Slot machine odds

The chance of hitting a particularsymbol or combination of symbols in a modern slot machine is based on thesetting up of the virtual reels. Similar to what we have found in the lastsection, each of the stops on the actual reel can match up to more than onestop on the virtual reel.  To put it moresimply, the odds of hitting a particular image on the actual reel depend on thenumber of virtual stops that correspond to the actual stop. In a typical slotmachine the top jackpot stop in case of each reel would correspond to only onevirtual stop. The odds of hitting a jackpot image in one reel would be around 1in 64. Setting up the reels in a similar manner would then further diminish theratio of the chance of hitting the jackpot image in all three reels, whichwould then be 1 in 643, or 262,144. In case of machines that have a biggerjackpot, the virtual reel may have many more stops. This would reduce the oddsof winning that jackpot significantly.

Since the losing blank stopslocated above and below the jackpot image may correspond to more virtual stopsthan other images, a player most likely will hit the blank stops directly nextto the winning stop. This would make them believe that they have just missedthe jackpot. They would not be then discouraged and would keep on gambling eventhough the closeness of the shots becomes unimportant.

In order to achieve a certainpayback percentage the machine's program is accordingly designed and tested.  The playback percentage is the percentage thatis eventually paid out to the player. In a percentage of 90 the casinos shareis 10 percent of all the money put into the slot machine. It gives away theother 90 percent. If the payback percentage is under 100 which is usually thecase the casino wins over time.

The law requires paybackpercentage is to be above a certain level (somewhere around 75 percent) in mostof the gambling jurisdictions. The percentage often ranges from 90- to 97-inmost casino machines which are quiet higher than the minimum. If the machines area lot tighter than the competitors machine the players will take the businessthere. The odds of a particular slot machine are usually programmed on themachine’s computer chip. You need to change the chip to tighten up a machine.The machines by themselves cannot loosen up They are not likely to play thelonger you play. Computer always pulls up new random numbers so the chances ofhitting the jackpot every single time you pull the handle remain the same. Inthe standard system the idea that a machine can be ‘ready to pay’ staysactually in the players head.

If you hit the slot machines of acasino you will have dozens of gaming options. Different machines havedifferent number of reels and many have multiple pay lines. Machines withmultiple pay lines allow players to choose many lines to play. In case of aminimum bet the single lane running straight across the reel counts but if theplayer puts more money he or she can play the additional horizontal lines thatlies above and below the main play line or they can also play the diagonallines running across the reels. In case of machines with multiple bet options aplayer will eligible for the maximum jackpot only when they make a maximum bet.It does not matter in such cases whether the machine has multiple pay lines ornot. A modern slot machine has different pay out schemes. A standard slotmachine would be different from the jackpot payout in the progressive machine.The payout amount in the first case never changes. The progressive machinecontinuously changes as players put more money into it and only after a playerwins it all the jackpot is reset to its starting value. In this progressivesetup, multiple machines are linked together in one computer system. The moneyput into each machine contributes to the central jackpot. In some giantprogressive games, machines can be linked up to form a network of differentcasinos all across a city or even a state.

There may be simple aestheticvariations in a slot machine. A video slot machine is different because itprovides a video image rather than actual rotating reels. Initially the playersdistrusted the video slot machine without the spinning reels and thought thegames to be rigged without knowing that handles in the modern machines arecompletely irrelevant to the outcome of the game. Manufacturers include them togive players an illusion of control.

Game Manufacturers have devisedseveral other variations of the popular slot machine in use in modern times.They are mainly thematic variations based on   televisionshows, poker, craps and horse racing etc.