Slot Machine Secrets

The inner workings of online or offline slot machines are often a very closely kept secret than the manufacturers don't want anyone to know or in theory, they could gain a massive advantage when playing them, or at least increase their chances of winning.

In this part of the website we shall take a closer look at some of the slot machine secrets that they don't want you to know about, it is a very good read so sit back and enjoy.

The layout of the symbols on the reels is paramount to ensuring the slot machine pays out less than 100%, the idea behind this layout is a mathematic equation, for example if there are 20 symbols on each reel, and just one jackpot symbol on each the odds of you winning the jackpot are 20 x 20 x 20 which equals 7999-1.

So the more symbols on a reel and the number of symbols will directly effect your overall chances of winning, another example is for a 20 symbol reel, if there are 5 cherries on each reel then the odds on getting three, one on each reel is 20 divided by 5 equals 4 x 4 x 4 equals 63 to 1.

The best way to check a slot game is paying out a fair percentage is to look on the casinos websites for their monthly payout percentage verification certificates, these are compiled by independent third parties to ensure fair play.

However, you as a player can at any time work out the payout percentage you have received in any particular slots session and you do this by simply adding up the amount of money you have staked in the session and along with the amount of money the slot has paid out and then dividing the latter by the former.

So if you have wagered, for example, $290 on the slot game and you have received $260 back in winnings then 260 divided by 290 equals 89.6%.

UK Fruit Machines however work on a different concept, and this is a fixed payout percentage and it makes no difference how many symbols are on each reel as it is the computers pre-programmed payout percentage that over-rides the reels.

These type of slot games often have the lowest and worst payout percentages often in the low 70's, which means in theory for every $1 you put in you are only going to get 70 Cents back!

These Fruit Machines will take and take money over a pre determined number of spins, and then when they will payout their jackpot to stabilise the payout percentages, they very rarely payout of 100% unlike some online slot machines

However, legally the operators have to inform players by a small sticker on the Fruit Machine the payout percentage that the slot game is based on, so if you do choose to play these then make sure you check the payout percentages, some operators will allow the payout percentages to be very high so it really does pay to shop around.