Most Frequently Asked Questions Page
Although there are not a million frequently
asked questions when it comes to slots, I consider this page
a work in progress. You're the ones who have to ask the questions.
So don't hesitate, get
today and I'll see if I can find an answer to your inquiry
Starting with the most burning questions:
Where are the loose
In other words, how can I win easier and quicker? Think there's
no knowledge to be gained in this area? Untrue. There is a
lot of common sense involved in the answer. Since this is
an online-slots page, I won't spend too long discussing questions
which only truly pertain to casino slots, but some questions
need to be answered.
There are a number of points to take into
consideration. These are the most common places and reasons
for finding loose slots.
- Near the change booths - casinos want other players who
are waiting in line to receive change to hear the unmistakable
sounds and sights of players hitting mid-level and top jackpots.
This will, supposedly, motivate other players to get more
change and play more machines. Makes sense, and it works.
- On elevated carousels - high payoff machines that are
visible from nearly any angle from the gaming floor also
serve to motivate other players to put more money into THEIR
chosen machines. Makes sense, and it works.
- Near the coffee shop/cafe/snack bar - casinos frequently
place their best machines in these locations to motivate
players to eat quickly and get back to the gaming floor
as soon as possible. When a player takes a "time out"
for food or drinks it's time spent not playing the machines.
No play = no revenue for the casino.
- Slot aisles known as "crosswalks" - crosswalks
are areas that players must walk through to get to other
slot aisles. Again, the same principle applies: the casinos
want slot players to witness frequent jackpot payouts. Passers-by
using these carefully planned pathways are more likely to
be drawn into the main slot aisles, where the mid-range
and tight machines are waiting to fleece them.
- Locations highly visible from other slot aisles - same
philosophy, same reasons as cited above.
- Round or rectangular, free-standing kiosks within the
main casino - nearly all casinos sublet space to the manufacturers
of slot machines (Bally's is a prime example). These free-standing
kiosks are not strictly bound by the individual casino's
marketing principles, and may have a larger percentage of
What machines have
the best payouts?
Many players believe their favorite machines have the best
payouts. Is this a myth? I know many a friend who swears by
double diamonds. The "best" payouts are determined
by the purchaser of the machines, since they are preset to
the Casinos specs (within the legal state minimum).
What's a One Armed
A one armed bandit is simply another name for a slot machine.
Origin of the term: the single pull lever is the 'one arm',
the fact that they used to be rigged to never win is the 'bandit'.
Are larger casinos
In other words, do larger casinos pay off better than smaller
ones? There is no proof of this, and I personally doubt it.
I do believe a larger casino may be motivated to place a few
more loose machines around its establishment, but the sheer
number of tight machines would make up for any advantage.
Statistics on slots simply do not bear this idea out.
Do slot machines
have a pay and take cycle?
Many experienced people suggest that they do but it is not
a black and white issue, there are many subtle areas between
the pay and take cycle, machines do not just change from one
mode to the other. If it is true, and I personally find it
highly unlikely, then it is certainly not clear-cut. My own
experience and observations seem to suggest that the machines
are always in a take cycle, and every once in a while throw
in a win. I don't suggest relying on an assumed mode.
What is a Pay cycle?
A pay cycle is defined as a period of time following a minimum
number of bets (or coin 'takes') during which the machine
pays out coins in larger percentages. This cycle is supposedly
programmed into the slots software to meet the minimum payout
schedule as per State law.
What is a Take cycle?
The take cycle is the opposite of the pay cycle. If you believe
in the pay/take theory, then you might be inclined to assume
that a pay cycle is followed by a take cycle, whereby you
may get the odd small return, but essentially slots take
all of the time. If there were pay/take cycles it would only truly be beneficial if you could increase your wager dramatically at any point in time.
What does the term
The Hold is the percentage of coins played that are kept by
the machine, or the house. In the average case, it is between
3% to 15%.
What is the Pay
Most slots have a single (or multiple) horozontal line at
the middle of the visible playing section. If a proper combination
falls on that line, you get paid. Hence, this line is the
What are Reels?
The reels of a slot machine are the cylindrical spinning pieces
around which all of the symbols are displayed. Most slot machines
usually have three reels but sometimes you will find a two
reel, or four reel or even higher. The more reels in the machine,
the more permutations or possible combinations are able to
hit the pay line. This means, in a multiple reel machine with
a single jackpot line (to hit it big you need to get just
the right combo), your chances of hitting that combo are slimmer
What are Symbols?
The symbols are graphics, pictures, images, or icons that
are spread around the reels. They can be cherries, lemons,
bars, oranges - any one of many simple recognizable images. Origninally,
Fay's first machine featured Liberty Bells, and our common
card symbols such as hearts and spades.
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