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How to Play Slots
Slots Machine Tips
The objective of playing slots is to bet coins or credit and spin the machine's "reels" so that symbols line up on the machine's "paylines", as described in the machine's "payout" schedule. Players can choose how many coins or how much credit to bet per payline and how many paylines to bet on.
The game's payout table describes what the winning combinations are and what each winning combination is worth. The value of each winning combination is dependant on the amount the player has bet.
Some machines give the player the opportunity to win money via secondary game. This usually involves the player betting half or all of his/her winnings on the possibility that a hidden card is either red or black. Some machines also offer free and/or 'feature' games.
There are generally two kinds of slots machines: standard and progressive. Standard machines function on their own and payout winnings according to their payout table. Progressive machines are a series of machines linked up to each other. These machines share a common jackpot or jackpot values. The shared jackpots grow over time, as more and more people play the machines without winning a jackpot. As you can imagine, these jackpots can become enormous. Linked progressive machines may reside in the same room, same building, anywhere within a city, country or even globally. This is particularly true of Internet-based slots games.
How much do slot machines pay? Slot machines are generally programmed to pay a percentage of their winnings. This percentage tends to be between 85% and 98%, depending on the machine, it's location and usage. The higher the percentage, the more the machine tends to payout.
Play machines that advertise a higher payout percentage (between 95% & 99%). These machines may be dollar or higher denomination machines.
Ensure you understand the payout schedule prior to deciding how much to bet per payline and how many paylines to bet on. It would be unfortunate to produce a winning then realize it could have been significantly higher had the bet been slightly higher.
Some progressive slots will only award a jackpot win to a player betting the maximum amount. Not betting the maximum amount means you could produce the required combination for a jackpot win but miss out because you did not bet the required amount. Make sure you understand the payout schedule and if necessary, ask a machine attendant to clarify it for you.
The amount wagered does not determine the likelihood of winning.
It might be more rewarding to bet the maximum amount per payline. Doing so however, can result in a quick loss of funds. For this reason, perhaps try to find a machine that accepts smaller denominations. For example: try finding a quarter machine instead of a dollar machine.
Recognize when a jackpot (large value) has been won. Some machines will ask you to call an attendant who will organize payment to you. Never handle or walk away from a machine that has just produced a jackpot winning. Call the attendant or have someone call him/her for you while you wait at the machine.
If you play in a club or other land-based establishment, try to take note of which machines seem to be paying out regularly. It might be worthwhile giving these machines a go sometime. You might find that these machines are placed in more prominent positions throughout the club, where they are more likely to attract players.
If you have been playing a particular machine for some time but have not experienced many decent wins, it might be a good idea to try a different machine.
Find out if the venue you intend to play at offers other incentives, such as points, meals, accommodation, etc, that goes with your game play. This however doesn't mean that you should play purely for these secondary benefits.
If your luck seems to be running out, it might be a good idea to stop playing. Many people win large amounts, only to lose their winnings be continuing to play.
Make sure you empty the machine of your credit prior to leaving it. Each year, people accidentally abandon machines that still have their credit inside.
Before playing, decide how much you are comfortable losing. If you have played and lost this amount, you will know when to leave.
Don't bet more than you can afford to lose and remember to always have fun :)
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