- 1 types of gambling machines
- 1.1 Top 10 signs of slot machine gambling addiction
- 1.2 When playing slot machines is an obsession
- 1.3 Slot machines are the most addictive form of gambling
- 1.4 « AWP (Amusement With Prizes) New Type of Gambling Machines
- 1.5 Types of Traditional Slot Machines
- 1.6 Types of Slot Machines Jackpots
- 1.7 Number of players on a Machine
- 1.8 Which Types of Gambling Are the Most Addictive and Why?
- 1.9 Types of Gambling That Can Lead to Addiction
- 1.10 How Does a Gaming Machine Work?
types of gambling machines
Top 10 signs of slot machine gambling addiction
When playing slot machines is an obsession
If you are struggling with a serious gambling problem and seem to be obsessed with playing slot machines, here are some signs and symptoms that you should be aware of. I have gathered these from the many clients who have shared their struggles with the allure of the slots.
1. You initially loved the excitement of playing slot machines and being at the casino. Now, you play slots to escape worry or emotional pain and it becomes a part ofВ your daily or weekly schedule.
2. Your trips to the casino have progressed over time and seems to be getting more frequent.
3. You gamble more money than planned. You start convincing yourself that you have to recover your losses (chasing your losses), by playing the machine a little longer, because you feel like you are about to win big.
4. You are hiding (lying) about the actual time you sit in front of the slots to family and friends. You are embarrassed to admit to them you might have a problem.
5. You play the machines longer than you intended. You keep telling yourself you will play just a little longer. Quite often that ends up being hours longer.
6. You minimize your losses, and celebrate your winnings by telling those closest to you. You may even share the winnings with those you have deceived. This helps you justify your deceptions of the past.
7. You have obsessive thoughts of getting back to the casino to play a particular machine. You become very crafty or clever with your stories on where you are going.
8. You’ve taken money set aside by you or others for other reasons, and spent it on slot machines.
9. You have a particular game that you play (favorite machine), and are crushed or irritated if you don’t get to play it, because others are on the machine.
10. You find yourself avoiding people who take up a lot of your time. You would rather be left alone and be able to go to play your favorite machine.
Slot machines are the most addictive form of gambling
It’s no wonder slot machine addiction is considered the most addictive form of gambling. For some people, slot machines provide an incredible adrenaline rush.В Music can stimulate the senses to an enhanced level of excitement. The fast pace of the displays matched with sight and sounds can cause the body to dance with elation and anticipation.В Combine the chance of ‘winning big’ and the total experience provided by the slot machine can become seductive and alluring that matches the level of exhilaration much like that of an anticipated sexual organism.
If you have a slot machine addiction, at some point in time, you will replace the anticipated excitement with ‘zoning out’ the world.В Shame, regret, fear, despair, and depression set in and you feel trapped and all alone. You conclude there is no hope or help that can get you out of this mess.
The most important thing you can do is get help. The best way to overcome the shame is to walk through it and come out on the other side; moving on with your life. If you don’t face the behavior, things will only get worse. Tell me your experiences?В I would love to hear from you.
Coming Soon:В I promise to share the actual step-by-step progression of gambling addictions.
Is compulsive gambling progressive? The cycle of a gambler
I remember at places that have games that are slot machine esque. You would play and it would issue back tokens or tickets when you win. Those were super addictive for when I was a kid and even now because they are very cheap and you dont take in the nickle and dime aspect of slot machines that adds up over time. So it comes as no suprise when research like this breaks because it makes sense. TY for the article. Even Marge Simpson was not immune to the effects of slot machines…
Thanks for your comments.
That’s a great point about kids games (arcades).
It can sure be a set up for later in life.
Thanks for the article. Slot machines are not considered “crack cocaine of gambling addiction” for nothing. This is the worst form of gambling there is. It literally destroyes lives.
You are not going to beat these machines. Instead, you can win against losses and,of course, fewer lossess means more chances at winning. In the process your eyes open to what is really going on and the possibility of addiction. See e.g., VLM-Today’s Slot Mahcine Blog.
everything i just read is so true ive become a person ive never dreamed i would i manipulate people lie anything so people wont know where im going. i dream bout the sound the chance of winning but you never really win if i do come ahead one time then im back there right away again putting way more back in then i won. i would give anything to never step foot in a casino again ive tried so many different approaches to try to quit and i end up right back in im very scared and want it to end.
Thank you for your comments.
I would suggest you get help now.
Find a group with gambling addictions (support group and counseling). Start being accountable. Address the shame and embarrassments. And become determined to follow through with your comment (I would give anything to never step foot in a casino again and want it to end). If you don’t do something different, you will not stop.
I will pray that God will guide and direct you to the right therapist and support.
God bless you. Don’t give up Stacy, KEEP ON TRYING
I was assaulted and developed ptsd. I also have a mild brain injury and many medical problems. Have lost faith in people. Hasd only been to casino a couple of times prior to all of this. As things have gotten worse, more frequently I have gone. I have now been going several times a week-loose-win-woose-win—in the end always loose. I have spent 8 hrs a day for several days in the past month playing slots. For the most part, people there are nice and dont bother me. Nobody has expectations. I know I have lost hope in people and relationships and am sure this is the core. I just dont want to be bothered or invest the time in people. Im 52 and been taking care of others my whole life. When I got hurt-nobody there. I also know its a bad path.
Hi Mari. First, you are NOT alone. You don’t need to run away from life by playing the slots. Have you thought about checking out support groups like Gamblers Anonymous?
Hello. Well first of all I meet all the signs posted that I have a problem with slot machines. Of course most of the time I end up losing and have a terrible feeling walking out. Its the thrill of possibly winning that keeps me going back plus I love the atmosphere of a casino so much that I wanted to work there. I thought maybe if I worked there I wouldn’t want to go back on my days off. Today I want to go to the casino but I am out of money right now so I am trying to keep busy doing other things. I can keep going on but I have all the signs of being a addict. My wife smokes to relieve stress and I guess this is my way of doing it. Of course her relieve is alot less costly. Thank you and yes I need help.
My mom is ripping apart every life she touches with her slot machine addiction! She goes every day on her break from work. She does not go home to be with her husband who suffered SCD (sudden cardiac death, by the way guess where she was when that happened) My dad pulled through with some brain issues, the worst being a short term memory loss. By the grace of God he is with us and is VERY much still dad, just a few quirks here and there. My mom has always been a selfish person so it is of no surprise that she wants him EXACTLY as he was before that day. She treats him terrible when she is home, she wont even let him have the luxury of a television or phone or a car. She has major issues (raped over and over by her father for years, from childhood until his death) she has been in a mental health hospital (the lastet being when my dad was in the hospital). I just talked with one of my dads doctors becuause she lets him go without meds, I think she likes to tell people how “bad” he is getting, she likes the attention, the sympathy. My dads doctor told me she needs to be admitted in a mental institution. My dad can get better but not with her the way she is.
We live within 15 minutes from 4 casinos. She lies about where she is, says she is saving gas by not coming home in between her split shift, she has over 4 hours every day. She is starting to look all over for her gold jewelry, she has pulled a safe from its hiding place, the safe contains a coin collection. She is asking to borrow money on her pay days, she does not pay her taxes, her home is in tax forfeiture. My dad gets very mad at any of us if we say anything about any of this, he tells us to never mind. He is hopelessly in love with her, always has been, always will. He is competent, he can make his own decisions. But, she is whipping him. She is ruining the rest of his life and her childrens, I cant have my small chilldren around her/them. There is so much friction. I really just need to know where to start. She will NOT go to any type of therapy. If it is ever mentioned she will look up to the sky and scream that the only one that loves her is God and the only thing she loves is God. I realize this is more than just a gambling addiction. But right now, I need to look out for my dad and it seems that the first step is to make sure he will always have his home that he worked so hard for his entire life. My mom is out of control on so many levels. Seeing the failing with the inpatient mental hospital stays, we will start with this and then move on to petitioning the court to get her help with her other issues!
Most countries have a non government organisation that assists people with gambling addiction. In South Africa they can be reached on (Toll-Free Counseling Line) 0800 006 008
I guess you know that you are an addict when you find yourself neglecting things that should be done (and paid for) and replace them with gambling. I don’t think that it is only the money aspect that is a hard pill to swallow, but also the fact that you end up missing out on many important things to go gambling (like quality time with kids etc.)
As a compulsive slot gambler, the picture on this blog triggered a longing to go play. I’ve also found myself sometimes hooked on free on-line slots – no need for money. You might want to change the picture. Thank you for this and the comments.
Hi ms. Thank you for letting us know. Yes, I see how the image can trigger a craving for slot machine gambling. Gambling, especially slots, is a very visual activity. I will try to find an alternate photo. But perhaps having it there to provoke conversation is actually a good thing?
It all started with the penny machines and turned into Five dollar machines because they paid out jackpots quicker. It takes will-power and determination. I went for 4 years andthose ill-gotten gains can ruin a person financially and in other areas to the point of no return. Yes, everybody needs money but I’ve realized how important it is to be content with what I have. Gambling symptoms are most of the time “hard-to-tell”, but I have been “clean” for months now and I will pray for the rest of the others that are acknowledging this weakness.
Hi Rena. Thank you for sharing more about your experience with slot machines. It is my hope that others who want to quit can read your story and know that they can stop playing the slots, too.
I too have a problem. I used to go to the casino and have a good time with friends, I even routinely ended up ahead. Then things progressed where I started going to the casino alone and wagering higher and higher amounts and “chasing losses.” It has cost me a lot financially to the point where I have been taking out cash advances on credit cards to pay for my trips. I am just wondering if I can ever get this under control so I can walk into a casino with friends and have a good time without becoming addicted again or if I have to never go to a casino again?
Hello embarrassed. Thanks for your question.ike other comUlsive. behaviors, gambling can be approached from the perspective of abstinence OR reduction. I’d suggest that you explore what’s best for you by seeing a certified counselor who specializes in addiction treatment. Every person and every recovery is different.
I’ve realized that I have a gambling addiction. I never in a million years would have thought that I would gamble my mortgage money…well half of it. I used to be so frugal and now it seems that the slots are getting what would have been my savings. I chase losses and watch big wins on you tube. I have to stop this behavior. I imagine that I lost at least $8500 in the last 7 months. The problem is that I don’t cry about this? I should be very upset. I tend do feel dissappointed in myself but it only lasts a day or so. I haven’t gotten to the point where I don’t pay my bills…however I am just making ends met.
Dear Embarrassed, Both my experience and my research strongly suggest that you cannot engage in reduced gambling once your brain has moved into the addiction pattern. Please check out Gamblers Anonymous. It is a life-saver.
Hello Ms. Irresponsible. Admitting that you have a problem is the first step to getting better. Have you tried Gamblers Anonymous? Or can you seek help from a counselor who has experience working with problem gamblers?
I had the same problem. Just stop going. Stop all the mailings in the mail from the casinos. Throw the casino cards away. Tell yourself enough and you will never get back the money you lost. Just start new. When you get the urge to go, do something else. Tell yourself no. The casinos are just ripping people off. The player cards calculate your playing habits and how much you spend. You will never win big. They watch you from casino cameras. I’ve had fraud on my cards by using the ATM machines at the casinos. I’ve had health problems from the smoke in the casinos. Just stop and learn to live your life again.
When other aspects of your life are being neglected in order to spend time gambling (let’s say time with your family, school or work) then it is becoming an unhealthy habit. Gambling can be a healthy and fun activity depending on how responsibly you play the game.
« AWP (Amusement With Prizes) New Type of Gambling Machines
AWP machines appeared in United Kingdom, where they changed «classic» British fruit machines. It will be recalled, that fruit machines (which usually have 3 reels and 1 line) randomly give players the options for controlling the game; there are usually 2 options:
1. To nudge оnе оf the reels, at that the reel moves down in one symbol. There are variants when you may not use available nudges, but keep them for the next round, receive the repeat nudges there оr risk and dеcrease/inсrеasе the number.
2. Hold any amount of reels – only not-held reels will bе rolled in the following spin.
AWP machines provide one more option – a bonus gаmе. The basis is usually a slot machine with one line with randomly given opportunities of nudging and holding the reels. But atop some symbols, it is specified, оn the reels, either а number (from 1 tо 5), оr a symbol – they are little, in order not tо cover the main symbol. These symbols are intended to trigger а bonus game. If these are the numbers, it must be not less than 7 – 8 points оn the line, if the symbols – then 3 symbols must be in а field of vision (that is, not compulsorily оn the line, but оn any оf the nine symbols, which are visible оn the screen). Then the bonus gаmе starts and the variants can also be different. The first option is the Hi/Low game, where а player gets а number from 1 tо 12 (аt times several numbers), and has to guess whether the next drawn number is higher (Hi) or lower (Low). If you got it right – you go up in one step in a prize’s table, if you didn’t – the bonus game is finished. At any moment you may stop and gather the bonus.
It is obvious that the higher your position is, the better the bonus is. In some cases a player may choose a type of a bonus (money, nudges, a bonus trick). In another variant of а bonus game, а playing field with several squares is shown to a player and each square has its own type оf а gаmе. After pressing the button “Spin”, the number is drawn and you go from the initial field tо the number оf drawn squares. There you will hаvе tо make а choice – the different variants оf the winning start blinking on the field and you hаvе tо choose the winning, pressing the «Stop». If you аrе ok with the winning, you can take it, pressing «Collect», or you can continue the game, pressing «Spin». You can get money, free spins оr a bonus option as a winning. If in this tуpе оf а gаmе you find yourself in а «mysterious» sector, marked bу а question mark, you may also lose, because the most likely result among the options of the choice there – is a loss.
In AWP, in bonus gаmеs and rаrеlу in the main gаmе, you mау win оnе оf the bonus’ options, among them are the following:
Shifta (Spin а Win) – gives randomly winning combination in а slot,
Boost – adds points,
Stoppa fruit (Cash Blaster, Rееl Roulette, Pick а Win) – the winning combinations begin blinking in а slot, you stop the blinking and the chosen combination is drawn,
Win Series – starts up the series оf the winning combinations,
An exclusive bonus of а game is usually have the sаmе name as the gаmе, and gives the maximal winning.
Another type of АWР machines has a different operation principle. There is the sаmе classic slot in the main game, but if you get 3 identical symbols оn the line, you won’t get the money, but you’ll get the suitable amount of bonus spins. Besides, these spins will be in а bonus slot, not in the main one. A bonus slot usually has own symbols, a payout table and five lines. As opposed to а classic slot, where the winnings are extremely rare, that bonus slot gives the winning almost every spin.
Nowadays, Microgaming is the leader among AWP machines, and also several games are presented in the casinos of Cryptologic.
Slot machine games are a cash cow for any casino, and they consistently outperform table games and other forms of gambling. In 2013, American players lost an estimated $119 billion through legal gambling, while Australian gamers led the pack in the biggest losses per person. In either case, you can bet that slot machines played a large factor in their misfortune.
On the other hand, slots can change a person's life for the better with just a single spin of the reels. In 2003, for example, a 25-year-old software engineer from Los Angeles walked into the Excalibur in Las Vegas, put $100 into a Megabucks machine, and went home with a record win of $39,710,826.36.
While most players will never win a fraction of that amount, it doesn't keep them from playing and dreaming. A life-altering payout is always just one spin away, and this promise of instant wealth allows slots to maintain a permanent place at the top of the casino gambling mountain.
In the early days of the industry, the phrase "slot machine" only referred to one simple mechanical game of chance. This game had three spinning reels, each of which was marked with a few different pictures of fruit. Prizes were small, replay value was non-existent, and they were considered little more than a distraction.
Fast-forward to the modern world. The slot machine is such an adaptable game style that the sheer variety of available styles can intimidate the first time you step onto the gaming floor. Don't stress out, though. Once you've learned the basic game styles, the rest is just a matter of exposure.
In this article, we'll be taking an in-depth look at the various types of slot machine games. Whether you're interested in slot payouts or slot bonuses, there should be something here to pique your interest.
While the focus of this article is on traditional slots, there are a number of games that qualify as part of the slot machine family. Before we delve into specifics, let's pause for a moment and look at the overall category. Keep in mind that all of these variations of slots enjoy tremendous popularity in some part of the world, even if you've never heard of them.
The driving force behind this article, traditional slots are the lifeblood of gambling cites such as Las Vegas, Macau, and Atlantic City. Each game has three or more spinning reels, and players are paid when they achieve a winning combination of symbols. These machines allow their owners to enjoy huge profits, and they account for about 70% of the revenue for the average American casino. Games are known as "pokies" in Australia and "fruit machines" in the UK, although their function is largely the same.
Based on Five-card Draw, this game gives five virtual cards to players and challenges them to make the best possible poker hand. Payouts are tied directly to the strength of the hand, with a pair of jacks or better usually being required to finish in the money. While traditional slots always give the house an advantage, some video poker games allow the house edge to be eliminated (through a combination of perfect play and the right pay table).
Instead of the reel-style of play available on traditional slots, this type of game features an electronic video card. The two most popular types of game are Latin and American bingo. Latin bingo uses a 3x5 card, 75 balls, and enjoys a major following in Mexico and Europe. American bingo, meanwhile, uses a 5x5 card, 90 balls, and is primarily played in the United States and Canada.
The name of this game is arrived at by melding "pachinko" and "slot machine," and it can be found in Japanese arcades and pachinko parlors. According to the laws of the nation, these games must feature three reels, a three coin maximum wager, and buttons that allow the player to manually stop a spin. Since reels can be stopped within 0.19 seconds of pressing a button, these games are beatable by skilled patrons. Most machines offer a payback percentage in the 90% range, while a loose machine in the hands of a veteran gamer can award as much as a 200% return.
Slot machines are a major source of revenue for online and land-based casinos, and they remain among the most popular forms of gambling on the planet. While traditional slots are at the top of the heap, virtual cousins such as video poker also have a devoted following. Some types of slots, such as the pachislo machines in Japan, even allow players to enjoy major profits thanks to skill-based elements.
Types of Traditional Slot Machines
Slot machines come in a wide variety of options, from the basic to the downright complicated. No matter what your area of interest or experience level, there's a game that's been designed to give you hours of enjoyment and a chance at a respectable payday. The following are the most common types of slots to looks out for.
- Hidden Buy-a-Pays
- Straight Multipliers
- Bonus Multipliers
- Combination Slots
This type of slot first gained popularity in Australia, but in the last 20 years it's grown to be a major part of the American market. Gamers can choose how many paylines they want to play, as well as the number of coins to risk per line. Most slots veterans recommend playing a coin on every payline, as this keeps you from missing out on any possible winning combinations. Be sure to look at the paytable, though, as some games have bonuses that only activate when you're playing the maximum number of coins per line.
The predecessor to the multi-coin/multi-line machines discussed above, these games have largely fallen out of favor in North American casinos over the last few decades. While the number of paylines can be selected by the player, they're limited to wagering just one coin per line. Most gamers have become accustomed to being able to risk multiple coins per line, which is the main reason for the sagging popularity of these machines.
In this type of slot, each additional coin wagered unlocks extra winning combinations. The availability of combinations greatly influences the hit frequency of the game, and sometimes the difference between an 84% and 100% payback can be a single coin. Due to this fact, it's always suggested that players risk the maximum number of coins on a buy-a-pay machine.
The name for this type of game was coined by gaming guru John Robison, and it refers to any slot featuring bonus events that are only accessible by playing the maximum number of coins. While the game might otherwise have an average payback percentage, playing the maximum can boost it into the high nineties (or even 100%). You can spot this type of machine by examining the paytable and looking for any sort of bonus that requires max coins to activate.
This member of the slot machine family allows the player to activate all winning combos by risking a single coin, and any additional coins serve to increase the winning multiplier. That means three coins would pay triple that of a single coin wager, four coins would be quadruple, etc. While some players insist that risking the maximum amount is the way to go, most experts recommend sticking with a single coin wager.
Just like the straight multiplier games, these machines activate all combinations with a single coin. Additional coins multiply any winnings, but there's also a bonus payout (usually on the top jackpot) that can be activated only with maximum coins. Since this bonus amount is rarely going to come into play, most slots veterans suggest sticking with a single coin wager.
Each time a player makes a wager on one of these slots, a small percentage goes towards increasing the top prize. The jackpots on these games start at a certain dollar amount, and they continue to climb until someone hits the required symbol combination. The game then resets to the base jackpot amount and begins to build again. This form of slot is best if you're looking to become an instant millionaire, although most machines require you to play maximum coins in order to be eligible for the progressive.
These slots combine two or more of the types listed above. This could be a multiplier and a buy-a-pay, or it might be a multi-line progressive with a hidden buy-a-pay. When it doubt, always examine the machine's paytable for more details (or conduct some online research). Ultimately, most experts suggest risking just enough money to activate all possible payouts.
While most players think all slot machines are the same, there's actually a great deal of diversity to be found. Some games require multiple coins in order to activate every payline, while others have massive jackpots that can only be won by playing maximum coins. No matter what version you're searching for, a close look at the game's paytable should provide the necessary details.
Types of Slot Machines Jackpots
Playing slots can be a lot of fun, but the ultimate objective is always to win some extra money. When a player is able to accomplish this goal, they'll find that slots have two distinct ways of offering jackpots. Both of these are discussed below.
Slots with a fixed jackpot are known as "flat tops." These machines don't offer jackpots worth millions of dollars, but the odds of hitting one are also better.
If you want to become instantly wealthy, these are the jackpots to shoot for. Each time a player puts money into the machine, a percentage of their wager is used to increase the progressive. It continues to grow until someone wins it, at which point the prize resets to a predetermined amount. While these machines can change your life overnight, the frequency of top payouts is on a par with winning the lottery. Progressives can be divided into three distinct types.
This game is not connected to any other machines. When you put money into it, the only jackpot being increased is the one tied to that individual game.
Multiple machines are linked together. These games are usually located in the same establishment, although they're sometimes spread across multiple casinos owned by the same company. Each time money is fed into a linked machine, the shared progressive jackpot increases. Once someone wins the top prize on one of the machines, the jackpot on all linked games drops to a starting level and begins to build again.
A large number of machines are linked across an entire jurisdiction or state. The payouts on these games are tremendous, and the most famous is Nevada's Megabucks.
Slot machine jackpots are either set at a fixed amount or continue to increase until they're been won. The former are known as "flat top" machines, while the latter are the famous progressive slots. Both types can offer significant payouts, although progressives are renowned for turning players into multi-millionaires with just a few spins of the reels.
No matter where you play slot machines, they can be placed into two main categories regarding location. These are land-based and online.
These are slot machines that can be physically interacted with by the player. Even if their reels are virtual, they still fall into this category if they're located in a real-world casino. Games of this type can also be found in a variety of other locations, from airports and bars to hotel lobbies.
A more recent invention, online slots provide the excitement of casino gambling without having to leave the privacy and comfort of your own home. The majority of these games are found on virtual casino websites, although a number can now be downloaded to mobile devices in the form of an app.
When a player enters a land-based gaming establishment, he or she is likely to be confronted with an ocean of slot machines on the casino floor. These games fall into two major categories in regard to design; low level and upright.
Also known as "slant top slots," these machines are meant to be played by someone sitting down, which is why a chair is attached to the game (or provided by the casino).
Also referred to as "stand up slots," these games are meant to be enjoyed by players standing on their own two feet. These tend to be played by young and middle-aged gamblers, as older patrons may experience difficulty standing for long periods of time.
These terms are actually myths, but we wanted to include them to make this list as comprehensive as possible. A frightening number of players buy into the false idea that machines get hot and cold, although the presence of the random number generator renders this impossible. When a machine delivers a jackpot, it has the same mathematical chance of paying out another jackpot on the next spin, but the long odds are what prevents it from doing so (not some internal failsafe).
A machine that's said to be "hot," is one that's paying out on a consistent basis. When a player believes this to be the case, you can expect them to sit at the machine for a long stretch of time.
A "cold" machine is one that isn't paying out. While several players may come and go from a slot that's supposedly going through a cold phase, there may be another player lurking in the background and waiting to jump onto the machine at the right time. Such behavior can be explained by the player expecting the game to suddenly reverse its trend and start paying at regular intervals.
When you patronize a casino, you'll find all manner of slot machines. Some are designed to be played while standing, and others are only available via an Internet connection. If you're a superstitious gambler who ignores facts and logic, you may also believe in machines that alternate between hot and cold streaks.
Each slot is programmed to pay out a certain percentage of everything that players put in. However, this amount only comes into play over millions of spins, which means that even a slot with a high payback percentage can take all your money during a session and give nothing in return. In regards to the payback percentage, slots are usually defined in one of three ways:
A loose slot machine is one that's programmed to deliver a payback of 95% or more. These machines are highly coveted by players, which is why casinos almost always keep the actual percentage a secret. If they didn't, everyone would flock to these machines and ignore the rest of the available games.
These machines aren't loose or tight. Instead, they're somewhere in the middle when it comes to offering a return on the player's investment. On average, expect the payback percentage of these games to range from the high eighties to the low nineties.
A tight slot machine is the scourge of gamblers, as it takes their money without offering a consistent payout in return. All U.S. states have laws regarding the minimum payback percentage that a slot can be programmed with, and you can expect a tight machine to hover in this range. Examples of legal minimums include 75% in Nevada (McCarran International Airport, for example), 85% in Florida, and 83% in New Jersey.
While we've attempted to define the payout percentages for loose and tight slots, keep in mind that these numbers may differ from one location to another. The ultimate test of the looseness or tightness of a slot is how it compares to other machines. For example, a 90% game wouldn't be considered loose when surrounded by 95% machines, but it would be when compared to a bank of 86% slots.
Thanks to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in the United States, games of chance are broken up into three classes. Class I involves either low-level social gaming or traditional Native-American contests, while Class II and III include slots.
Games that fall into this class are usually associated with bingo. In states where slot machines are illegal, casinos have found a way to comply with the law while still attracting those who want to spin the reels. The resulting Class II slots look and play like the real thing, but there's a major difference: traditional slots pit the player against the house, while this class of slot machine matches players against one another. Each slot has a bingo card inside, and all machines are hooked up to the same computer server. This means all machines being played at any given moment are competing against one another in a silent game of bingo, and the winning slot pays out its player.
This class includes most forms of casino-style gaming, such as roulette, blackjack, craps, and slot machines with a random number generator. Tribal casinos are allowed to offer Class III games, assuming the owners follow the necessary regulatory procedures and the games are legal within the state.
If you've played in Las Vegas or Atlantic City, then you've experienced the thrill of full-fledged slot machines categorized as Class III. In states where those slots are illegal, however, casinos have developed Class II games that emulate slots while essentially being nothing more than an electronic game of bingo. When you play a traditional slot machine, it's also important to remember that games with a high payback percentage are considered "loose," while "tight" machines are less likely to offer significant wins.
The original slot machine denomination was a nickel, as this was what it cost to play the 1891 gambling machine invented by Sittman and Pitt in Brooklyn, New York. Over 120 years later, slots have evolved far beyond what their inventors could imagine, offering a wide range of denominations for players of every economic level.
The most common and popular games are the penny slots, which means you can enjoy a spin of the reels while only risking a single cent. These games are perfect for those on a fixed budget, as well as those who want to play for long periods of time without risking a sizable chunk of their bankroll.
For those who are a little more ambitious, denominations of five cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, and 50 cents can be easily located. If you have even greater amounts of disposable income, you can graduate up to denominations of $1, $2, $5, $10, and $25. For the true high rollers, casinos sometimes include $50, $100, and even the occasional $1,000 game in roped-off VIP areas.
Most modern slots accept multiple denominations. They also accept multiple coins or bills per payline, so a penny slot can be played for more than the base amount.
Reels are a vital part of the slot machine experience. As soon as the spin button is pressed, the reels begin rotating at a high rate of speed. Once they stop, the player's level of success or failure is revealed (although the true results of the game are determined internally). No matter where you play in the world, slot machine reels can be divided into two categories.
Slots of this type include physical reels, and they arrange themselves in a horizontal line after the player presses the spin button or pulls the lever on the side of the machine. The reels have various symbols on them, and the configuration of these images determines whether or not the player receives a payout. Mechanical slots are almost a thing of the past, and you're unlikely to find them in most modern casinos.
Instead of physical reels with symbols, this type of slot instead offers a virtual representation. All online slots fall into this category, as do the majority of games found in modern gaming establishments. Since the game isn't as limited on the number of symbols, this allows more icons to be displayed and additional winning combinations to be offered.
Reels are a defining element of slot machines, and they come in mechanical and virtual versions. The latter has become the industry standard, and online gamers may have never experienced a mechanical reel in their lives. Slots also come in a wide range of denominations, allowing players to tailor their gaming experience to their current economic level. While slots with higher denominations offer larger jackpots, smaller denomination games are known for issuing more frequent payouts.
Whether mechanical or virtual, each slot has a number of reels displayed on the face of the machine. While we've come across some oddball games that offer six or seven reels, games with three and five reels make up the overwhelming majority of options found at any casino.
These tend to be more simplistic in design, and this layout was common in classic versions of the game from the 1940s through the 1980s. While no longer in the majority, these machines are still created in surprising numbers thanks to players who prefer a more streamlined gaming experience. Betting options are often limited, as well, making them a perfect option for anyone on a budget.
Virtual slot machines have allowed designers to add all manner of bells and whistles to their creations, and an increase in the number of reels is one of the more noticeable changes. The addition of two extra reels has made more paylines possible, increasing the level of customer excitement and allowing casinos to rake in more cash in the process. Some virtual slots even feature expanding reels, allowing the screen to lengthen and increase the number of lines.
Number of players on a Machine
When slots are created, there are two ways to design player participation. These include the following.
This is easily the most common form of slot, with each individual customer playing on their own machine. This allows players to concentrate on the game, as well as enjoy a bit of privacy.
This new type of video slot has enjoyed a certain degree of popularity in recent years. Seats are situated close together near a large screen, with smaller screens available for the regular phases of the game. During certain bonus rounds, however, all players participate at the same time on the larger video display. Examples of this sort of game include Monopoly Big Event and Wheel of Fortune Super Spin.
When a game is developed, its creators can go one of two directions in regard to creativity. These include:
The slot incorporates elements from a licensed property such as a TV show or film. In such cases, the developing company must pay a licensing fee to use names and likenesses.
The content of the game is original, not requiring any sort of licensing fee or agreement.
Most slots have three or five reels, although a minority may include a larger number. While the majority of slots are standalone games, community gaming is becoming more popular. When slots are being designed, the company may choose to create an all-new theme or pay a licensing fee to use material that's been previously developed.
When you manage to win on a slot machine, there are two distinct ways that you can receive payment. They are covered in this section and include the following:
Money within the machine is contained in a coin hopper and deposited onto the coin tray following a big win or the customer pressing the "cash out" button.
This type of payment occurs when the player receives money directly from a casino employee. This usually happens when the size of the win exceeds the amount that the machine is programmed to pay out, often around the point when tax paperwork has to be filled out.
As we all know, slot machines aren't free. The player must pay for the chance to win additional funds, and this can be accomplished in one of the two following methods.
In older versions of the game, the player inserted their money into a coin slot (which is where the name "slots" originated). In modern machines, customers have the option of inserting either coins or paper currency. Slots don't currently accept credit or debit cards, although a handful of designers have been pushing for this over the last few years.
Thanks to the TITO (ticket in, ticket out) system, players receive a paper ticket with a barcode once they've won at a slot machine. The ticket can then be redeemed for cash at a teller window or automated kiosk, or the player has the option of inserting the ticket into another machine and playing with the credits that have already been accumulated.
When you play a slot machine (progressive or otherwise), the top prize can sometimes be triggered instantly. In most cases, however, it's only obtained after a bonus round becomes available to the player. Some machines guarantee a payout after a bonus round has been activated, while others only provide the opportunity.
These rounds are the result of specific symbol combinations, and even missing out on a major jackpot can still lead to free spins and credits. The following are the most common types of bonus rounds found within such games:
The player sets in motion a wheel that's divided up into sections representing prizes such as winning multipliers or free credits. The prize is determined by where the wheel stops.
The player must utilize hand-eye coordination to succeed at the bonus round, much like a traditional video game. These are becoming more common, and some casinos offer entire games based around such a concept.
A number of items are hidden behind icons such as treasure chests, and the player must match two in order to win that prize. Some machines have symbols representing various jackpots, as well, so this type of round can be quite profitable.
Triggered at random or when a player lines up a certain number of symbols, this type of bonus requires players to select various icons on the screen. Each has a hidden item behind it, and uncovering one allows the player to win it. This might be as simple as free spins or instant credits, or it might be a multiplier that's immediately applied to the base game.
This bonus is often triggered by getting a certain number of scatter symbols during the regular phase of the game. Once this happens, the spins play out using the same wager and paylines and the base game that triggered them. The major difference is that bonus spins often come with a multiplier, greatly increasing each payoff.
Bonus rounds are one of the reasons why modern slot machine games are so popular with players. In addition to the usual credits that can be won during the base game, bonus rounds present customers with the chance for multipliers, free spins, and even progressive jackpots. Some even offer skill-based games, which puts the fate of the player directly in their own hands.
Imagine the payline as an invisible line running across the reels. While these lines are often horizontal, they can also be vertical or even zag-zag. If a winning combination appears on a line that's been activated by the player, then a cash reward is issued.
Old-fashioned machines only had a single payline, which made it easy for players to figure out whether or not they'd won. Modern slots are far more complicated, although the machine always displays winnings paylines for the convenience of the customer.
Since the 1990s, multi-payline machines have become increasingly popular. Three to five paylines are commonplace, but 15, 25, and even 243 are available. Most machines pay on winning combinations from left to right, although some machines now deviate from this tradition.
Players can activate a slot machine with cash or a barcode ticket. There are numerous types of paylines offered, from one all the way to 243. If the customer manages to win, they'll ultimately receive their money directly from the machine or from the cashier's window.
Which Types of Gambling Are the Most Addictive and Why?
Electronic gambling machines and Internet gambling are the most addictive types of gambling games out there.
The first thing to consider when asking the question about the most addictive types of gambling is that not all gambling problems are created equal. Of the four different types of problem gamblers, the two that are possibly the most opposite in nature are the Action Gambler and the Escape Problem Gambler. The Action Problem Gambler tends to be drawn toward skill-focused games such as poker or blackjack, while the Escape Problem Gambler prefers to sit in front of a slot machine, alone. That being said, there are studies that show some types of gambling games to be more addictive than others. (learn more about: Types of Gamblers)
Types of Gambling That Can Lead to Addiction
According to Help Guide, electronic gambling games may be the most addictive gambling games out there. Help Guide suggests that gamblers who play using electronic machines become problem gamblers almost three times earlier than those who stick with table games and racetrack gamblers. The exact numbers are 1.08 years for an electronic machine gambler to become addicted, versus the 3.58 years that is average for table game and race track gamblers to become addicted.
The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery considers these types of gambling - slot machines and video poker - to be the "crack cocaine" of gambling. The Institute claims that it is their immediate gratification that makes video poker and slot machines so very addictive. Also, the Institute has found that gamblers progress much more quickly to the dangerous phases of gambling addiction when playing these electronic machines.
Internet Gambling can be one of the easiest forms of gambling to hide from friends and family. In this type of gambling, gamblers can shut the door and erase their internet files to hide any evidence that they have been gambling online. Help Guide studied 389 gambling addicts who sought care at a health clinic. Only 31 participants reported that they were addicted to internet gambling, but these 31 were pathological gamblers. The study indicated that while internet gambling was the least common type of gambling noted, those who gambled on the internet were more likely to develop problematic gambling habits.
- The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery
- Help Guide
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Gambling machines are the lifeblood of any casino, and their presence allows gaming establishments to take in billions of dollars per year. But despite their massive popularity, there are numerous individuals who still don’t know what they are or how they work.
This article is devoted to answering two central questions: What are gambling machines and how do gambling machines work? As a bonus, we also look at some of the more popular cheating methods that people have developed for these devices over the years. They are all obsolete in the modern age of computer technology, but they still serve as a testament to human greed and ingenuity.
Numerous types of gaming devices are in operation around the world. While this list is far from comprehensive, it should provide you with an understanding of the most popular options available to players.
Pokies – Known as “slots,” “slot machines,” or “fruit machines” in other parts of the world, pokies pay out money to players who match several winning symbols on the game’s spinning reels. Progressive pokies are the most famous, as they take a small percentage of each wager and add it to an ever-increasing jackpot. Stand-alone pokies offer fixed cash prizes, while buy-a-pay pokies allow players to activate an increasing number of symbols by inserting additional funds. These are the biggest draws at casinos.
Video Poker Machines – While pokies winners and losers at pokies are a matter of luck, video poker games allow players to use skill in an attempt to win money. The game begins with the player receiving a five-card poker hand, and they may then choose to trade in one or more of their cards to receive replacements. The objective is to build the best poker hand possible, and payouts usually begin with a pair of jacks or better. With perfect play, a person can actually nullify the house edge on these devices.
Pachinko – Found at arcades throughout Japan, these colourful gaming machines feature large amounts of balls that are fired by the player in an effort to capture as many of them as possible. While gambling on pachinko for cash is illegal, captured balls can be turned in at the pachinko parlour for prizes. These prizes can then be taken to a nearby location and exchanged for cash. The annual revenue for pachinko ranges into the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Pachislo – An offshoot of the pachinko game, this Japanese version of a pokie is beatable with a potential payout of 200%. These games always have three reels, and they may not spin faster than 80 revolutions per minute. Each reel must also have a corresponding button that allows the player to stop the reels movement (which must occur within 0.19 seconds of the button being pressed).
Fixed Odds Betting Terminal – Normally found in UK betting shops, these devices allow punters to wager on events and games with fixed odds. This type of machine can include pokies, roulette, bingo, and simulated races with horses or greyhounds.
Machines are only one of many types of casino games that are popular in gambling halls, but they take up more floor space in most casinos than any other type of game.
How Does a Gaming Machine Work?
Old-fashioned pokies were operated by a series of internal gears and levers, but this has long since been abandoned in favour of more modern computerized machines. Some of these devices still use physical reels, but most are moving to virtual reels due to the greater versatility they provide.
When a game begins, the player either pulls the handle on the side of the machine or presses a spin button. From the moment a pokie is plugged in, its random number generator is constantly generating digits, and prompting the machine to spin causes the computer to record the next three numbers generated by the RNG.
Each number from the RNG is then divided internally by 64, with the result corresponding to a spot on the machine’s virtual reel (which is tied to a spot on the actual reel). Digital pulses drive the step motors to move the reels, stopping them at the positions previously determined.
Video slots operate in a slightly different manner. Since their reels are virtual, there is no need for a reel to be moved into position by a step motor. Instead, the computer uses it processing power to determine which symbol is supposed to wind up where, and it then manipulates the video display into showing the proper alignment.
In the modern era, pokies and video poker machines are so sophisticated that cheating is practically impossible. In the old days, however, creative cheaters found a variety of ways to get something for nothing. Their ill-gotten gains never lasted long, though, as the casino would inevitably catch them and implement even more effective security measures. Here are some of the more notable methods of cheating at gambling machines over the years:
Light Box– By using a small light box, cheaters could use a light beam to interfere with a machine’s sensor and induce a larger payout. Also known as a “light wand.”
Monkey’s Paw – A long piece of metal was inserted into the machine’s payout chute and snaked up to the coin counter mechanism. By interfering with this device, the cheater could cause the machine to deliver all the coins inside.
Coin on a String – A string would be tied to a coin, inserted into the game, and then pulled back out after activating a spin. In this way, the cheater could use a single coin to repeatedly play the machine. These were also known as “plugs.”
Shaved Coin – A coin with filed edges would activate the next spin but also pass right through the machine. The cheater could use the same coin over and over.
Knowing how a gambling machine works doesn’t allow you to beat the game, but it does provide a greater understanding of the care and craftsmanship that goes into each device in a casino. It also indicates the casino’s devotion to making a profit, since they involve everyone from computer engineers to trained psychologists to ensure loyalty from their patrons. This information may be intimidating at first, but keep in mind that players have been winning money from the house for decades. Through practice and persistence, there’s no reason why you can’t do the same.
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