Slot machines are games played on a reel with a series of symbols. Typically, a slot has three reels and one, two, or three pay lines. If a winning combination is achieved, the credits earned are listed on the pay table. Some slots have more advanced bonus features.
Modern slot machines offer more sophisticated video graphics and interactive features. For example, you may be able to hold the spin button and have the machine run off a program of your choice. This may result in bigger payouts.
Other common slot features include wild and scatter symbols. Wild symbols substitute for other symbols and may appear on more than one reel. They can be stacked across the entire reel and will award a lower prize.
A slot machine may also have special bonuses that align with the theme of the game. These may be activated by a push of a button, or by lighting a candle on top of the machine. The bonus mode may feature special scenes and music on the LCD screen.
You’ll also find a credit meter on the machine, which will show the number of credits you have on the machine. Sometimes, the credit meter is displayed in the help menu, or on the face of the machine.
In some jurisdictions, the payout percentage of the machine is stored on a CD-ROM, DVD, or even NVRAM. The percentage is determined by the manufacturer at the time of the software’s creation.