It’s man against machine, but does man really have a chance?

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Even in Nevada, slot machines were merely a curiosity. Even the largest casino contained no more than a few hundred machines. They were there to entertain the browsers, while the serious gambling was conducted at the tables.

A couple of things happened in the 1960s and ’70s that changed the attitudes of both the casino executives and the players. Electro-mechanical machines were developed by pinball-machine builder Bally Manufacturing which permitted many more payoffs than the mechanical machines could accommodate. And the Bally machines came complete with an enlarged ‘hopper,’ or coin storage unit, that could hold up to 2,500 coins. In addition, the Bally machines could accept more than one coin at a time, which allowed the players to insert up to five coins on one pull of the handle.

When casinos were legalized in Atlantic City, riverboats in the Midwest and on Indian reservations across the U.S., slot machines became the game of choice.

Sound effects, special lighting, music and more frequent payouts drew more and more players to the slot machines. Players could chose from three-, four-, and five-reel ligaz888 machines, and in 1980, Bally engineered a group of machines that could be linked together to create a giant jackpot. Ironically, this development would fuel the growth of Bally’s chief competitor, IGT, which developed the ‘life-changing’ million dollar jackpots now commonplace in systems like ‘Megabucks,’ ‘Quartermania,’ and ‘Dollars Deluxe.’

Today, there are dozens of slot manufacturers around the world. Australia’s Aristocrat, Japan’s Universal and Sigma, Europe’s Novomatic, and many companies based in the United States, slot machines are often designed for specific markets. In Australia, Aristocrat produces video slot machines that include intricate graphics and complicated payouts for a very sophisticated slot player. In Japan, pachinko and pachisuro parlors reward players with prizes rather than cash. American players vary according to the area in which they play. In Las Vegas and Atlantic City, mature slot players turn more frequently to video poker, where they feel they have some control over their wins or loses. In other, newer, jurisdictions, the simpler the machine, the better. But the fact remains that slot machines are becoming increasingly popular, and slot manufacturers are producing more attractive machines to entice increasingly selective slot players.

Full Coin Play

Multiple-coin machines have several different definitions. On a single-line machine, the player inserts from one to five coins. If a winning combination occurs on the reels with three coins in, the payoff will three times as much as with one coin in. Four coins will produce a payoff of four times that of one coin, and so on.

Another version of a multiple-coin machine is one with multiple lines. By depositing additional coins, the player activates additional lines that pay off if the winning combinations hit. Some machines even pay on diagonal lines. This type of machines is an enticement to get the players to increase the amount of their wagers. For instance, if a player is only playing one coin, activating only one line, and a winning combination is hit on a non-activated line, it would encourage the player to deposit additional coins in order to have a chance at winning on those additional lines.

In both cases, the payback percentage and the house advantage of the machines do not change whether the player deposits one coin or multiple coins. The amount of profit the casino makes will increase substantially if it can get the players to deposit more than one coin ever play.

You should always gamble only what you can comfortably afford, so you should avoid playing five coins if you can only afford to play one, even if the casino tries to entice you with attractive paybacks. The only reason to play the full amount of coins would be if the slot machine rewards you when winning the top jackpot.

For instance, if one coin pays ten coins for a particular winning combination, two coins play 20 for the same combination, and three coins pays 50, it would be to your advantage to play three coins. The disparity in the awards makes it worth it.

But if you can’t afford to play those three coins, it’s advisable to find a machine that makes an evenly graduated payback for multiple coins, or drop down to a lower denomination.