine. Choose your paylines, set your bet, hit the button. Stay cool and have fun.
START WITH A GAME PLAN
SET A BUDGET
Decide how much you want to spend in advance. Treat slots as part of your entertainment budget: Money you’d spend on a night out, not expecting to bring it home.
DON'T BRING CREDIT CARDS
To make sure you only spend what you bring, use cash and leave the cards at home.
SET A WIN LIMIT
It’s no fun to be up and then lose it all. When you’re winning, decide in advance when it’s time to walk away. Some players set this at the point when they double their money.
Loading up the machine
Ready to play? Slots accept cash or tickets with cash value called TITO, or “ticket in, ticket out”.
If you want to bail after a few spins once you've put in your money, just hit the cash-out button. You'll get back a TITO ticket with the remaining money on it - all set to use on other machines, or to cash in.
How to Set Your Bet in Slots
Here’s an easy guide to setting your bet:
Credit value: Note the machine’s credit value, for example, pennies, nickels or dollars
Paylines: Choose how many paylines you want to bet on
Credits Per Spin: Multiply the number of paylines by the machine’s credit value
Cost Per Spin: Multiply the number of credits per spin by the actual cost per credit
Example: If you bet the max of nine paylines on a nickel machine, the credits per spin will be 45. Since the machine calls for five cents per credit, the total cost per spin (and of your bet) is $2.25.
Because of how the cost per spin is calculated, penny and nickel machines aren’t always the lowest-cost way to play. Playing multiple paylines can cost upwards of $1 per spin on a penny machine – so a 50-cent machine might have been a better choice if you’re trying to spend less per spin.
You set your bet by choosing which paylines to bet on. But if a payline you didn’t bet on ends up winning, you won’t win on that turn.
Types of slot machines
Slot machines offer a variety of fun and excitement, from vibrant themes to styles of play. Discover the differences in the machines and ways to play here.