Interaction between player and a slot

Playing a slot machine is very interactive.  In fact, many people have become engrossedplaying them for hours- alternating between collecting their winnings, andattempting to ignore their losses.  Ingeneral, a player buys the right to gamble with the machine.  Modern slot machines have three paymentmethods: coins, bills, or cards/tickets. A player inserts his money or card, and pulls the lever or presses thebutton.  A display shows a grouping ofsymbols that must match up in certain combinations in order for the player to“win” money. 


Slotmachines can be played standing up or sitting down, and may involve the use ofskill by the player.  Some machines arethemed or have variations on the individual characteristics of the game, but theprinciples all remain the same.  Manyslot machines require the player to perform certain functions or respond inparticular ways that give the illusion of involving skill in the game, when inactuality these additional features are only for entertainment and have noeffect on the payout a player receives. 


Slotmachines are played at various monetary levels: the cost can be one penny, anickel, a quarter, or a dollar or more for each “play.”  While playing one level of credit at a time,a player can only expect to win according to the arrangement of symbols thatthe machine returns.  However, most gamesfeature variants that allow the player to bet on the particular play.  For instance, a quarter machine will allowyou to bet additional coins- up to five, to increase the amount of moneyreturned in the event of a winning combination. With most machines, the more money inserted into the machine with eachplay increases the amount of a payout, but does not increase the chances ofreceiving a winning combination of symbols.


Slotmachines are designed to attract attention- they are sleek, metallic, andsomehow they manage to be both futuristic and antique in appearance.  They have brightly-colored, spinning lightsat the top- called candles, and they make a wide variety of noises.  Bells, whistles, horns, alarms, and thedispensing and counting of coins create a noisy, exciting atmosphere.  Often, a crowd will build up behind a particularplayer when they are on a “winning streak, thus serving to attract moreattention to the slots.  All of this isamplified by the fact that casinos place dozens or even hundreds of slotmachines next to each other in a designated area.  However, as bright and inviting and excitingas they may appear, all of the “bells and whistles” are just that-entertainment.  The principle of a slotremains the same: a player gambles that he will receive the best winningcombination of randomly selected symbols that equal the largest possible payout.