If luck is all about believing you are lucky then slot machines can account for an uncountable number of such ‘lucky’ visitors to its box in every gambling house all over the world. Slots is the simplest form of gambling that can prove to be the strongest addiction for players from six to sixty. It also contributes to 70% of the average casino’s income.
Hollywood films screened in Las Vegas casinos regularly feature slot machines that are also known as fruit machine in the UK and poker machine in Australia. Each slot machine has three or more spinning reels that roll to the press of a button. Old slot machines featured a lever that had to be pulled down for the slots to spin. They were famously called one-arm bandits because they usually left the players penniless.
The machine that is enabled with a currency detector pays based on the patterns of symbols that appear on the slots when the spinning reels come to a halt. The winning combination is called a bonus and every bonus depends on the game.
In a three reel machine the number of combinations is counted in cubic. The ancient slot machine had only three reels and 10 symbols which accounted for 1000 possible combinations. This mechanism proved to be very dreary and the machine was also very high risk. In the latter half of the 20th century as technology made headway into these slot machines they were programmed to weight particular symbols. Therefore the odds of losing symbols appearing on the pay line became inconsistent with their actual occurrence on the physical reel.
The main difference between video slots and reel slots is in the way payouts are calculated. In reel slots one can win a maximum jackpot only when one plays the maximum number of coins, while in the video slots the fixed payout values are multiplied by the number of coins per line that one bets.
Slotting luck depends on the player’s luck but more on the casino’s trickery with the slot machines, they are mostly manipulated to decrease the chances of a player winning, but you never know when you might get lucky.
Trivia on slot machines say that Inge Telnaes titled a patent “Electronic Gaming Device Utilizing a Random Number Generator for Selecting the Reel Stop Positions” in 1984. This has now become the Telnaes mapping that features in modern day slot machines. The Telnaes mechanism allows for a greater chance at payoffs than is legally limited in games of chance.
A slot Jackpot is when a number of machines are linked together and have a large prize on offer. The Megabucks is an example of a video game where the machines from various casinos are linked together. The Megabucks Nevada starts at a $10,000,000 jackpot.
Frank Scoblete writes in Beat the One-Armed Bandits “They (slot machines) sit there like young courtesans, promising pleasures undreamed of, your deepest desires fulfilled, all lusts satiated.” And he couldn’t have hit the winning combination better with those words.