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Slot Machine Terminology

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Whether you are new at Slot Machines, or are a veteran it is always good to keep up with your slot machine terminology. Here are a few basic terms that one should know when they get ready to pull that reel.

First off is Hand Pay. Hand Pay usually occurs in the higher slot machine payouts, or if the slot machine that you are playing at incorrectly gives you the wrong amount of winnings. If the amount you were to win is greater then the amount of money, or credit, that they have in the slot machine itself you can go get the slot machine attendant, or the cage player, and they will pay you. The term when they pay you is Hand Pay due to the fact that they are handing over your pay.

Secondly there is Hold Percentage. The hold percentage is usually discussed among the casino executives where you are playing. It is the opposite of the payback percentage, and it represents the amount of money the casino is making from that particular machine, or there whole slot department in general. This is also known or thought of as a betting fee.

The next term you should know would be the Payback Percentage. The Payback Percentage is the amount of money that the slot machine will eventually over time pay back to the player. This amount of money isn’t for a single spin, or a couple, tens, or even thousands of spins.

This is confusing for some people, and is often misunderstood among some. The Payback Percentage applies to the total amount of dollars that run through the machine, and not the money that you yourself have entered into that machine.

Fourthly there is a term called the Progressive Jackpot. The jackpot is the amount on the slot machine as each bet is played. Progressive Jackpot’s can be put into two categories. The two categories of Progressive Jackpot are called the Individual Progressive Jackpot and the Multiple Progressive Jackpot.

Individual jackpot is a progressive jackpot that one builds up on that individual machine. While multiple progressive jackpots build as bets are placed on multiple slot machines. This basically means when more then one slot machine is linked to a single progressive jackpot. The slot machines jackpots tend to grow a lot more faster by multiple progressive jackpot then with the individual progressive jackpot.

Another term commonly used when trying to find out your odds of hitting that jackpot is the RNG. Each slot machine that you or anyone else plays on has a computer chip in it that generates random numbers or symbols.

RNG in and of itself mean Random Number Generator. The RNG will determine if your spin is a winner or a loser. This chip continues to generate numbers or symbols constantly, about 1000 per second, until you put a coin into the machine. Once you pull the lever the reel stops on the number that the RNG determined for your game when you placed the coin into it.

I hope this has helped you a little bit when you hit that game floor in the casino. You want to seem like you know what you are doing, if you are new that is, and now you have the chance to sound like you have been doing this for years now.

The First Slot Machine

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Have you ever wondered where the slot machine came from? Who invented it? Was the first the first slot machine(s) as popular as they are today, or did they have a slow beginning?

Well the slot machines history began all the way back in the year 1895. It was the first mechanical slot machine which went by the name of The Liberty Bell. It was located in San Francisco. It was invented by a car mechanic by the name of Charles Fey who was born in the year of 1862 and died in the year of 1944. He was only thirty three when he created the world’s first mechanical slot machine. This is quite an achievement in and of itself at that point in time.

The Liberty Bell is a slot machine that had three spinning reels in all. The heart, the spade, and the diamond symbols were painted on each one of those reels. The jackpot symbol was a painted on version of a cracked Liberty Bell, in cohesion with its name of course. If you were to hit the three jackpots in a row your total payout would have been a grand total of fifty cents or ten nickels. Not much to us now, but it was worth more during that time then it is for us right now.

The original Liberty Bell is still in existence, and is on display. It is located at a restaurant called the Liberty Belle Saloon & Restaurant. The restaurant is located in Reno, Nevada.

Apparently even back then the demand for the Liberty Bell slot machines were high in demand. So much that Charles Fey could not keep up with the growing demand that he had back then. A company called Gambling supply manufacturers tried to buy the manufacturing and distribution right to The Liberty Bell but Charles Fey refused to sell them. As a result of that in 1907, a company called, Herbert Mills, made a knock off version of the Liberty Bell. Herbert Mills was the first company to use to use the fruit symbols lemons, plums, and cherries on there machines.

In actuality, in 1891, the first slot machine idea was invented. It had five drums that would display poker hands. It didn’t have a payback mechanism in the machine so the places that bought the machine, usually bars, had to provide there own prizes such as drinks and whatnot. But the invention of what became the modern day slot machine has to go to Charles Fey for his invention that eventually changed the dace of gaming today.

It wasn’t until the late 80’s that a fully electronic slot machine, introduced by Bob Dylan, came around. So, in essence, Charles Fey did start the legendary trend of slot machines that we have come to love today.

So now you know a little bit more about how the slot machine came to exist. How the first slot machine grew to great horizons that Charles Fey couldn’t keep up with the demand. We’ll have to thank him every time we pull down the lever to take that epic spin.

What is a Slot Machine?

Friday, March 12th, 2010

So, you’ve heard about Slot Machines before but you don’t exactly know for sure what they are, or how they operate then you’ve come to the right article. We will start off first with a basic description, and definition, and then move on to the more complex Slot Machine details.

Slot Machine: It is a gambling machine which is operated by placing coins into a slot, and more often then not pulling down a lever making the machine bring up your symbols.

Slot Machines are also one of the most popular casino games out there, so more likely than not if you have ever been inside a casino you have seen people playing Slot Machines, or have even played them yourself. Since it is the easiest game, there has been a study saying that over 50% of people who are first time visitors to a casino immediately go and play the slot machines since it doesn’t take much skill, or strategy to play these games.

Slot Machines usually comprised of levers, wheels, and reels, that spin when you insert the coin and pull down the lever, or when you push a button, and then the wheel and reels go. But before you decide to play slots for money, you will need to learn how to play online slots.

Reasons to Play Slots

There are several reasons one plays Slot Machines. The first reason is that the slot machines are both easy to play, and relatively inexpensive to play. The second reason one would want to play the slot machines is to get that well-rounded Jackpot.

Since that is the main objective of playing Slot Machines in the first place. Everybody wants to win the big bucks. You put in little after a little amount every time you pull that lever to make multiple times the amount of money that you put into the Slot Machine in the first place.

The above process of winning the Jackpot usually involves simply matching the bright, easily recognizable symbols on the screen in front of you, usually the symbols are fruit.

Have you ever wondered how the Slot Machine comes up with all those different combinations of symbols that you see on the Slot Machine in front of you on occasion. Well there is a computer chip inside that Slot Machine that calculates a thousand different combinations every second.

Once you put your coin in the machine stops making combinations and gives you the one it stopped on the exact second you put that coin in. That computer chip is called the RNG, or Random Number Generator.

The first Slot Machine was invented in 1887 by a car mechanic named Charles Fey, who made the mechanical, but not electrical yet, Slot Machine in his basement. From that point on the Slot Machine has gained massive popularity.

It was so popular back when Charles Fey created the first Slot Machine that he couldn’t keep up with the orders that were coming in for his product. Which eventually brought in a company who wanted to buy the rights to the Slot Machine from Charles Fey so that they can mass produce the Slot Machine in there factory line. This resulted in a spin off of Charles Fey Slot Machine game, but with fruits instead of the card symbols, which became the much loved game that we play today.