Slot machines were originally operated by a lever, hence they are also known as One Armed Bandits. In British they are known as Fruit Machines, while down under in Australia they are called Poker Machine.
Slot machines are the most popular games in a casino. They are easy to play with, and the only way to get lucky with them, is …pure luck. Some machines have several features which involve some skills, like estimating when to stop a wheel etc., but the most important skill when playing on slot machines is pure luck and the ability to control yourself.
Slot machines operates with mathematic randomness. It is not possible to determine if a machine is in a “paying mood” or when it is time to release the jackpot, if you are playing on a jackpot machine. Most of the money inserted goes back to the players, but that doesn’t mean that you will get your money back, or if you will hit the big payout. If you do, you are lucky. If you don’t, you are unlucky. Slot machines are almost like life itself. If you are at the right place at the right time…
If you are starting to win at a slot machine, continue playing until the winnings are over. And keep on for some more rounds, not more than five. If you don’t win anything, collect your earnings and have a drink.
Slot machines generally comes in two versions: 3 wheels and 5 wheels. Each machine can have several winning combinations (lines), and the machines usually have several bet levels and several coin values.
If you don’t have a lot of money, start with a small stake. Use a low value, don’t bet on the highest level, but take care to have all the lines covered. Then you will have a far bigger chance to win, and you can play for a longer time. When you win, don’t get too enthusiastic and rise the coin value and increase the bet levels. It is far more fun to spin 100 instead of 10 spins, and you have a bigger chance to have more money at the end, even if you don’t win big.
Remember that the slots machines are totally without compassion. If you reach the end of your money, the machines doesn’t care. The big issue when playing slot machines is to stop in time. The machines are designed to make you keep on playing, giving the illusion that you have to carry on. So don’t let the machines control you. When you have won, you have earned money. Take them, and take a break.
The most exciting slot machines are the multi wheel machines with a lot of winning lines and exciting features. When playing one of these machines it is vital to get three or more scatters. Then you will get a certain amount of free spins, while all your winnings are doubled, tripled or more.
The wild symbol is also a very welcome guest, specially if you get many of them. You will win a lot.
If you have tripled the money you started with you can go on for the next step. Continue playing, but for a higher coin value. Be careful with the highest stakes, they will soon ruin you. Just keep in mind that we have to crawl before we can walk. Keep the head cold.