Slots is one of the most popular ways to gamble due to them being easy to learn and tremendous fun. To play slots in a casino, all you have to do is sit down, put in money and start playing. Online it’s almost the same, but still as easy.
But what about everything that happens behind the scenes? Let’s take a look inside a slot machine and understand how it works and what happens when you pull the lever or click the button.
How slot machines work
Slot machines usually have three or more “reels”, which all have a number of symbols on them. The old-school and physical slot machines may have around 20 or more per reel, while technology has made it possible to make digital slots with way more. Some digital slots have 256 virtual symbols per reel, making millions of different combinations possible.
The old-school slot machines are made with levers and gears, that works as the random number generator. Today on digital slot machines a math algorithm programmed into the machine makes all the magic. The random number generation is what determines if you win or lose on your spin and is calculated in the exact moment you press play. This means every single spin is random and is unrelated to all previous and future spins, making it impossible to predict what will happen on the next play.
Different types of slot machines
With the technical revolution slots isn’t as they have always been. Today it’s possible to play slots with paylines, megaways, multi-way pays and much more. This makes slots even more intriguing and makes it possible for everyone to find a slot to play, that they will enjoy.
Odds of winning and payouts
How much you are able to win on a single spin varies from one slot machine to another. It’s also defined on how much you choose to bet on the single spin and how many paylines you play.
Today it’s possible to play for as little as 0.01€ on a single spin and all the way up to hundreds per spin. How little and how much is possible also varies from machine to machine, meaning you have to find a machine you enjoy and where your bankroll allows to play it.
Odds on slots
When playing slots, it’s important to remember that the house will always win in the end. Today it’s defined how much the house wins by something called RTP (Return to player). In general todays slots typically have a house edge of 2-10%.