OK, Class, it's test time. I've created this 2-part test for novice and veteran slot players.
I find that slot players possess different levels of expertise and education.
There's the group
that believes that all you have to know is how to push a spin button
or pull that handle. Some think all slots are alike and pay the same.
We all need to upgrade our slots education to stay current, myself included. I visit casinos at least once a week to get educated and work very hard researching any new versions or strategies. Tough work that must be done! I offer up this quiz in the expectation that all slot players will forever hear the sound of 'raining coins'.
Let's get started...
1) What is an RNG?
B. Random Number Generator?
C. Right Number Gaming?
B. Random Number Generator: a computer chip placed inside each slot that is programmed to generate multiple combinations of symbols and payouts. A selection is picked randomly, thus determining the final outcome. A busy little drone.
2) What are the three types of slots?
B. Red White & Blue 7's?
C. Flat Tops, Megabucks and Double Diamonds?
A. The three types of slots are basic, (aka straight slots or 'flat-tops') that have a constant jackpot. Progressives with an ever-changing jackpot and the latest gaming trend, bonus video slots that offer a bonus round for extra winnings. Although the RNG runs all three types, there are different playing strategies for each type.
3) What are loose and
4) What is a hold percentage?
B. % of coins held by casino?
C. % of coins through the slots?
B. Percentage of
coins played that the casinos keep in their hot little hands. The looser
98% slots hold two dollars while returning 98 dollars to the player.
5) Do some slots have a higher 'hit' frequency?
C. All the same?
A. With the introduction of the new bonus video slots, hit frequencies have been increased to a high of every 2-3 spins. While you don't always get your original bet back, these graphic-rich slots provide the most entertainment for your money. Wager management is the key here. It's not always wise to bet maximum coins every time.
6) What is a multiplier slot?
B. Pays more for more coins played on certain winning combinations?
C. Multiplies your win no matter how many coins played?
B. Stated simply,
the more coins played, the better the winning payouts. Particular symbol
payouts, as per slot schedule, are multiplied by number of coins played.
This can mean the difference between a 2-coin payout and a 10-coin payout
for max. coin in play. So, 1 bar, 2 bars, 3 bars--oh yeah!
B. A certain combination nudges you to the Bonus round?
C. Paying Symbol dropping up or down on center payline for win?
C. Come on baby,
drop that paying symbol down and give mama a big win.
8) What is a 'certified' slot?
B. Slot that is guaranteed to payback a large percentage, as high as 98%+?
C. Slot that is certified to have a certain number of symbols?
B. Most casinos
promote their 'certified' slots at a bank or carousel with flashing,
large, neon lights generally near the entrance of the casino. Like carnival
9) Will all 'certified' slots payout their advertised rate all the time?
C. Can I sell you some land in Pango-Pango?
slots payouts; whether they are advertised at 98% or 100% are programmed
over an average period of time that could be weeks or months.
10) What's a short win?
B. A win just before you are running out of money?
C. A large win with a small cash outlay?
C. This happens
all the time. A large jackpot is hit with a minimal cash outlay.
Until next we meet, remember: 'Not only do you have good luck with a gambling education, but you are making your luck.'