The American English term slot games are known by many different monikers around the world:
- The British refer to them as fruit machines
- Scottish people play puggy
- Pokies are enjoyed by Australians and players from New Zealand
Australia Slots are casino gambling machines with a minimum of three reels which are set spinning when a button is selected.
They are also known as one-armed bandits, in reference to the fact that they were firstly operated by a lever set on the machine’s side, rather than the button in use today, and the fact that they could steal an unwary player’s hard-earned money if proper care was not taken; gamblers operating several machines at a time in an attempt to make the best possible payout are known as multi-armed bandits.
Many machines today still feature a so-called legacy lever along with the button provided for play.
Slot games include currency detectors which are able to validate the money which players insert into the machines, and the payouts governing the combinations are based on the icons which are displayed along the machine’s front when the reels stop spinning.
Modern-day computer technology has many variations on the original slot machine idea in place, and these are the most commonly played games in casinos around the world.
The Computerisation of Slot Games
Video slot games are a recent gambling innovation, and these do not contain any moving parts whatsoever, with a graphical representation of reels appearing on the game’s screen instead. Players are able to make use of more interactive elements with these games, thanks to the fact that they are essentially a computer game, and advanced video graphics and bonus elements are the order of the day.
Most video slot games have five reels rather than the standard three, and this allows for a far greater amount of outcomes, with many more combinations becoming a possibility for players in online gambling. These games generally have a theme, which is indicated by the name the manufacturer has assigned it, and the symbols for play will all reflect these.
Many video slots take blockbuster films as their inspiration, and provide players with a new way to experience a film they have especially enjoyed, and, thanks to the fact that online casinos are not limited by space in the way that land-based casinos are, hundreds of slots games are generally provided for players to enjoy.
The Pay Table Provided for Slot Games
Slot games will have a table that provides information on the amount of credits the player is able to receive if the icons listed on it line up along the machine’s payline. Some icons are designated as wild, and are able to stand in for many, and, in some cases, all, of the other icons for the game in order to complete a winning combination on behalf of the player.
On old-fashioned machines the paytable will generally be listed on the machine’s face, but more modern ones will have it displayed onscreen when the button governing this action is depressed, or the one on a touchscreen is selected.