May 15th 2007
Carousel : A group of slot machines.
Coin Slot Machines : slot machines that require the player to insert a coin into a slot and then pull a handle/lever to activate the reels.
Coin Size : This is the size of each bet. You can play more than one coin per spin.
Double Machines : pays double or triple with winning combinations of certain symbols lined up, e.g. Double Diamond, Triple Diamond, RWB 7\'s.
Fill : When a hopper run out of coins, a fill is called for which simply means an attendant gets a bag of coins from the cashier and refills the empty hopper.
Hit Rate : The average distance between winning spins and non winning spins.
Hopper : This is where the money is stored inside the machine.
Max Bet : The maximum amount of coins that can be played per spin.
Multi-line : A slot machine with more than one pay line. Slot machines may have several pay lines.
One armed Bandit : Another name for slot machines. 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\'.
Payback : The percentage of winnings a machine will payout in relation to the amount put in.
Pay for Play Machines : These are generally one-two-three coins option slot machines with staggered payoffs. The more coins you put the better the payoffs.
Payline: The line at which the symbols must align to win.
Progressive Slots : A group of slot machines called a Carousel linked together to pay one common big jackpot.
Reels : The rotating narrow barrels on which the symbols appear. Modern slot machines can have from 3 to 5 reels.
RNG - Random Number Generator, a computer chip placed inside the slot machine by the manufacturer which randomly selects hundreds of numbers and symbols every second, faster than you can pull that handle or push that spin button; working even when the machine is idle. Each number corresponds to a certain symbol combination that is randomly chosen after the first coin is dropped or credit played. Fewest programmed combinations are for the top jackpot. This program computer chip is also designed to determine that particular slot\'s average payout %. No slot machine will pay back its preset payoff percentage rate every time. because the final outcome of every spin is randomly selected.
Signature Slots : casinos own brand of slots, generally looser creating the desired PR for the casino.
Sound of Rain : coins dropping into the holder after a payout.
Slot Club Cards/Comps : Sign up for freebies and reap the benefits.
Slot Club Member : Slot clubs were invented for slot fanatics. By becoming a member you are given a card (like a credit card). Using your card while you are playing slots (also table games in some casinos) helps you earn free points / cash. The rules, number of points needed to achieve regular club status, and the benefits given to the player are different at every casino.
Symbols : The icons or symbols that appear on the reels.
Take/Pay Cycle : Based on the assumption that most slot machines work on cycles, it is when to expect a machine to pay out following a certain amount of coins fed into it.
Tilt : When a machine stops operation, usually following a malfunction.
Winning Combinations : The amount of possible winning outcomes on the pay table
Wild Symbol : Like a joker will count as any other symbol and on some slots multiply.