Whoever walks into a casino for the first time – including ours – immediately notices the ubiquitous slot machines. Compared to the gaming tables, they are easy access. You press a button, and hopla, fate is either good or not so good for you. Also, you just play on your own, at your own pace and at your own chosen stake.
Still, it can’t hurt to start digging into the world of these glitter machines before you start playing. First of all you distinguish two types: the reel slot machines and the video machines.
Apples and pears
The reel slot machines, known more commonly as ‘one armed bandits’, work mechanically. By pushing the start button, actual mechanical reels are set into motion, determining your winnings.
Fruit machines, can have different themes. What once started with fruit such as apples, pears and cherries evolved into just about every possible theme: from diamonds and jewellery to cartoon series, movie characters and rock bands.
Often there’s also a bar, bell, joker or 7 symbol on top of your win line to grab extra prizes. This is a horizontal or diagonal combination of symbols. The more paylines there are, the greater your chances of winning. The winnings depend on the symbols that fall, each of which has a different value. In slot machines, there is a maximum of five because you play with three reels and three rows. When you get enough credits in the underplay, they go to the win bank. From there you can take them to the topgame where more winlines and bigger prizes await you.
Go play your video game
“Go play your video game” sings Lana Del Rey in her hit “Video Games”. That’s exactly what you can do at VIAGE when you want to bet on a lot of winlines. Slot machines start with three paylines but with the video slots there are also a few dozen of them. The more paylines you bet on, the more likely it is that your prize will be ‘rolled out’. Still, for novice players too many winning lines can seem overwhelming. That’s why you should always choose a machine with the number of lines that suits you. If you have a little more experience, you can always ‘upgrade’ to a slot with more paylines. On these machines you first choose your number of paylines and then the number of credits you want to bet.
So video machines have a higher winning chance than slot machines, they bring fun animations in between and often have a bonus game. On these slots you’ll also find game symbols that can take the value of another symbol to make it easier to get a winning combination. There are also scatter symbols that can provide free spins. And last but not least, many slot machines offer bonus games that can earn you even more points
Whether you like to keep it traditional or prefer to play with lots of sound and colors. Slots are fun, exciting and entertaining. And when fate decides to be on your side, and you go home with an extra penny, or more… Shared happiness is double happiness so don’t forget the staff in that case!