There are table games people and there are slots people. If one had to count, though, it is a simple fact of life that there are a whole lot more slot machine people out there than fans of all the other games combined. And why not? Slots are fun, cheerful, fast paced, and the prizes are often enormous. One doesn’t have to learn complex strategies to play slots. Nothing to memorize. Slots are simplicity personified. Push a button and hope to win.

When players win it comes with a song and dance. The machine blares, it flashes. It announces to the world that there is a new winner. It is exhilarating when those wheels come to rest at just the right place and the machine pays out vast amounts of money.

So how do slot machines work? The mechanism is rather simple. There are wheels in a slot machine that are printed with a series of symbols. The symbols just need to align in the correct combination and the machine pays out. The simplest slot machines have three wheels and one payline, while the more modern ones have five or more wheels and multiple paylines. Paylines are the literal lines that cross the screen along which combinations can take place. They can be straight, diagonal, or zig-zagging, depending on how many paylines the player buys per spin. Players just need to put in their desired credits, specify how many credits to use per spin, and just push the button. It enhances the game to know which symbol combinations are winners, but it is not necessary. The process is largely automated. We love playing the Slots at Eurogrand Casino. Try out our favorite Rocky slot now!

Payouts are designed to conform to the odds each symbol combination has of appearing. The symbols themselves could represent anything. They could be fruits, as in the classic machines, or they could be comic book characters, as you would find in a modern casino. All that matters is that there are several symbols and the more there are the harder it is to win. Of course, the harder it is to win, the bigger the payout for those who do actually win. It is a system that scales up linearly.

It stands to reason that the machines that pay out the largest amounts are those with the most reels. Each additional reel compounds the complexity of each spin exponentially. More reels mean more symbols, and more symbols mean more complex combinations are required for winning. To illustrate this, it helps to imagine two machines. One is a simple old style three reel machine. Each reel would have five symbols printed on it. On the other side there is a five reel machine. Each of the five reels can have a hundred symbols printed on it. There's a wide array of beautifully designed games at Mr Green Casino.

The odds are actually pretty easy to calculate for either scenario. On the old style machine you calculate the odds of the winning symbol per reel. It comes out to 1 out of 5 or 1/5. Then you multiply it to the third power since there are three reels. So the calculation is 1/5 x 1/5 x /1/5 = 1/125. A bit less than one out of a hundred spins wins the jackpot. If you think about it, these are actually very good odds. The same calculation can be made for a modern machine that has a hundred symbols on each of its five reels. 1/100 x 1/100 x 1/100 x 1/100 x 1/100 = 1/10,000,000,000. One out of ten billion spins is a winner. That’s much, much worse than the odds of winning your local state lottery.

But things aren’t as clear cut as that. There are lots of different machines and each one has its own configuration. They are designed to confound people. Some might have three reels with a hundred symbols each, while others might have five reels with only twenty symbols each. So which one would have the better odds? The five reel or the three reel? It pays to do the math before you sit at a machine. Regardless of which type of slot you want to play at, head on over to Golden Riviera they have over 300 machines to try out!

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In this case, the three reel machine yields a win ratio of 1/1,000,000, or one in a million. The five reel machine, on the other hand 1/3,200,000. Two things have happened. First, the odds became much closer than they were before. Both are in the million(s) to one odds range. But the interesting thing is that the machine with just twenty symbols on the reel still delivers significantly worse odds than the one with a hundred symbols on the reel. It might seem counterintuitive, but it’s true. The complexity of the machine is directly correlated to the number of reels it has. It always pays off to find a machine with fewer reels in every scenario.

This is an important lesson to learn when playing slot machines. And it constitutes only one of two strategies that can actually work. The other one is quite simple to grasp. Always bet the maximum allowable wager. This is the only way to win the big jackpots. If you bet the minimum, even if you get the correct symbols in a row, you will not win the entire prize.

Next time you’re about to play the slot machines, keep these two tips in mind. Select the machine that offers the best odds of winning, and make sure to put the maximum wager in each spin. This is the best way to ensure your name appears in the scrolling winners list on the casino’s homepage.