Slot Machine Glossary
The slot machine is by far the most popular and profitable casino game, and with slot machines dominating the online, mobile, and social markets, there's been a resurgence in interest in the one-armed bandit. This glossary covers terms used by slot players and the slot machine industry. We've included an example of each word used in a sentence. Newcomers to the world of slot gaming should familiarize themselves with the terms below before they head to the casino.
"Spend a little extra time reading the pay table of that game – it's a 243 Ways to Win slot."
"Your slot club card rewards you with comps based on your action."
"If you're bored with traditional games, look for one of the new all pays slots available online."
"Fans of retro gaming will find themselves drawn to the classic styling of the casino's basic slots."
"You can squeeze in a lot more playing time if you wager using the Bet Max button."
"Managing your slot bankroll starts with working out how many betting units you can afford to spend per hour."
"You should have seen the slot hosts come running after Aunt Mary got that big hit."
"More and more, slot designers are producing games with skill-based bonus features."
"The buy-a-pay slot is the most misunderstood game on the casino floor."
"The first thing I look for when I walk into a new casino is a penny slot carousel."
(Coin In, Coin Out)
"You can get an idea of your total CICO for a given slot by analyzing the points on your slot club card."
"This game's bonus feature pays a special multiplier prize based on the total number of coins wagered."
"Some slots allow you to select your coin size, others set a fixed-price value for each coin."
"Earning slot club comps shaves a tiny fraction off the casino's built-in advantage."
"Grandma said she prefers to play the console slots, even though they're a little more expensive."
"Fifty credits per spin is too rich for my blood."
"The only benefit to using a higher denomination is a larger set of possible payouts."
"Slots that use double symbols and triple symbols are perceived as more exciting than slots that don't."
"Fixed-value slots make it easier to manage your slot bankroll, though they limit your options as a player."
"Wouldn't you know it - I spent all that cash and then finally hit a jackpot during a free spin."
"I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the classic fruit machines found in British pubs."
"I tried to work out the hit frequency of this new progressive slot, but I was distracted by the pretty cocktail waitress."
"Theoretically, a machine programmed to have a 95% hold percentage will keep 5% of all the money a player feeds into it."
"You have to bet five coins per spin to gain access to the jackpot – it's a buy-a-pay slot."
"I try to always place a max line bet on progressive slots."
"Linked progressive slots are placed prominently on the casino floor to attract attention."
"You don't find nearly as many low-level slots in Atlantic City as you do in Las Vegas."
"I like this slot's multiplier feature – I just wish it came up more often."
"I needed five cherry symbols for the jackpot, and only got four. Talk about a near-miss."
"Nudge slots are exciting because it seems like you win more often, even though the odds are adjusted to take the nudge effect into account."
"I got robbed by the one-armed bandit all weekend."
"Progressive slots and games with lots of bonus features generally have a lower payback percentage than traditional slots."
"If I had all fifty pay lines activated, that last win would have paid my mortgage for six months."
"Reading a slot's pay table is a simple matter of finding a winning combination and reading the payout listed next to it."
"You can tell how much variance a slot has by reading its pay table and comparing the payouts to one another."
"If you don't have a lot of money to waste, there's a penny slot on the casino floor with your name on it."
"When he called the slot machine a ‘pokie,' I had to bite my lip to keep from laughing."
"This progressive slot has been taking my money for years – maybe today's my lucky day."
"The reel stop slots of the 1970s added a new skill dimension to slot play, but weren't all that popular with players because of their reduced payouts and small jackpots."
"Old-school slot machines had just three reels, while most modern games have five or more sets of spinning symbols."
(Random Number Generator)
"The use of Random Number Generator software gave game designers the freedom to produce increasingly complicated and feature-laden slots. "
"Usually, a specific number of scatter symbols must appear to trigger a bonus or prize."
"Modern licensed games depend on video scenes and second-screen bonus games to attract players familiar with the brand."
"Sure, you can play nickel slots for a nickel per spin, but all your jackpots will be short wins."
"Joining the slot club won't cost you a thing and could lead to some nice freebies."
"Tipping your slot host after a big win is considered proper etiquette – how much you tip is up to you."
"The slot machine is America's greatest contribution to the world of gambling."
"I love this casino's promotions – especially the weekly $10,000 slot tournament."
"As a low-roller, I'm most comfortable betting about $0.50 per spin."
"The best symbol on this game is the game's logo itself, which acts as a scatter and a wild at the same time."
"I was in a good rhythm and then the machine tilted and I had to switch games."
(Ticket In, Ticket Out)
"You wouldn't believe how many people leave behind tickets in TITO slots."
"I was betting a nickel per credit and betting the fifty pay line max, for a total bet of $2.50 per spin."
"You hardly ever see anything but video slots these days – but I miss the spinning reels of the basic slots."
"The largest jackpot in Vegas history was won on a wide-area progressive slot machine."