A slot machine, also called the fruit machines, pugs, slots, the magnetic ones, card machines or fruit machines, is a mechanical gambling machine that generates a game of luck for its users. It can be played both at land-based casinos and on the internet. They are usually powered by the use of coin collection machines, which give coins to the player based on the number of spins or ‘spins’ it receives. The machine will stop spinning when it reaches a number called a maximum push’, at which time the machine will stop and either give another coin or stop playing, in which case the player will not receive any coins.
The most popular types of the fruit machines are the five-reel ones, in which the reels turn over one or more times depending on the luck of the draw. Some of these also have what is called bonus rolls; these are used in online casinos, where the player gets to ‘roll the red roll’ i.e. double or triple his money. Some fruit machines also contain a spin counter, which counts the number of times the wheel has turned. The player can choose to stop the spin if the number he chose turns out to be the winning number.
Slots are divided into two types – the progressive and the mixed. The progressive slots are where the reels have a definite number of coins to rotate before they stop, whereas the mixed slots are mixed up with other types of the slot machines such as the jackpot slots. The progressive slots are usually longer than the mixed ones and therefore offer more chances of winning. On the contrary, the mixed variety can be shorter than the progressive ones, but offer fewer opportunities for winning.
Online slot machines are different from the traditional ones because they do not involve the playing of ‘picks’ or ‘dollars’. The playing of these online slot machines does not require any specific skills, and one does not need to know anything about the game before starting to play. This means that people of all ages can play online fruit machines. It is this reason why many parents who are worried about their kids losing their concentration while playing traditional slot machines at the casino, do not hesitate to send them to the online casino to enjoy their slots there.
While many people worry that they will lose all the money they have won in these online casinos, this is not the case. There are a wide range of payout percentages that are given to all the customers who play in these casinos. The percentage that is given to certain machines depends on how much the customer is willing to spend, and on the number of bets that he wants to place on these fruit machines.
Fruit machine jackpots tend to be much higher than the ones that are awarded to regular slot machines. This is because there is no such thing as a simple ‘one jackpot symbols’ or a ‘two jackpot symbols’. The jackpots in fruit machines are based on a mathematical system. The numbers and symbols that are associated with each jackpot symbol are also different, and this is what adds up to make the jackpot higher.
In addition to the jackpot symbols and their values, one may also win free coins in these slots. Free coins are given to the users when they reach a specific number of points after they finish playing in these slots. It is possible for one to get more free coins than this specified number of points. One also gets to buy second and third choice reels in the fruit machines, which allow him to win even more money. One is able to buy as many reels as he wishes, provided that he has sufficient cash on him.
All that remains for the slot players to do is to press a button when they want to start the sequence and win the jackpot prize. They can also increase the amount of wins in these fruit machines by choosing the reels that contain higher payoff. There are two types of jackpots in these slot machines – single-line and multi-line jackpots. In a multi-line jackpot, there are always more winning combinations than the single line version. The only way by which a player can lose in a multi-line jackpot is if all the winning combinations fall into the same column or row.