Slot machines have been around since the 1800s, and were originally installed in casinos and saloons for use by those without enough gambling knowledge to tackle the craps, blackjack, or daunting poker tables.
Nowadays, slot machines are still in use the world over, although online slots, or virtual slots, are proving to be an ever-growing internet hit.
Here are a few bits of information for well informed gambling:
In first production, slot machines contained a series of drums, which rotated around a main cog at varying speeds. The drums would slow down until eventually come to a halt, and winnings were decided by the ‘payline’.
This payline is still in use today but has been converted to video reels, and has increased from a single horizontal line, to a series of multiple horizontal and diagonal lines which provide various combinations of betting tactics and payoffs.
Modern paylines are able to produce over 50 combinations of results from a single spin.
A pay table shows the player what the winning combinations are, how much their bet will garner, and the hierarchy of the hands. Traditionally, the pay table would be printed onto the face of the machine for easy reference. These days the pay table is generally available at the push of a button, especially on online or computerized slots.
Random Number Generator
Today’s modern slot machines select the next combination with the use of a random number generator. The number generator runs whether the game is in use or buzzflood not, and generates thousands of variations every few seconds.