Different Types of Machines

Mar 29th, 2009 - 1:59 PST

If you've never been to a casino and are planning to spend any time at a casino, then you should prepare yourself for the many different types of slot machines you will encounter. It helps to understand how each slot machine works before you go wasting your money so let's take a look at the different types of slot machines and find out what they're all about.

symbol of a slot machineLet's start with the multiplier. The multiplier pay out is determined by the amount of coins you insert in the slot machine. Each symbol carries a certain pay out amount and that amount is multiplied by the number of coins you insert into the machine. For example, three cherries pays out 5 coins. it will pay out 10 coins if you insert two coins, 15 coins if you inserted three coins. This is the perfect slot machine for those who want to play only one coin at a time.

The bonus multiplier is basically the same as the multiplier with the exception that when you insert the maximum number of coins and hit the jackpot it gives you a bonus. With the bonus multiplier if you've inserted the maximum number of coins and get a winner the pay out could be more than double of what one or two coins would pay out. You should contemplate if playing the extra coins is worth the possible bonus pay out on this slot machine.

Multiple pay line slot machines can have from three to nine different pay out lines. Each coin you insert will activate a particular line. If a line is not activated and you get a win in that line, you will not receive a pay out. The more coins you insert the more lines you have a chance to win on.

Buy-a-pay slot machines are by far the most difficult of the slot machines to understand. Each coin inserted allows you to collect on a designated symbol, therefore, the more coins you insert the more symbols you can collect on if you hit on them. This is a machine you should never play unless you plan to play the maximum amount of coins every time.

Finally, progressive slot machines are slots that pool a certain percentage of the money played on them into a top jackpot. The pay out on the smaller wins is lower to provide for that top jackpot. This is another slot machine you shouldn't play unless you intend to play the maximum coins every time.

Now that you know all about the different types of slot machines you are totally prepared to jump in front of them and try your luck.