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Slots

Lucky charms can’t control the outcome of a spin.

Goal

Every spin is random. What happened in previous spins is no more or less likely to happen again.

Whether you push a button or pull a handle, the objective of the game is to spin and win or spin and lose.

  • Modern slot machines offer an extremely fast rate of play, allowing you to play many spins quickly
  • The goal is to spin a winning combination of symbols as defined in the pay table

Rules

Rule #1: Set a budget. Rule #2: Stick to it.

  • Choose a machine denomination within your budget. Remember: Location of the machine and the game’s reputation have no bearing on whether you will win or lose.
  • Use the buttons to access pay tables and information about the game.
  • Insert your money, which the machine tracks as “credits”.
  • Choose number of lines as well as the number of credits, which you can use to calculate your average cost per spin.
  • Denomination of Machine x Number of Credits x Number of Lines = Average Cost of Spin

Etiquette

There's no calling dibs in slots.

  • Taking breaks is important, but don’t expect others to save your machine for you
  • Pushing or shaking the machine does not influence your chances of winning
  • Playing multiple machines during crowded times will not change the randomness of machines or your odds of winning

Odds

Luck isn’t for you. Luck isn’t against you. Luck just doesn’t care.

Over time, the house always wins.

  • Each spin of the reels is independent of what came before, so a slot machine never becomes “due” for a win
  • Your odds of winning can be found in the pay table on the machine being played
  • Randomness of every machine is monitored by regulators to ensure fairness
  • Payback percentages are calculated over the lifetime of the machine, which means that a high payback percentage does not equate to your chances of winning

Terminology

Know the game. Play on your terms.

Volatility: Volatility refers to how risky a slot machine is to play. A low volatility machine offers a lower risk with a potential lower reward while a high volatility machine offers a higher risk with a higher potential reward. Randomness: Every slot machine contains a random number generator, which ensure that every spin is completely random and independent of previous spins. For this reason, a slot machine is never “due” for a win. Payback Percentage: The amount a slot machine is programmed to payback to players over the entire lifetime of a machine. These percentages typically fall between 80-95%. Near Miss: A near miss occurs when winning symbols appear extremely close to a winning payline, but are not a part of the winning payline (resulting in a loss). False Win: A false win occurs when the amount won on a spin is less than the amount wagered.