Who plays the slot machines? - Online Gambling

Myth: “Slot machines are for old ladies on ferry crossings and Caribbean gambling cruises”.

The reel story: Gambling and ferry crossings go together like flights and airports. It has been a phenomenon as early as the Mississippi river boats in the 1800’s, if not earlier. As the Mississippi River connected waterways for numerous trade avenues, many gambling establishments were popular, not only with professional gamblers, but also with many of the cash carrying travellers and traders.

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Nowadays, the slot machine is a popular way to kill time during ferry crossings all over the world. There are even boats where the main purpose for the voyage is to gamble, like poker cruises in the Caribbean. If the boat leaves a country or a state where gambling is illegal, the casino and the slot machines will open as soon as the ship is three miles offshore in international water. Gambling is always popular on these voyages.

But are the slot machines principally popular among old ladies? A glance at the slot floors in Vegas and on some European ferry crossings could sometimes indicate exactly that.

It turns out this old stereotype is still somewhat true today, but only to a certain degree. Slot machines are popular amongst people from both genders and most age groups.

According to recent studies, while about 66 percent of male casino players play the slot machines, totally 81 percent of female casino players choose slot machines as their primary game. As for demographic age, recent statistics published in the U.S. News and Word Report show casino players having a median age of 47 and a median income of $41.000.

Grizzly_Granny says: “Slot machines have been a hit among aging ladies for as long as I can remember”.

Keeping it random - How to manipulate slot machines

Myth: “Casinos can manipulate and rig the slot machines with the flip of a switch”.

The Reel Story: We can say it right away: This myth is false. How can we reach such conclusion: Let us explain how, in five easy steps.

1: The Random Number Generator. The moment you make your bet and spin a slot machine’s reels, a computer algorithm decides the outcome of your spin through a computer program called a Random Number Generator (RNG). This RNG generates thousands of numbers each second.

2: Dividing the RNG numbers. One of these randomly selected numbers is selected for each reel and is already plotted algorithmically into each reel’s stop position. This plotting is the result of dividing the random number generated by the RNG by 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, or 512.

3. Where will the reel stop? Once the RNG-generated number has been divided by one of these numbers, the remainder of the resulting value represents the number of the stopping position of the reels.

4. Recognizing the symbol. The stop number is then compared with the slot machine’s lookup table. That table lists the symbol for each reel that should appear given a particular stop number.

5. Did you spin a win? Then, the slot’s computer chip checks the internal pay table to determine whether there is a winning combination. If there is, the computer further checks the appropriate amount of the winning combination’s payout.

Spins247.com says: It sounds complicated, we know, but wouldn’t you want it to be?

Slot machine slang: Casino words and expressions

It’s not brain surgery, but there are some words and expressions you need to know when playing slot machines.

Reel - The circular devices on which the slot machine symbols are printed on. A typical slot machine has three to five reels. These reels spin and stop revealing the symbols on a:

Payline - a line on the slot machines face, where the symbols must line up on in order to win. You can see how much you win for each combination on a:

Paytable - an area on the slot machine that shows the different winning combinations, what they will pay and how much must be wagered in order to win certain amounts, bonuses or jackpots.

On some slot machine you will also find a “ticking” number which keeps increasing. These slot machines are called:

Progressive slot machines - a network of slot machines that are linked together to pay out one large jackpot. A percentage of every amount played from every machine is put towards one large jackpot. When someone wins this jackpot, the jackpot is reset (usually not to zero) and starts to grow again until someone wins again, and so on. These jackpots can usually not be won with a:

Wild symbol - symbols that can represent all the other symbols, like a joker in some card games.

Slot machine tactics – be a Slot Room Casino Slut!

Myth: ”There is no such thing as a good tactic for slot machines”.

Believed by: Pessimists, realists and anti-gamblers all over the world, for more than 100 years.

The Reel Story will devote a double blog entry to the subject of slot machine tactics. Not because they are very complicated, but because they are very important. 

There are mainly three things you need to consider when looking for slot machine tactics that will optimize your profit. One has to do with gameplay, one has to do with mathematics and one has nothing to do with marriage. Read on and you will understand why.

1: Play with maximum coins

You are generally not left with many options for actual slot machine gameplay. Different slot machines have different set-ups, some with the option to hold reels and spin again, some with extra bonus rounds, some with other odd features, but one option that is common amongst most slot machines is the option to choose how many coins or how much you wish to wager for each spin.

Always, always, always choose maximum coins or maximum stake.


Because when you play with maximum amount or maximum coins, you trigger the full jackpots and the highest winnings. This may well prove to be your destiny when the right symbols on those holy reels finally appear in perfect symmetry in front of you.

Many people in the history of slot machines have been struck by the shock of perfect reel symmetry, only to find out that the full jackpot was not triggered because maximum amount or coins was not wagered. Normally there are also higher winnings to be won in comparison with the amount wagered when the amount wagered is the maximum. 

This tactic is of course an expensive one and needs to be applied according to your bankroll. If you have a big bankroll, you should go for the highest jackpot in every spin. If you have a small bankroll, you should find slot machines with low maximum stake/coins.

Good examples in that last category include InterCasino’s Triple Olives 25c and EuroCasino’s Fishy Fortune.

2: Find the slot machines with the highest payout percentage

As simple as it sounds. In order to maximize profits, you need to choose your slot machines carefully and concentrate on the ones with a high payout percentage.

You should also make sure that when you find a slot machine, casino or slot room with a high payout percentage, you should make sure their numbers are being controlled by a trusted, external auditor.

3. Be a slot Room Casino Slut!

Casinos and slot rooms are not like wives or husbands, its ok to be unfaithful or even a slot room slut. In fact, we strongly recommend it. We actually believe in this so much that we almost renamed the whole blog “In Diana Jones and the Hunt for the Holy Reel”.

By spreading your deposits with different casinos and slot rooms, you can greatly capitalize on the bonuses offered to new customers.

Spins247.com says: The general idea here is to minimize loss and maximize profit while you wait for a jackpot to come along. So… 1: Play with maximum coins, and find a slot machine with a low maximum stake if your bankroll is limited. 2: Find casinos and slot machines with high payout percentages. 3: Be a slot room slut.

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