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Basic Sots Guide

Slot machines (other names are "fruit machine", "poker machine" or simply "slot") is one of today's most popular casino attractions providing from 70 to 80 percent of the total casinos' income. Our basic slots guide will help you get familiar with the basic rules and technologies for slots, together with providing basic (too many basics in one sentence) recommendations on how to win at slots.

Slots history

According to the basic slots guide, slot history begins in the late 1800s, when the first mechanical gambling machines were invented. These machines offered prizes like cigarettes, food or drinks instead of cash.

The first slot machine was invented in 1895 by a car mechanic from San Francisco named Charles Fey. The Liberty Bell slot machine had five reels with five symbols on each of them representing card suits - diamonds, spades and hearts, horseshoes and a cracked Liberty Bell.

In late 1960s first electromechanical slot machines were introduced. They offered fully automatized payout process. Since that time the history of slots had changed its course. Modern video slot machines operated by computer programs have replaced classical models with reels and levers.

Basic rules for playing slots

Our slots guide claims that there are no particular step-by-step set of rules defining how to play slots. In fact, what one needs to play slots is insert coins (or, in modern Ticket In/Ticket Out models, a barcoded ticket) into a machine and pull the handle or push the button to spin the reels, either actual or simulated. The reels have particular symbols imprinted (marked) on them that come out in different combinations when the reels stop spinning. The winning combinations are available in slot payouts tables on the machine's face or on the different screen of the video slot.

Slot machine technology

One of the basic slot machine detail is reels, either physical or represented by computer graphics on video slot screen. Original single payline three-reel models were amplified by the five- and even seven-reel slots with multiple paylines. The number of symbol combinations with mechanical three-reel slots varied between 1,000 and 10,000, depending on the number of symbols on each reel. Modern slots using slots Random Number Generator (RNG) offer millions of possible combinations, as the RNG generates thousands of random number per second, and the most recent number it offers the moment the reels start spinning will define the combination of symbols on the reels.

Tips for winning slots

Our basic slots guide offers the list of basic tips on how to win at slots:

  • Use efficient slots money management system - set your bankroll beforehand and don't exceed its limits. Don't play with more money that you can possibly afford to lose.
  • Don't trust the eBook slot machine systems that claim to help you win at slots.
  • Choose slots with the best possible payouts for lower winning combinations and with higher payout percentages.
  • Try to make maximum bets on maximum paylines and with maximum coins to get higher payouts and eventually win the highest progressive jackpot.
  • If your bankroll is low, start playing with 3 or 4-reel slot machines offering smaller but more frequent payouts.
  • Join the slots club offering favorable comps and bonuses to refund your losses.
  • Stay cool and focused and know when to quit the game, even if you get on the winning streak, as it may seem.
  • Don't follow slot myths based on false assumptions. The biggest secret for slots is that there are no particular slots secrets. One may believe that the results of the spins in slots are interrelated, while due to the use of the RNG each spin is a random independent event. Another myth claims that it is possible to calculate the possible outcome of the spins by counting the symbols on each reel, which is also false due to the same reason.