Slots are fun and easy to play. There are really no
particular rules you need to be concerned with. The main object
of the game is to hit a jackpot. Drop in a coin and pull
the handle. The lights and ringing bells will let you know when
you have hit the jackpot. If you have a question or are unsure
of something, simply ask a slot attendant for assistance.
All slot machines display the payoffs, and those that work in
a certain way, have instructions on them.
Slot machines were introduced around the turn of the
century, and their popularity increases daily. For many players,
playing slots is still the most enjoyable and relaxing form of
These so called 'one-armed bandits' can be found in every
casino, with a variety of models and coin denominations to
please every player, including mechanical, electromechanical
video, and the new touch-screen versions. With one touch of the
screen, you can change from poker to slots. There are three to
nine reels, criss-crosses, multiples, progressives, and
specialty machines such as 21, Keno, Videopoker, Poker Bingo,
and Video Horse Racing and Dog Racing.
There are many different slot machine games. Jackpot size,
combinations, symbols, size and number of coins allowed in each
play vary as well. Included in these games are the popular
Videopoker games. Modern slot machines are completely
electronic. Symbol combinations come up randomly and machines
are pre-programmed to return a certain percentage to the
Slots account for a good portion of a casino's action and
winnings. They are simple to use, inexpensive to maintain, and
require little or no skill to play.
To the player, a slot machine returns on average between 85%
and 98%. The average casino advantage is calculated to be around
Videopoker is a draw poker in slot machine
form. Players Hold or Discard from five cards showing and
get a second deal, or stand with a pat hand. It has become the
most popular game of chance among casino players in the U.S.
Eighty percent of respondents to a recent survey in Las Vegas
said they played videopoker.
There are important differences between Videopoker and
Table Poker worth noting as follows:
- In Videopoker the House is represented by a machine not a
dealer and the video machine does not attempt to
- You donít have to figure out what the other player's hand
could be like when playing against other players.
- You cannot bluff.
- You do not run the risk of being beaten by another player.
If you have a strong hand, you win. In Table Poker, you could
have a strong hand like three of a kind and lose to another
player who has a better hand.
- A good decision in Videopoker may be a bad one for Table
Poker. What is advantageous to hold in Videopoker may prove
disadvantageous in Table Poker and vice versa.
Since its introduction in the early 1980's, Videopoker has
grown into one of the casino's most popular games. Unlike
regular Poker, which is played against other players at a poker
table, Videopoker is played individually on a machine that uses
video technology to create a Poker hand.
Based on the classic Five Card Stud, Videopoker
challenges players to build the best possible five-card hand.
The player is dealt five cards and has the option of discarding
any or all of the cards. New cards are dealt to replace the
Payoffs are based on a scale, paying players for hands as low
as a pair of tens or Jacks all the way up to a Royal Flush. Like
slot machines, Videopoker machines are available in many
denominations, with 25c and $1 machines being the most popular.
Many casinos also offer progressive payoffs or bonuses for
Royal Flushes or other special hands. Videopoker provides
variety too, with versions ranging from 'Jacks or Better'
to 'Deuces Wild' and 'Jokers Wild'.
The ranking of hands starting from the highest are as
- Five of a Kind
- Royal Flush
- Straight Flush
- Four of a Kind
- Full House
- Three of a Kind
- Two Pair
- A Pair
Five of a Kind is only possible when using a Joker or Wild
Cards and is the highest possible hand.
Note: Las Vegas regulations require that the
outcome of any hand in Videopoker not be affected by the
number of coins played. If you get a good hand with one coin
bet, you would have been dealt the same hand with two or more
House advantage 3% average