How Does A Casino Slot Machine Work?
Before we get into the mechanics of how slot machines work, it is important to note that slots use Random Number Generators. This generator selects a random number for each reel, and each number chosen corresponds to a stop on its reel. The machine is then directed to stop on the areas utilized by the RNG. Here is one aspect of slot machines I didn't know about. How many times have you seen this happen? You're playing a slot and leave the slot and someone comes along, plays the slot and wins the jackpot. You utter to yourself, damn, I should have stayed. The truth of the matter is that even if you had kept playing that one slot machine, you would not have won anyway because the spin button would have been played at a different time. Thus, it takes a millisecond to delay the spin of the reels that will result in different combinations.
Random Number Generator
The RNG is always working, even when no one is playing. This prevents anyone from looking for a pattern to win. The RNG chooses numbers that are to the infinite degree so that no one can determine a win pattern. Some players choose another slot game because the one they are playing, in their minds, has become dry. Well that's not true either. What is true is that online casinos do have a slight edge over a player. But if you look at the payout percentages, the highest we have seen is at Liberty Slots Casino having an RTP of 98.41%. You won't find this number in any land-based casino. (RTP stands for Return to Player)
In Simple Terms
To play a slot machine, you first read the pay table, decide how much you wish to bet, spin the reels, and hope for a winning combination. Not every slot machine is the same, that is, there are 3-reel slots, 5-reel slots, progressive slots, and jackpot slots. The nature of the slot machine is such that the reels have symbols (or images) on them. The trick is to get a combination of these symbols on 3, 4, or 5 reels. The slots also have special features such as wild symbols, scatter symbols, free spins, and bonus rounds. There are some slots that will pay out constantly, while others will take awhile to produce a win. Again, this is due to the RNG.