Slot Machine Types
Yes! There actually is more to slots than most people would think. It's not just
as simple as walking up to any old game and pulling the arm; you really should
get to know exactly what type of slot machine you're about to play.
There are three main types of slots: flat top or straight slot, progressive, and video slots. That alone isn't enough; there is also a nice variety of multi-paylines and multi-reels, just to complicate things further. No worries, though. This site has been written especially for that reason - to give people a chance to comprehend the world of gambling a little more.
Flat Top (straight slots)
With these slots, the jackpots are static, meaning that no matter how much money you put in, the payout will always be the same. The amount of the payout varies, however, 10,000 coins (usually quarters) is most common among casinos.
Unlike the straight slots, the jackpot amount on the progressives changes the more money is played. It's sort of like the lottery; the more people play, the bigger the jackpot gets - until someone wins it.
Just like everything around us, slots are also becoming more computerized. Instead of pulling an arm, you roll the reels by the touch of an area on a touch screen. The graphical display is more appealing to the player, as is the convenience of choosing exactly what type of slot you want to play (how many payline, reels, or coin denomination). All can be customized by simply pointing at the screen.
The straight and progressive slots can be customized even further. The coin denomination, number of paylines, number of reels as well as the number of coins played varies from one machine to another. Even though there are only three basic slot machine types, the details and rules of each set them apart.
Coin Denomination - Simply put, are you gambling small change or the big bucks? Quarter and dollar slots are the most popular, putting the nickel slots out of business. However, playing the higher denomination slots can yield a bigger payout than the low denomination slots, but that solely depends how much money you're willing to bet.
Number of Coins - Just like what coins you want to bet, you also have a choice of how many you'd like to play. Various slots will have different coin maximums (usually between one and three) on a single spin. With progressives in particular, it's best to play the maximum number of coins allowed to get the most out of the game, and to collect more mullah should you happen to win. Most flat tops require you to play the maximum number of coins in order to hit the jackpot.
Number of Paylines - The most common number of paylines is one, although you will find slots with as many as four. However many paylines there is, that is how many coins you have to play per pull. It can have it's advantages as well as disadvantages; it's good to have the opportunity to double or triple pays if the winning combinations appear on more than one payline together, but do you want to be restricted to playing a certain minimum number of coins based on the number of paylines? The decision is yours.
Number of Reels - The reels are the spinning wheels on which the symbols appear. The lower the number of reels, the better your odds of winning; it's much easier to line up three symbols than it is to line up four or five and get a winning combination. It's as simple as it gets!