Today, slot machines make up about 30% of an average casino’s profits. As popular as slots are in the land casino world, they are even more popular in the wonderful world of online casinos
Slots Machines Terminology
The amount of money wagered on a slot.
Bet the maximum amount of coins
Any additional way to win in addition to the reel pays
On these machines, each coin you put in buys a winning combination.
A light on the top of the machine that flashes to indicate a problem with the machine
A group of slot machines.
Traditional slots that consist of 3 reels and can include multiple paylines, as well as wild and scatter symbols.
The denomination of the coin that you must play at a machine.
Units of currency that slots can be played in.
Coins Per Line
The amount that’s bet on each payline.
Coin Per Spin
This is how many coins you choose to bet on each game.
Currency or tokens used to represent money.
The UK version of slots which commonly have features such as the option to hold the reels, nudge and bonus games.
This is a slot player’s way of describing a win.
Hit Rate / Frequency
A term used to describe how often a slot machine pays a winning combination.
The amount of money (in percentage form) that the house hold backs from players over time.
The area where the money is stored in a slot machine.
The highest possible win on a slot machine
The dream of every slot player is to find loose slots those machines that return a high percentage to the player.
Slot machines at seating level position where a person can sit and play.
The highest possible bet in coins for a game.
Slot machines that accept a few different coin denominations.
A slot machine with more than one pay line.
The maximum number of coins that can be played per spin. With most progressive slot machines, the max bet must be played in order to qualify for the big jackpot prize.
Traditional mechanical slot machines that have actual reels inside.
One Armed Bandit
Slang term used to refer to slot machines. Because of their ability to leave the slot player broke
The percentage of winnings a machine will pay out in relation to the amount of money put in.
Pay for Play Machines
One-two-three coin option slot machines with staggered payoffs – the more coins played, the higher the potential winnings.
The line at which the symbols must align to determine a win or not.
The amount of money of credits paid to the player for a specific combination or win.
Pay Out Percentage
The % of bets that a slot machine will pay back over the long term.
A table or board on the slot machine showing the payoff for each winning combination. It will also indicate bonus features, max bet options.
Australian slang for slot machines.
A group of slot machines linked together which have a communal big jackpot.
A big jackpot that grows progressively as more people play and more money is deposited. For every spin, another small amount is added to the jackpot total. Generally the progressive jackpot is linked with other machines.
A section on the slot machines that indicates how much the current progressive jackpot is worth.
Random Number Generator (RNG)
A device that generates new numbers on a completely random basis and controls the spinning of the slot machine reel. The RNG is used in many casino machines to provide absolute randomness.
The rotating narrow barrels on which the symbols appear. Slot machines have between 3-5 reels.
The process of dramatizing a win by playing sounds while the meters count up to the amount that has been won.
A pay out found on video slots that wins without having to line up. This often activates the bonus feature or bonus game.
A type of slot machine which is wider and shorter than normal machines, and which are becoming popular is casinos, replacing the traditional ones.
Slot Club Member
A loyalty program run by many casinos (online and land casinos) which provides regular players with extra points and bonuses.
Posted on the front of slot machines. All the information needed to determine the denominations you can play and the winning amounts.
Spins are when the reels appear to be in motion before coming to a stop .
This happens when many wild symbols are positioned on top of each other on the reels.
Slot machines that need to be played standing up.
Anywhere that a real stops – between or on symbols.
The pictures or graphics on the reels that need to line up in order to win.
The cycle of slot machine whereby it is expected that the machine will payout after a certain amount of coins have been fed into it.
A reference to the small amount often paid out to keep a player seated and continuously betting.
Slot machines that pay back a low percentage of the money played into them.
A malfunctioning machine.
Slot machines without reels, but rather a video screen that generates a picture of reels spinning.
A joker type symbol that will act as the required symbol to make up a winning combination in a pay line.
A wild symbols that not only substitutes for other symbols but also multiplies any win it is part of.
The amount of ways to win as displayed by the paytable.