The visuals, the lights, the sounds, the experience you get playing slots is inexplicable. This is because they are designed to lure you to never leave their side. Literally. And, they offer a put-in-the-coin-and-roll method to attract you even more with their simplicity. Still, there’s a difference from one slot machine to another, and you need to know this before you even dare playing slots.
First of all, you need to know that any amount of money you choose to put in the machine will convert in credits, and you can see these credits on the screen. Let’s say you put $1.00 bill and you get 4 credits or 4 quarters. You are the one who decides whether to play with one credit (25 cents) or more. Each casino has its own policy about the maximum wager per line.
Now, here’s where it gets interesting. In the past, there were only slot machines with one line and the rules were simple: insert a coin, pull the handle, and if you see three same symbols, your winnings will show up on the big screen. Although there are still some casinos that offer one-line slot machines, people find them boring and almost everybody nowadays plays on the multi-line slot machines. Of course, these are a little bit more complicated. You can choose whether to play one or more credits on each line, or you can play with maximum credits. You can also decide for yourself how many lines you want to play.
There are different types of interpretations of the lines: they can be diagonal, straight across, zigzags etc. If you are lucky enough, you might even get a bonus which depends on the type of slot machine. A certain combination of symbols triggers the bonus. All of this depends on the machines and casino politics. Some machines do not provide you with the freedom to adjust your lines, and in this case, we are talking about fixed pay lines. Experts in slots claim that this type of machines are unfavorable because you don’t have the same amount of control over the gameplay.
Odds of Winning and Payouts
As you may have predicted, the odds of winning cannot be easily estimated. But, you may get a rough number by looking at the payback percentage of the machine. The closer the percentage is to 100% the more likely you’ll win. NetEnt’s Divine Fortune is one of the latest casino games that offer a high return to a player percentage.
Apparently, there are machines that have basically no house edge and are put in specific spots of the casino only to attract customers and make the gambling experience even more fun. These machines are known as “loose” and are usually situated near places such as restaurants, bars, exits, and entrances etc. When it comes to payouts, you usually have “Cash Out” or “Collect Winning” buttons and by pressing them, you get a ticket with the amount you won printed on it. You can use the same ticket to play on another machine or to claim your money at the cashier’s cage.