May 15th 2007
The information presented here is valid for both online and land based casino slots games.

The first thing to know is that there are no such things as a "hot" machine or a machine that is "due" to payoff. The process is totally random, but this doesn't stop a lot of players from believing that certain machines offer better chances. They will deliberately chose to play only certain machines, like those found in the entrance of the casino or those that haven't paid out in a while. They believe that these machines offer better chances.

The process is totally random and your chances of winning are the same regardless if the machine has just offered a big slot machine payout or if it hasn't offered any slot machine payouts in a while. They are just wasting their time by trying to find a "hot" machine.

Online slots machines are no different form land based slots. Both are run by computer chips that have a RNG or Random Number Generator. The reels are controlled by the computer chip and the position where the reels will stop is determined by the RNG. The game is the same whether you are playing in a land based casino or online. In fact playing online slots machines is made possible because they are computer driven.

Playing a higher denomination machine indeed offers better and more often payouts. Usually nickel and quarter machines offer the smallest payouts. $100 machines on the other hand offer more frequent payouts.

It is advisable to play in only one casino. The casinos usually reward regular players, and after playing in a casino for a while you will become a preferred customer. You will then receive various comps from that casino. You will get those comps faster if you do all your gambling in just one place.

Some slot machines require a bet of only one coin. These are known as simple slots. All you have to do is insert one coin and pull the lever or push the button. There is no strategy that you can use. The only thing to remember is to bet only as much as you can afford and pocket any wins that you may get. Winning is never a guarantee and losing is a part of the game. And remember that the main goal is to have fun and be entertained.

Some machines allow you to bet more than just one coin. These machines are known as multiple coin machines. These multiple coin machines are divided into two categories:
  • Multiple coin machines where the number of payout lines increases depending on the number of coins that you have bet. You will get a maximum of 5 payout lines, three horizontal lines and two diagonal lines, when betting the maximum amount of coins. Each of these lines has the potential of getting you a payout.
  • Multiple coin machines where the payout depends on the number of coins that you have bet. For example you will get a payout of 200 coins if you have bet 1 coin, but if you have bet 2 coins you will get a payout of 500 coins. This payout will be as high as 1000 coins when betting 3 coins.

    When playing this type of machines it is advisable to always bet maximum coins. This makes sense because you will have the same chances of winning on every spin, but will get a better payout when getting a winning symbol combination.

If you find yourself on a tight budget then it is more advisable to play a quarter machine and always bet maximum coins as opposed to playing a $1 machine and betting just one coin per spin.

Comparison between various online slots machines

Here we will present the various types of slots that you can play online. Not all players are familiar with these variations, and most of the times people rush into playing online without informing themselves first.
The number of reels the machine has

The number of reels a machine has varies a lot. The smallest number of reels a machine can have is 3. But there are also 5, 7, 9 and even 12 reel slot machines.

3 Reel Slot Machines

This type of machine is considered "standard". They are also known as "Classic" machines. They can have from 1 to 5 paylines. The 3 reels spin and depending to where they stop you will get a payout or you will lose your bet.

5 Reel Slot Machines

These machines are the same as the 3 reel ones, the only difference is that 5 reels are used. Some of these machines offer just one payline. There are 5 symbols on this line, but you will receive a payout even if you only get a 3 symbols winning combination. This payout will of course be significantly smaller than a 4 or 5 symbol winning combination.

The number of paylines a machine has

If certain symbol combinations will line up on the screen then you will get a payout. This is known as a payline. All slot machines must have at least one payline. Some only have one payline while others have as many as 25. For every coin you bet another payline will be activated.

For example if you play a 5 payline machine and bet 5 coins, all the 5 paylines are activated (3 horizontal and 3 diagonal) and you will receive a payout if you get a winning combination on any of them. You can also bet fewer coins. This is always an option. For example if you bet 3 coins only 3 paylines are activated, the horizontal ones. If you get a winning symbol combination on the 4th payline you will not receive a payout.

When playing a classic 3 reel, single payline machine you may place more than one coin as a bet. In this case the number of coins you bet will influence the amount you will receive as a payout. Since there is just one payline the number of coins you bet only influences the payouts you will receive on that payline. The payline is the horizontal line in the middle of the screen.

Keep in mind that your chances of winning are the same no matter how much you bet. But you will get bigger payouts if you place larger bets.

3 reel machines may have as many as 3 paylines. In this case all the three horizontal lines on the screen are paylines. Depending on the number of coins you bet you will activate these paylines. A 1 coin bet will activate the middle payline, a 2 coins bet will activate 2 paylines and a 3 coins bet will activate all 3 paylines.

When playing a 5 reel machine you may have from as few as 5 paylines to as many as 25 paylines. The paylines are horizontal, diagonal and even bending lines. The paylines will vary from one machine to another. Usually they are clearly displayed on the machine.

Progressive slot machines

Every time you play on a progressive machine a certain percentage of your bet is added to the jackpot. This is called a progressive jackpot and it is continuously increasing until someone manages to win it. The progressive jackpot does not start from zero. The casinos set up the initial amount and that amount then grows. It will keep growing until someone wins the jackpot. The more players gamble on progressive machines then the faster the jackpot will grow. The jackpot can grow very fast when thousands of gamblers play progressive machines.

Most slot machines are regular machines and offer a fixed jackpot. The jackpot is clearly displayed on the pay table.

Progressive machines are very popular. Most players are drawn to this type of machine because they offer a tempting jackpot. The amounts of money in a progressive jackpot are very big and winning a progressive jackpot can be a life changing experience.

Note that some progressive jackpots have exceeded $1,000,000.

Payback percentages

Always take a look at the payout table. Some machines offer frequent payouts, but these are small in value. Other machines rarely offer payouts, but when they do, they payout large amounts of money. You should choose a machine that best suits your preferences.

Bonus rounds

Most slots games have a bonus feature. This is a great way to get additional payouts, but you will only get to play a bonus round if you get a certain symbol combination.

Playing slots in an online casino

There is a large offer of online casinos on the net today. Some of them are No download or Flash casinos while others are Download casinos.

When playing in a Flash casino you do not need to download any software. These casinos are compatible with WebTV, AOL, Macintosh OS and Windows OS. You can visit these casinos whenever you feel like playing slots. Just make sure to register and write down the player info provided by the casino.

When playing in a Download casino you will need to download the casino software and install it on your system. The software download is free and so is the installation. The software is compatible with Windows OS. If you want to play online slots machines for free just register as a guest player.

The great thing about playing online is that you can always play for free if you want to do so. Land based casinos do not offer this option, but online casinos have no problem with letting you play for free. This is great for beginner players that can practice without spending any money. When you are familiar with the game you can switch to playing for real money.

You can put money into your casino account through various methods. These transactions are safe and confidential. Online casinos accept these currencies: Euro (€), Pound (?), Yen (?), Rand (R) and US/Can Dollar ($).

So, you can play any game you want for free, from the comfort of your own home with just one click.. This is a great way of familiarizing yourself with a certain game. Maybe you just want to have some fun without spending money. These casinos offer great games that you can play in a risk free environment. The games are the same regardless if you play for money or free. It is the same software after all. Just sign up as a Guest player and enjoy any online casino game you choose. When you are ready you can play for real money.

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