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How to Play Las Vegas Slots Machines

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Within the last 15 years every aspect of the Las Vegas casino has changed in different ways and so has the Slot Machines. Traditional slot machines that are coin-operated machines with three or more reels, which spin when a lever on the side of the machine is pulled is mostly a thing of the past.

Today, Las Vegas slot machines which are considered modern slot machines are designed to look and feel like the old mechanical models, but they work on a completely different principle. The outcome of each pull is actually controlled by a central computer inside the machine, not by the motion of the reels.

Las Vegas casinos offer the widest possible array of options when it comes to slot and video poker machines. If you have a favorite game show, TV show, movie or character, chances are Vegas casinos has a slot machine just for you!. Expect to find everything from spinning-reel slot machines, video reel slots, video poker and progressives with amounts exceeding $1,000,000.

How Las Vegas Slot Machines Work

Todays modern slot machines look and feel like the old mechanical models, but they work on a completely different principle. The outcome of each pull on the mechanical slot handle, or pressing the spin button is actually controlled by a central computer located inside the machine, not by the motion of the reels. The bells, whistles and spinning wheels are just for show.

The positions the reels will come to rest on are chosen by a Random Number Generator (RNG) contained in the machine's software. The RNG is constantly generating random numbers, at a rate of hundreds or maybe thousands per second. As soon as the lever is pulled or the "Play" button is pressed, the most recent random number is used to determine the result. This means that the result varies depending on exactly when the game is played. A fraction of a second earlier or later, and the result would be different. What does all this mean, you ask?. It means,

1 There is no way to tell which slots are wining machines.
2 There is no reward for playing longer. Persistence doesn't pay off. The result of your previous play or series of plays doesn't determine what happens on your next play. Each play is an independent event with the same odds of winning or losing as every other play on that game.
3 Slot machines are not any more or less likely to hit a jackpot just because they haven't hit for a while. Slots are never "due for a win" and they don't "go cold" after a win.
4 Las Vegas slot machines have one of the worst House Advantage. That means the odds are always in the slot machine's favor.

Now, here is the news you don't want to hear. There is really no strategy to out smart the slot machine. However what we can show you are some wining tips on playing slot machines.

Las Vegas Loose Slots

One of the questions visitors to Las Vegas ask is, where are the loose slots. Loose slots are Slot machines with above-average pay outs.

It's a fact that Las Vegas Slots differ in their payouts. Generally the odds of wining any prize on Las Vegas Slot Machines are approximately 1 in 5. However the odds to wining a top prize on a red, white and blue slot machine, for example, are only 1 in 373,248.

Some slot games pay smaller prizes more frequently and offer more bonus games (Loose Slots). Other machines pay out more often in the middle and top prize categories. It's important to mention that the chances of winning smaller prizes on slots are greater than the chances of winning top prizes.

Las Vegas Slot Machine Tips

Las Vegas Slot Machines Tips Use your Casino Reward card
Play two-coin, three reel, one payline slot machines.
Stay away from three-coin machines unless they are progressive machines.
Don't play more than one machine at a time.
Always play the maximum coins.
Always play machines that show double up symbols.
Don't play nickel slot machines. (check the house advantage here)
Finally, always play where the locals play. If anyone should know where the looser slots can be found in Vegas, the locals do.

Looking for coin operated slot machines on the Strip!
Circus Circus are adding many coin operated slot machines. Check out their Classic Coin Machines in the Main Casino. You can play $1 tokens in the Main Casino or try your luck on quarters at Slots A Fun.

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The Best Number of Coins to Play in Slots

Type of Machine
Rules and Reasons
Progressives
Play maximum coins.
If you play don't play maximum coins, you're only increasing the jackpot for someone else with no chance of winning it yourself.
Straight Multipliers
Play one coin at a time.
The payback and hit frequency are the same regardless of the number of coins you play.
Bonus Multipliers
Play one coin at a time.
The chances of hitting a payout with a bonus are so small, it's not worth the extra risk.
Buy-A-Pays
Play maximum coins.
The increase in payback and hit frequency purchased by the additional coins can turn a terrible machine into a good one.
Hybrids
Play just enough coins to activate all winning combinations.
Extra coins are rarely worth playing in a multiplier, and hybrids are multipliers when you're in the multiplying section of the paytable.
Hidden Buy-A-Pays
Play maximum coins.
The feature activated by playing the last coin frequently makes the last coin pay back over 100%.
Multilines
Play one coin or maximum coins.
Play maximum coins if having winning combinations land on paylines you didn't activate bothers you, otherwise play one coin.
Multicoin/ Multilines
Play one coin each on as many lines as you like.
Play one coin on each line if having winning combinations land on paylines you didn't activate bothers you, otherwise play one coin. If there's a Hidden Buy-A-Pay, play enough coins to activate it.

Source: John Robison - www.Robison.CasinoCityTimes.com

Slots Machines House Advantage and Expected Loss
  House Advantage For Every $100 bet, the player can expect to lose
Penny Slots 8%-12% $8 - $12
Nickel Slots 6%-12% $6 - $12
Quarter Slots 5%-10% $5 -$10
Dollar Slots 2.5%-6% $2.50 -$6

Slot machines typically have house advantages of 2 to 12 percent. A player cannot influence the outcome of traditional slot machine play through any decision-making strategy.

Video Poker

Take a different twist on the increasingly popular game of poker and play your favorite video reel games at most Las Vegas Casinos. Choose from the hottest Vegas video reel games and slot machines. You'll find all your favorites, plus progressives and video poker in a wide range of denominations. Video poker provides all the strategy of poker but at your own pace.

Did you know...
The largest Las Vegas slot machine jackpot ever, was paid on a Megabucks machine at the Excalibur Hotel, for $39,713,982.25 on March 21, 2003.

Do you know ... your chances of hitting a winning combination are the same on every spin.

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