Choosing a Slot Machine
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In the old days, a slot was an all-or-nothing affair: you yanked a lever and either the cherries or stylized lucky sevens lined up in a winning line or nothing happened at all. With the advent of microprocessors, however, manufacturers could build slots with multiple paylines and varied odds. Today’s machines can be played on dozens of lines — up, down, sideways and diagonally.
When choosing a machine to play, look for the Return to Player rate (the % of money a game gives back to players) and the variance (how much and how often a slot pays out). Variance is important because high variance machines can keep you playing for long periods without any significant wins, but when they do hit, it’s big. Also, pick a machine based on what you like to increase your enjoyment. You can choose machines with classic symbols such as fruits, bells and stylized lucky sevens or video slots with a more complex storyline and bonus features. A good way to find a machine you’ll enjoy is to visit websites that list the payout rates and themes for each slot.